Find out How a Pet Can Change your Life for the Better
People that say pets are ‘just animals’ has clearly never owned one. Just because they’re not human and don’t speak our language doesn’t mean they don’t love and understand us and provide fulfillment in our lives. Owning a pet is one of the best things you will ever do, here are some of the ways they can change your life for the better.
They Provide Companionship
Pets provide such companionship, they’re loyal and loving and really are part of the family. If you live on your own, they can make your home feel much less lonely. If you live with your family, a pet can make it feel ‘complete.’ Having your pet there every day to come home to also provides a certain stability and comfort. Regardless of how bad your day has been, it’s always a little better knowing you have a friendly furry companion to greet you at the end of it.
They’re Good For Health
The health benefits of owning a pet have been well documented. Stroking a pet reduces blood pressure and anxiety, and can even boost immunity. Having a pet can also encourage you to be more active too. If you have a dog, you will need to take them on daily walks; this can encourage people who might not usually leave the house to get out more. Even playing with a dog or cat at home burns calories and gets you moving around. This is particularly useful for older adults as it stops them from slowing down too much when they have a furry friend to get up and care for.
They Can Help With Disabilities
Support animals such as guide dogs and service dogs can literally transform the lives of people with disabilities. But actually, there are lots of other ways animals can help those with an impairment. Autistic children who struggle to make bonds and friendships with other children take comfort in spending time with animals. People with a range of disabilities and conditions (including everything from stress and anxiety to epilepsy to diabetes) are able to register their animal as being an ‘emotional support animal.’ This provides a number of benefits.
For example, landlords who usually refuse tenants with pets legally have to accept your support animal. It means they can be taken in public places where pets generally wouldn’t be allowed, and you can even fly with your pet without additional charges being added. As well as dogs, cats also make excellent companions; you can find out how to register a cat as an emotional support animal online. Any domesticated animal may qualify from snakes to mice to hedgehogs- whatever provides you with a degree of comfort.
They Teach You Responsibility
Owning a pet shows you just how selflessly you can love. When you have a little creature who is solely dependent on you, you have to step up to the plate. Sure cleaning cat litter boxes, rodent cages or taking dogs for early morning walks before work might not always be the most fun activities. But you do it because you love your pet and want them to be happy and healthy. It can be an excellent way to learn responsibility before having children.