Planning to get a pet at home? Here are the 11 Reasons to bring them ASAP
We all know that pets are remarkable for their capacity to love. But how often do you think about your pet's sense of humour? Or its ability to be goofy, compassionate, or comforting? Animals bring a vast number of benefits to their human companions, improving every aspect of their owners' lives; from their health to their optimism and outlook towards the future.
A recent study showed that in American households, there are more pets than children, wow! Infact, in the United States, the ‘American Pet Products Association’ (APPMA) claims that majority of Americans spend more than $60 Billion on their pets. Statistics also say that there has also been an increase in the number of Indian families opting for pets. Keeping pets at home has several benefits — and if you're among those who has always wanted to keep a pet, with the below reasons let us convince you to go ahead and get one home!
Pets can enhance your mood:
Whether you believe it or not, they actually do. Research has shown that people who suffer from various diseases have lesser chances of depression if they keep pets, as compared to those who are suffering from similar diseases and don't keep pets. And those who have them at home, will definitely agree that they help us to improve our mood and temperament.
Help you control your Blood Pressure:
Research backs this up, living with pets provides health benefits like lowering blood pressure and anxiety - and boosting immunity, as well. Levels of serotonin and dopamine (those neurotransmitters that make you feel so good) rise when you play with a dog or a cat or even your pet parrot. And several studies have found that pet owners who have heart attacks survive longer than those who don't have pets. Hmm... we are sure a lot of pet owners are smiling out there.
Your Pet is Your Friend:
Pets, whether dogs, cats or any farm animals – make great friends for everyone in the family because they are a great source of love and friendship. Pets are playful beings in the house as they keep everyone, young and old, happy in the house. It is believed that elders find great companions in pets, and kids who grow up with pets are less self-centred than the ones that have no pets at home. With pets at home, you always feel attached to your house, and want to come home soon, no matter where you are.
A dosage of Entertainment:
Pets are a great source of entertainment. They are living creatures that have habits, quirks, and personalities that can keep you laughing for hours. Dogs, cats, and birds are probably most known for having distinct personalities. The best part is that pet’s personalities can distract you from issues you are having, cause you to engage in more heart-healthy laughter, and keep boredom away.
They build Responsibility within you:
No matter what type of pet you get home, it will require all your attention. Being responsible for another living being can help you be more responsible in the rest of your life too. This is especially true for kids who are learning the value of routine and good habits. However, adults can benefit from the consistent responsibility as well.
The Real Stress Busters:
Pets are a huge stress buster, and every pet owner will agree with this. After a long day at work, just looking at your pet waiting for you at the doorstep is a massive stress buster. The moment your pet comes and cuddles you, all your tensions of the day vanish in a jiffy. Not to mention all the licking which makes you forget all your worries for a moment!
They increase and build our social connections:
Ever notice that when you’re out with your pet, strangers are more apt to smile, either they say hello, even strike up a conversation? And when you share a goofy video clip or retell a funny story about your pet dog or pet cat, people immediately chime in and share their own pet’s similarly silly antics.
Ditch the Alarm Clock, Get a Pet:
Alarm clocks are an evil necessity of life, right? Especially when we have a 9 to 6 job. But those who own a pet will understand what we mean to say. So don’t be surprised if you have your cat or dog, meowing or barking very loudly at your head while you are sleeping, standing over you, or even swatting you with their paw to wake you up.
A growth of Animal Lover in you:
The way we respect animals shapes the way we treat not only ourselves but others. It’s not uncommon for young children to pull a cat’s tail or tug at a dog’s fur out of mischief but it’s up to us, as adults, to teach the surrounding young to respect animals. Animals have feelings and deserve respect, and they make us people better.
Understanding the Unsaid:
If you have pets around, you become extra vigil and give your best to understand what your pet is trying to tell you. Non-verbal communication becomes an important aspect of life and you slowly start understanding the unsaid.
Learning About Life:
It is very important for people to know that nothing is eternal and that both humans and animals live and die. Having a pet helps people understand the cycle of life and how everything we have is bound to end someday. Dealing with life and death is one of the most difficult tasks in life and owning a pet prepares individuals to deal with the harsh emotional events in life. People who have owned several pets during their life time deal better with emotional trials and better endure emotional loses in their lives.
Pets require attention and dedication, but those are small prices to pay for the amount of physical and mental benefits they bring into our lives. If you are debating getting one, then the following reasons you should have a pet will likely have you heading out and searching for your next furry (or not so furry) addition to your home.