There’s nothing quite like arriving home and having a fluffy dog bound over to say hi, or having a purring cat on your lap as you relax in front of the telly. When it comes to owning a pet, there are a whole bunch of physical, mental and emotional benefits that you can enjoy along with all the fun stuff. Let’s take a look at some of them…
If you’ve got a pet, chances are that your social skills and interactions are being improved in the background. For instance, if you have a dog and have taken it out for a walk, you’re quite likely to end up chatting to another dog owner or having people come over to pat your furry friend. Animals such as cats and dogs have also been used in a therapeutic sense, helping those with social anxiety and other related conditions improve their ability to interact and form bonds.
Pets can be fantastic stress relievers. You could have had the worst day in the world but coming home and giving your furry friend a cuddle goes a long way to helping you relax. Imagine a cuddly cat or fluffy bunny and everything else will just melt away. This is on a biological level as well as a physical one – for example playing with a dog or cat can raise levels of serotonin and dopamine which help us feel happy and relaxed.
Every made a cat chase a laser light or thrown a ball for a dog to fetch? Its great fun! Those who have pets definitely have more laughter in their life and putting them through their paces can be a really enjoyable way to spend your time. What’s more, it makes them happy too, so everyone wins!
Lowers chances of allergies in children
Studies have also shown that children who grow up in a household with pets are less likely to develop an allergy to animals later in life when compared to those who grow up without them. However, keep in mind that if you’re already an adult with allergies, having a pet will not reverse the effect.
They are fantastic company
There’s a reason why so many people have pets – they are fantastic company and always around when you need them. Whether you live by yourself or simply need to relax, pets are the ideal companion as all they want to do is relax too and don’t tend to ask any questions!
So there you have it; pets are great! If you are able to have them, cats, rabbits, birds and dogs are fantastic, but if you don’t have the space, a goldfish can still be therapeutic in its own way – just try not to cuddle it.