There’s a reason why pet ownership rates are at an all-time high. Owning a pet, whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, rabbit, fish, hamster, rat, or even a ferret, is a hugely rewarding and life-affirming experience.
No matter what kind of pet you have, he/she promises to be a wonderful companion who will add meaning, love, and laughter to your life.
If you need a little more convincing, here are 5 reasons why we think not only you but everyone, should have a pet.
They Are Loyal Companions
Humans are changeable creatures. No matter how strong your relationship with a loved one might be, there is, unfortunately, always a chance that you will grow apart.
This does not apply for a pet. No matter what ups and downs you go through, your pet will be by your side until their last moment.
Your pet may not be able to understand exactly what it is that’s bothering you; however, pets are still proven to be highly tuned into their owners’ emotional states.
The love you give to a pet will always be returned in double, triple, quadruple measure.
You Will Learn Selflessness
Taking care of a pet isn’t an easy task, especially when you first bring him/her home. They are living beings and require lots of care and attention.
However, once you begin taking care of your furry (or scaly!) friend, you’ll soon fall into a routine. Doing the tasks associated with their wellbeing will become something you do willingly and automatically.
It doesn’t matter if you had a night out on the town planned. If your pet falls sick, you will invariably cancel all plans to stay home and take care of him/her. Nothing will seem more important.
They Improve Your Mental Health
When you’re responsible for a life, your sense of purpose in life will be bolstered—pets add meaning to life.
Undoubtedly, some pet owners need this more than others; for those who suffer from depression, pets can greatly benefit their mental health.
A number of studies have shown that spending quality time with your pet decreases cortisol, the “stress” hormone. Furthermore, it can also increase the happy” chemicals dopamine and oxytocin in your system.
It makes sense why therapy pets exist, doesn’t it?
You Will Be Kept Physically Fit
This is undoubtedly one of the most prominent reasons why owning a pet is so beneficial. Most kinds of pets require a good amount of physical exercise, so you’ll be spending a lot of time playing with them.
When you come home after a long day, taking your pet out for a walk may seem like the last thing you want to do, because you’re mentally exhausted. But once you settle into a routine of exercise with your pet, it’ll come naturally to you.
Before you know it, you’ll soon start losing weight!
They Will Increase Your Socialization Skills
Most pet owners will be able to attest to the fact that pets are amazing icebreakers. Given the growing number of pet owners, you will undoubtedly find many people with similar interests to you.
For example, many dog owners attend dog walking clubs or cat cafes, where you will undoubtedly find like-minded individuals.
Sometimes, the topic of your pet will also work as a good buffer in conversations. Even if you’re a naturally introverted person, your pet will help you open up.
The reasons we’ve covered in this article are barely enough to express the true joy of owning a pet.
A pet will make you happier, healthier, and better in ways that you can only experience when you get one. However, make sure you’re ready before you do.
We wish you the best of luck with finding your animal companion!