A Pet at Home

Some peo­ple dread the idea of wel­com­ing a dog or cat into their home. A pet an­i­mal at home comes with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of car­ing for it. And it’s so easy to get emo­tion­ally at­tached to pet an­i­mals – in a short time a furry friend cease be­ing just a frie


But it is not a one-way re­la­tion­ship that pet own­ers have with their pets. They share a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship. Hav­ing a pet brings ben­e­fits for the own­ers – from the emo­tional and so­cial im­pact of their pres­ence to the phys­i­cal and men­tal ben­e­fits.

Those re­luc­tant to take the plunge may con­sider the facts that Lisa Cowan shares in an ar­ti­cle at www.tele­graph.co.uk. For long­time pet own­ers, these facts may serve as a heart­warm­ing re­minder as to how their furry friends have im­proved their own lives:

Phys­i­cal Fit­ness

Pets need reg­u­lar ac­tiv­ity and, if a dog is one’s pet of choice, it can mean daily brisk walks to help the furry friend keep in shape. In turn, the dog owner also gets the ben­e­fits of reg­u­lar, low-im­pact ex­er­cise. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey, 36 per cent of pet own­ers said that hav­ing a pet has helped them lose weight. With a dog, there may be no longer need for a per­sonal trainer.

So­cial Life

Hav­ing a pet an­i­mal can even have an im­pact on its owner’s so­cial life… in a good way. Walk­ing the dog around the lo­cal park or tak­ing it to the vet’s clinic are just two set­tings where its owner has the op­por­tu­nity to meet new faces and in­ter­act with peo­ple he or she might not oth­er­wise have come into con­tact with. And the owner shall not be sur­prised to be stopped by strangers in the street who are ea­ger to pat her furry friend and find out more about her.

Child­hood Learn­ing and Re­spon­si­bil­ity

Hav­ing a pet in the home is a great way for chil­dren to learn valu­able life lessons in a fun, re­ward­ing way. From the daily re­spon­si­bil­ity of feed­ing, ex­er­cis­ing and car­ing for the an­i­mal to un­der­stand­ing more about ill­ness and loss, it can equip chil­dren with the emo­tions to cope bet­ter with im­por­tant life events as they grow up.


The sheer pres­ence of a pet in the home can boost one’s mood, es­pe­cially af­ter a hec­tic day at the of­fice or even fol­low­ing a dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tion. The stresses of life can melt away as soon as one walks through the front door and see his beloved pet, des­per­ate for his af­fec­tion. The pet is also his go-to com­pan­ion when watch­ing TV or cud­dling up to read a book with on a cold night. What’s bet­ter than a furry ‘hot wa­ter bot­tle’ who lis­tens to ev­ery word he says and doesn’t an­swer back?

Men­tal health

Not only do pets pro­vide com­pan­ion­ship and help im­prove their own­ers’ phys­i­cal health, they can also pro­vide ther­a­peu­tic and emo­tional ben­e­fits. Ac­cord­ing to In­grid Collins, a con­sul­tant psy­chol­o­gist at the Lon­don Med­i­cal Cen­tre, “A pet is bet­ter than Prozac. An­i­mals have a com­pletely dif­fer­ent agenda to hu­mans, and bring things back to ba­sics. They want com­fort, feed­ing, and love. In re­turn, they give huge af­fec­tion.”



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