Why Pet Ownership is Good for You

Woman holding a beautiful and fluffy tri colored tabby cat at home

Pets have the power to bring a considerable amount of joy into people’s lives. , as Tthey can provide a warm welcome home or a companion to snuggle up with after a long, stressful day. They offer unconditional love and loyalty to their owners and will possess a place in your heart forever.

However, dogs and cats provide much more than love and companionship alone. They may also be beneficial to your health and well-being. Keep reading to find out why pet ownership is good for you.

Pets Can Keep You Fit and Healthy

The pet you choose can shape your general fitness. According to a 2019 study published in the Mayo Clinic News Network, pet ownership can keep you fit and improve your heart health. The story compared pet owners’ cardiovascular health scores against people who don’t own a pet and then compared dog owners’ data to other pet owners.

The study found that pet owners are more likely to be physically active and have a better diet compared to those who don’t have a pet. As noted by Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., chair of the Division of Preventive Cardiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, dog owners are even healthier, as they will need to walk, play, or move around with a canine. As a result, they are more likely to reap health benefits.

Of course, pet owners must return the favour by keeping their animals in tip-top shape. Investing in a pet insurance plan can help ensure your pet is protected when the unexpected occurs.

Pets Make You a Better Person

According to a 2017 study, pets do much more than make their owners happy. Believe it or not, they can actually make them better people as well. The survey found that 93% of pet owners admitted that their pet has made them a better person.

Unsurprisingly, 52% of owners believe their pet has made them more responsible. After all, it is an owner’s job to feed and care for an animal each day.

A whopping 47% reported that pet ownership has made them more affectionate. According to these numbers, it’s clear to see – the benefits of bringing a dog or cat into our lives extend beyond just superficial happiness.

Pets Lower Stress Levels

Your pet likely brings a smile to your face every time you return home. So it likely comes as no surprise that they could potentially lower your stress levels, too. The American Heart Association reports that pet ownership can lower a person’s stress levels and improve their mental health. But how?

In a recent survey, adults aged 50 and over reported pet ownership caused them to experience less stress, an improved social connection. The participants also reported a greater sense of overall purpose. Welcoming a pet into your home could transform your quality of life; their mere presence can ward off loneliness and mental health disorders and improve your mood.

Pet ownership can benefit your life in countless ways; however, owning a pet is a huge responsibility that shouldn’t be rushed. Only welcome a dog or cat into your home if you can provide them with the time, love, attention, and care they deserve.

Article reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Sperry, DVM.
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