Life’s better with pets
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.