Benefits of owning a pet
Describing why it is a good idea to own pets in your household
Six in ten Americans own some type of pet. Among those pet owners, 73% own a dog and 49% own a cat.
In addition, Americans believe pets are good for their owners. Sixty percent of Americans think pet owners lead more satisfying lives than non-pet owners, while only 3% say pet owners lead less satisfying lives; one-third of Americans say it makes no difference or have no opinion.
Because of America’s love of pets, there has been a wide array of past and ongoing studies on the health effects of pets on their owners. While some studies have showed that there is little to no change in the health in pet owners to non-pet owners, the majority of them have concluded that not only do pet owners have a higher sense of well-being, but they also tend to have longer, healthier lives as well.
Personally, I grew up with always having cats and fish in the house as pets. While I did enjoy having those pets, they did not have a very big impact on my life one way or the other until I got my first dog. Once I got that first dog, it has since changed my life completely for the better. My sense of well-being has risen tremendously and I hardly ever get sick anymore (although that may be purely coincidental).
Regardless of whether there is any truth to the studies or not, I do believe that having a pet is a great and relatively expensive way to keep the majority of us happier. Being happy and having good health have long been felt to be correlated so that just furthers my belief that there are many benefits to having a pet.
If you don’t already have a pet, you might want to think about it. Who knows, they might even save your life!