Life’s bet­ter with pets

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - GENERATION YOUR -

FLUFFY or furry, winged, scaled or finned, pets are a great ad­di­tion to any fam­ily – no mat­ter your age, fit­ness or ac­tiv­ity level.

Pet lovers have praised the ben­e­fits of pet own­er­ship for years and now sci­ence is prov­ing the truth be­hind the claims.

Ac­cord­ing to the RSPCA, there is a clear cor­re­la­tion of health ben­e­fits with own­ing or car­ing for an an­i­mal.

“Own­ing a pet can have a num­ber of phys­i­cal health ben­e­fits such as in­creased car­dio­vas­cu­lar health, fewer vis­its to the doc­tor and an in­crease in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity,” the or­gan­i­sa­tion said.

“Pet own­ers re­port less de­pres­sion and ap­pear to cope with grief, stress and loss bet­ter than non-pet own­ers.”

For the iso­lated, el­derly or phys­i­cally dis­abled, pets can pro­vide the com­pany they may oth­er­wise not get from fel­low hu­mans, with the added bonus of an­i­mals be­ing nat­u­rally ac­cept­ing, lov­ing and un­der­stand­ing.

Even for those un­able to house a pet, en­cour­ag­ing the ar­rival of birds into one’s gar­den is enough to help im­prove the mood.

Car­ing for a pet can as­sist with rou­tine devel­op­ment and struc­ture, two im­por­tant things in deal­ing with de­pres­sion and other men­tal ill­nesses.

Sim­ply know­ing another liv­ing crea­ture is de­pend­ing upon you is a fan­tas­tic mo­ti­va­tor to get up and start the day, with the added bonus of your pet not car­ing if you are wear­ing py­ja­mas all day.

If you are look­ing for a new pet, con­sider an older an­i­mal.

Thou­sands of older pets are wait­ing in shel­ters for a home and you can share their golden years with­out deal­ing with the mess of toi­let train­ing or gnaw­ing on shoes.

Older pets are per­fect for those who live qui­eter life­styles or do not have the time or energy to care for an ex­citable young­ster.

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