3 Reasons To Have A Pet In Your Home

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Whether you are a dog person, a cat person, or have a special place in your heart for rabbits, rats, or hamsters, there’s something special about coming home to a furry friend after a hard day at work. The unconditional love an animal provides and the responsibility tied with pet ownership is beneficial when it comes to both our physical and mental health and wellbeing. Here are just a few of the many reasons to have a pet in your home.


Studies show that pet ownership is often tied to better physical and mental health. Having a pet is shown to decrease stress, with the science showing that the stress-producing hormone cortisol is lower after you spend time with your furry companion.

Having a pet also requires you to be on your feet, whether it be cleaning the litter box each day or walking the dog a few miles. This increase in cardio helps keep pet owners in good physical shape. Pet ownership can also be a great way to deal with allergies, asthma, and your immune system, particularly for your newborns. Studies prove that those who grow up with pets are at a lower risk of developing allergies and asthma, as well as eczema. With dogs especially, exposure to the bacteria they have in their mouths is shown to boost your immune system. 


In adults, a pet provides companionship and an emotional and physical connection with another being. At times when we are mentally unwell, a pet provides us with that constant feeling of love and stability. A pet can also be a great ice breaker. If you are feeling lonely, take the dog out for a walk. You may just meet other pet parents or neighborhood friends looking for a connection, as well.

The connection between a child and a pet is also important when it comes to childhood development as well. Pets teach children valuable lessons about responsibility, love, and loss. A pet is often a child’s first experience taking care of and nurturing another being, which will prepare them to develop kind and loving connections in their future. Children who grow up with pets are also shown to have fewer behavioral and learning problems and may also prove to be more compassionate as they grow into adulthood. Unfortunately, pets’ lives are often shorter than our own. The loss of a pet in a child’s life often comes before the loss of a grandparent or older relative, and this will teach them the important lesson that time spent together is precious, and no matter how short or long a person’s life, and no matter the pain we experience when they are gone, we would never trade the pain for the incredible memories of the time we spent together.


For pet owners, their furry friend is often the reason they wake up every day. The regular schedule you need to adhere to when feeding, walking, or scooping the litter box gives the motivation to wake up every morning and take the day head-on. If you have trouble getting out of bed every day, a pet can provide that extra sense of purpose and love that pulls you out of a funk and gets you moving. There is often a positive physical and mental reaction when it comes to taking care of a being that needs you to survive. Your pet depends on you just as much, if not more, than you depend on it. That feeling of responsibility can be trying when you’re working around a busy schedule, but always incredibly rewarding.


Having a pet is one of the best decisions you could make for yourself or for your family. The health benefits are high, and the emotional benefits are even more rewarding. Choosing the right pet for your family and your schedule is important, and we should always remember to “adopt - don’t shop!” when it comes to finding the perfect furry companion. Whether you’re looking for Birmingham homes for sale to house your future fleet of puppies or just searching for a cat to make your small apartment feel homier, there’s a furry friend out there for you that needs your affection just as much as you need its companionship.

*Featuring my own fur baby - Luke Skybarker, a Labrabul (mixed of Labrador and Pitbull).

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