Reasons Why You Should Have A Pet
Pets have a magical effect on us and you surely need one a lot more than you realize! It’s funny how we actually tend to think about only cats and dogs when we think about pets. A pet however is not a term secluded only to specific animals. The pleasure an animal brings to the life of humans is the only qualifying factor for pets. In doubt as to the reasons why you should have a pet? Read on!
Pets are great companions and have an amazing way of adding excitement to our lives. By devoting time and attention to caring for them, they not only decorate us with huge doses of love in return. You see, the bond you build with your pet has a profound way of robbing off on all the other aspects of your life before you can even realize it. You soon begin to learn to show empathy and become an even more intentional human. What’s more? Snuggling up with a furry friend has amazing mental and physical health benefits.
If you had to pick a pet, which would it be?
True enough, before picking a pet, there are certain factors that you always have to consider. I’ll give you a heads up. The societal norms, the cost of keeping a pet, security, etcetera are always key factors. In certain parts of the world, for instance, Nigeria, cats are believed to be fetish. And trust me, you don’t want to be the odd person in the neighborhood having a pet cat. But even if dogs are more acceptable according to the preconceived notions people hold, they are quite expensive to own.
As you make up your mind on what pet to get for yourself, do not box yourself in. It always helps to weigh the options and get yourself the pet you consider best suited both for your emotional, financial, and environmental conditions. You don’t want to miss out on having a cuddly, goofy, cute pet that resonates with your personality.
Reasons Why You Need A Pet
Pets help to relieve stress
Everybody wants to be touched! That’s why babies are held almost as soon as they are born. Pets fulfill this basic human need for touch. By stroking, hugging, or touching a loving animal, a person’s serotonin and dopamine levels are elevated. This helps to calm and soothe you, especially when you’re stressed or anxious.
Pets help you exercise
Dogs are so full of energy! They never run out of excitement and can always find a reason to be hilarious too (try placing your dog on a skating board and watch the wonder that will unfold before your eyes). With a dog, you can always stay active and physically fit.
Pets are great listeners
Need a space where you can pour your heart out without chances of you getting interrupted, pets are your go-to guys. Without saying a word, pets provide great companionship. Isn’t it wonderful to know that you can share your worries and failures without the fear of being judged?
Dogs are able to understand words, emotions, gestures, and even body language. They look into your eyes and give you complete attention.
Pets expand your social circle
Try taking your dog for a walk and you’ll find out how incredibly easy pet owners find it o interact with themselves. Pet owners, no matter where they are (pet stores, training classes, parks) frequently stop and talk to themselves. What other way is there to make a friend than this? Also, kids who are emotionally attached to their pets are better able to build relationships with other people.
Pets improve mental health
In a survey by the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute, 74% of pet owners said their pet boosted their mental health. Isn’t that incredible? Pets help to reduce cortisol levels and significantly increase oxytocin. What’s more? Looking into those adorable eyes will help you cope better with everyday life’s challenges.
Now that you’ve read this, what’s it going to be? Here’s a word of counsel for you – do not deny yourself the incredible opportunity of having a furry friend. You’ll be glad. Cheers to you.
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