Let's keep it real! Not all people can afford to be a fur mama or dada — especially if you or someone in the family have respiratory issues such as asthma or allergic rhinitis. Well, you can always opt to adopt a goldfish or turtle instead. But what are pets really for? With all the added chores and responsibilities it requires, is it still worth the effort?
Studies say that having pets, especially dogs and cats, improves our mental, emotional, and physical wellness. Here are my favorite reasons amongst others:
It's pretty obvious that dogs require us to do more physical activity. Going outdoors to take them for a walk regularly will push us to exercise and breathe some fresh air.
Having pets help us cope with stress and anxiety. From cuddles to licking our faces, we're getting so much attention and unconditional love without asking.
Having pets by our side in public places would more likely increase our social interaction, spreading positivity and joy to others.
Petting cats and dogs help lower blood pressure allowing our body to release the feel-good hormone - oxytocin.
From infancy, kids with pets are less likely to develop allergies and have stronger immune systems.
I'm no fur mama — just a fur aunt. I try to reap the benefits of having a pet by spending time with our farm animals as often as I can. After a long and stressful work week, nothing beats petting a bunny rabbit or hanging around cows and sheep.