5 Reasons You Should Own a Pet
I remember walking into the animal foster lady's home with my friend to find her a new furry animal. My friend had already had 2 cats but wanted to add another to the family and I was only going for support. I had no interest in getting an animal, I had just moved into my own place and really loved the idea of living alone with nothing to worry about but myself, however, life had other plans.
As I sat in the living room of this woman's home I noticed the most adorable little tuxedo cat. His name was Chandler. The litter had 5 kittens and the foster lady decided to name them all after a character from the hit tv sitcom, Friends. Cute, I thought but I'm not much of a Friends fan, I'm more of the Living Single type. He inched closer to me, curious and eventually cuddled in my lap.
It was at that moment that I just had to have him, so I took him home with me and changed his name to something more suitable, Vader.
Vader has kept me company over these past 4 years, but I have never been more grateful for him until recently while having to deal with Covid 19 and being quarantined. His loving energy really helped me to stay grounded during such a difficult time.
Being the over thinker that I am, I have the tendency to always worry about the future or relive the past. However, when Vader comes around for his hourly rub down I am forced back into reality. He really helps me to live in the moment and I'm reminded that I won't always have these moments with him (depressing but true) so I stop what I'm doing and enjoy the moment with him. I, personally think that cats are the best household animals to own because of their purrs' healing properties.
According to Considerable.com a cat's purr has many therapeutic benefits.
However, this article's purpose is to highlight the benefits of being a pet owner and why they are great companions especially during a world crisis.
Lower Anxiety Levels
Pets are known to help with lowering the levels of anxiety and can increase your oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is a chemical in the brain that aids with depression and anxiety. I don't know about you, but my stress levels were through the roof during this pandemic and as mentioned before having a pet really helped me with reducing my anxiety.
INCREASE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Depending on the type of animal you have they can aid in increasing your physical activity. Dogs are the best to help you get more physically active as you will need to walk them daily. They also make great hiking and running partners too. Cats aren't nearly as active during the day and prefer to run a muck at night, but playing with them can also increase your heart rate and contribute to your daily steps goals.
provide DAILY ENTERTAINMENT
Pets are incredibly entertaining! There are endless hours of pets videos and during quarantine I stumbled across the Instagram page of comedian, Tony Baker. I don't think I have laughed harder than watching his animal voiceover videos. If you don't follow him, please do yourself a favor and do it. I promise you will have the best laugh of your life. The happiness that are derived from witnessing these moments are priceless and can contribute to your overall emotional wellbeing.
Having pets can help you become more empathetic and if you have children, pets can enable them to be more caring and compassionate according to Armtheanimals.com . I feel that empathy is a lost emotion that we desperately need to regain. Showing more empathy can create stronger bonds between people and aid in reducing divisive ideologies.
Lastly, but certainly not least, pets can provide you with constant companionship. There is nothing like coming home to your fur friend and getting the chance to see them after a long day. With dogs they provide a jolt of energy and excitement when you walk through the door. Depending on your cats personality, they will either greet you at the door or come around a bit later, however, whatever the outcome it's always good to have them around.
Pets are a major responsibility and you must be willing to take care of them accordingly. If you can't properly take care of one then don't get one. However, if you decide to finally take the step into pet parenthood I wish you a happy and loving journey.