We all love pets; dogs, cats, fish and even guinea pigs. They’re just great, and so cute. Pets serve a much bigger purpose than just being cute, though. Here is how you can become a better person by owning a fur pal.
They Teach Responsibility
One of the most obvious benefits of owning a pet is the lesson of responsibility. Puppies can look as cute and sweet as they like, but taking care of them isn’t always cute. You have to work hard to make sure they’re healthy and happy, which isn’t as easy as it seems. If you have children, owning a pet can help teach them about responsibility and that they have to work hard to keep something as fun and exciting as a pet in their lives. Raising boys with pets is a great way to raise them for “parent play”, a skill that is often subjected to girls only. Liz Walden from Pet Secure shares her wisdom. “Anyone who's owned a pet will know how the responsibility alone changes them for the better. However, one of the biggest impacts that a pet will have on an owner is realising how much of their own personality they see in their pet, giving them a greater sense of introspection.” Find out more about Pet Secure by following them on Facebook.
They Force You To Be Sociable
Owning a pet pretty much forces you to be outside a lot of the time. If you own a dog, you’re going to have to take them for walks every day, and if your dog is cute (of course they’re cute), you’re going to get a lot of people coming up to you and wanting to chat to your furry pal. Since your pet can’t talk back, you’re going to have to do it for them. Owning a dog is a great way to make new friends, get outside and be surrounded by others, even if you don’t want to. Playing with your dog in a park can spark the interests of others, making you seem more approachable and easy to talk to. If you want to make new friends, get fit and have some bonding time with your furry pal, buy some pet supplies from MyDeal and get outside!
Rescue Two Lives At Once
Natalie Panzarino from Greyhound Rescue shares why rescuing a dog benefits more than just the dog. “Rescuing a dog is the best thing that you can do. Not only is it saving a life, but it is one of the most rewarding experiences, as a dog can enrich your life in ways that you can't imagine. Getting out and about in the fresh air and meeting new friends is one of the most positive side effects of dog ownership. Having a constant and loving companion who appreciates you just for being there teaches you patience.” Find out more about Greyhound Rescue by following them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Decrease In Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Pets are huge factors in decreasing levels of stress, depression and anxiety, and all they have to do is sit there and be cute. Giving your pet a pat feels good, and doing so lowers your heart pressure. It also calms your pet down a bit, which is important. Giving your pet a cuddle or a pet releases relaxin, the relaxation hormone, and cuts down on your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Of course, being with your pet doesn’t always calm you down. You have to work with your pet to achieve this. If you forget to get your cat something to play with, they may end up creating a masterpiece on your couch, which in turn, will raise your levels of cortisol. Make sure your pal is occupied when you’re not around, by giving them an exciting cat scratching post, that will keep them occupied for a while, thus keeping you calm and stress-free.
Pets are magical creatures. They can lower our stress levels, make us more sociable and responsible, all by just being themselves. They deserve a cuddle, so what are you waiting for?