6 reasons why owning a pet will help keep your mind and body healthy
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise to me. I love my pets and all of the good that they do in my day-to-day life is easily noticed. In my opinion, everyone should make a pet part of their lives.
I’d probably add even more furry additions to my life if I wasn’t as busy. You could also bet your bottom dollar that if my homeowner’s association allowed it, I’d have chickens and goats in my backyard.
My dog keeps me active.
I’m not an overly athletic person, but I’m active daily. My dog, Winnie, who is a 5-year-old rescue mutt, serves as an incentive and a reminder every single day to get outside and enjoy the sun and fresh air. As people, we are always on the move and spend time in different places daily. We really take that for granted. My dog on the other hand, she very patiently waits for me at home each day whenever I leave. Her walk in the evening is the highlight of her whole day. She gets the opportunity to get out of the house, stretch her legs, and sniff some new smells.
If I don’t get her out, I feel like I’ve let her down.
She’s wonderful, and though I don’t know much about her background, I feel like giving her daily walks is the least I can do to keep her happy. However, I also reap the benefits of enjoying a short hike with her around the neighborhood. They say that 30 minutes of physical activity a day is all a person needs to make a noticeable difference in one’s health and demeanor. Going on walks with Winnie is a win-win.
My cat helps me manage stress.
I call my cat my “dumpster treasure”. She was one of my first pets when I moved out on my own. My husband (boyfriend at the time) and I had just moved in together in a tiny, 600 square foot apartment. I found Pixie in that apartment complex’s dumpster and pulled her out. The intention wasn’t to keep her…but knowing what I know about adult, black cats (they are euthanized more often than other cats in the shelter) I knew her chances weren’t good.
At first, she was a hissing ball of anger. But, it didn’t take her long to come around. Now, I can easily say that she is one of the friendliest and most social cats that I know. I’ve heard from many sources that cats’ purring can relieve stress and I believe that to the fullest. Pixie will lay with me when I am relaxing on the couch and having her purring and close by is comforting.
She also never fails to remind me when I am getting too wrapped up in work or a special project by forcing herself into my lap or next to my computer. She’s constantly checking up on me (in exchange for some scratching).
My ferrets make me laugh.
Full disclosure: Ferrets are NOT an easy pet. I love mine, but they are a ton of work. So, anyone thinking about getting one or two as a pet, I recommend doing your research.
That being said; these critters are a riot. They have so much personality and their behaviors will make you endlessly laugh. They sleep for 18 hours a day, but when they are awake…
Well…if espresso was an animal, this is what it would be.
My entire house is “ferret proof” – Yes, much like “child proof”. So, when me or my husband is home, they pretty much get free reign. Molli, my female, is obsessed with soft things. She steals and hides everything from socks, to dog toys, to oven mitts (yes, she knows how to get into drawers and on counter tops). Pop, my male, he prefers to steal crinkly things. So, I often catch him taking things like toothpaste boxes out of the bathroom trashcans.
These little pets are great fun to watch. They hop and pounce everywhere and it’s as if every morning they are waking up to a whole new world. They are clumsy and determined.
Every pet has something to offer.
With all of the different kinds of pets available, there’s something out there for everyone. I’ve had a variety of pets including the usual dogs and cats, and also ducks and other unusual things.
Pets are great for giving your day purpose and routine and they are a source of unconditional love. I don’t think that there will ever be a time in my life when I don’t have any pets!
Tell us about your pets in the comments!
A recent study found pet ownership could help save the health service up to £2.45bn a year, simply by reducing the number of times people visit their doctor. The calculation’s based on the influence that owning a pet has on mental and physical health, plus lower rates of illnesses and better wellbeing among pet-owners .