A decision on pets should not be the result of spur-of –the-moment situation. If you are determined to have a pet, then you must know how much love, tender, and joy can a pet bring into a home. But, if you still have doubts about it, we assure you – you shouldn’t be having doubts. If you like animals and want to offer the home to one, here are several things which may convince you even more to take this step and have your own fury ball of love.
Benefits of owning a pet
Did you know that cuddling and playing with pet stimulates the secretion of oxytocin? Oxytocin is a hormone which bonds people. It is being secreted during love making and breastfeeding. This hormone, also known as ‘the hormone of happiness’ is released by humans and animals. That is why dog owners, for instance, are so devoted to their pets. Numerous studies show that pets, especially dogs, extend lifespan, reduce a risk of many diseases and bring mental as well as physical benefits. Here is what countless studies have shown:
#1 People who own a pet (dog in particular) are less likely to suffer from depression. It has also been proven that dogs become depressed if their owner shows the same symptoms. Dogs imitate their owner, try to understand him and often take on his behavior, including emotions.
#2 A research involving hypertensive human subjects has shown significant reduction of blood pressure. The examinees have fostered shelter animals and within 5 months managed to lower their blood pressure.
#3 Cuddling a pet raises serotonin and dopamine levels, which makes people more relax and happier. Why would you need a piece of chocolate when you have your own ball of happiness?
#4 Pet owners have lower levels of triglycerides and cholesterol and a are less susceptible to cardiovascular diseases and also recover faster from them too.
Children and pets
A great deal of research has been made on the subject of kids and pets. If you fear that your child will be more sensitive near a dog or a cat, you couldn’t be more wrong. It has been proven that kids that grow with pets are less likely to suffer from allergies and asthma. They have the tendency to develop a positive attitude about themselves and are also less likely to develop an anxiety disorder. Moreover, they develop empathy, sense of safety and help other children to develop a better relationship with other people. Namely, it has been proven that dogs help children with autism and learning. The thing is that children like animals often communicate non-verbally. And this is precisely the reason why pets help them to express their emotions better.
People with pets live happier and longer life
An everyday walk with a dog will ensure you a better figure and reduce stress. Getting a dog or a cat is a very common suggestion to people who are lonely or have experienced some kind of tragedy or loss. It is in situations like these that pets yield therapeutic benefits and bring these people joy and something to look forward to.
How to take this step?
Pet is a great commitment. But if you like animals and want to own one, don’t think twice. Be smart, get a puppy or a kitten and remember that they need time to get used on you. Don’t reject them because they still haven’t learned where they to pee or that your shoes are not toys. Love they will give you cannot be measured with any pair of shoes.
Pets demand time for a walk, play and similar. You need to find time for them. First, do a little research about an animal you plan on taking. There is no justification for those who decide to have a pet and leave them because they realize they are simply not ready.
The joy that awaits you when you come home after a hard working day is immense. And, for this reason, make yourself and the little ball of fur happy and – foster! There is nothing more noble than that.
Translation: G. Dujmović