The Benefits of Pets

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 2nd Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3zd4lftr/
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Our furry friends really are man's best friends in so many ways. Pet owners are healthier, happier and more relaxed than people who don't own pets. Let's find out why.

Health Benefits of Pets


Pets give us a lot more than a friendly nuzzle, a lick of the hand and a wag of the tail. Pet owners are less stressed, less lonely and less likely to be sick. Adopting a pet can enrich our lives physically, emotionally and psychologically.
One of the biggest benefits of pets is the exercise they give us. Dogs need to be walked every day no matter how bad the weather is. Even on days when I'm too busy to go to the gym, I can get a workout from walking my dog, Casey.
Another health benefit of pets is lower blood pressure. Numerous studies have shown that simply petting an animal can immediately lower people's blood pressure. Having a pet means having a healthier heart. A Minnesota study revealed that people who never owned a cat were 40 percent more likely to die of a heart attack than people who owned at least one cat during their lifetime, according to ABC News.

Furry Stress Relief


There are many psychological benefits of having pets. Both dogs and cats can help their owners relieve stress. Just seeing a pet can calm their owner's nerves. Having a cat purr and snuggle on your lap can reduce anxiety and stress. There's something calming about the sound of a cat's purr.
Pets can help to break the tension and keep you from taking yourself too seriously. They have a way of making you laugh when you are feeling stressed. For example, Sammy, my silky black cat, likes to jump onto the newspaper or book I am reading just to get my attention. I laugh and pet him every time.
Casey has an uncanny way of knowing when I'm having a bad day. Suddenly, I'll feel a wet nose pressed up against me or a warm tongue licking my hand. I'll look into Casey's big, brown eyes so full of concern for me and pet or hug him. How can I feel anxious or depressed when Casey gives me so much support?

Constant Companions


Another benefit of pets is the companionship they give. Dogs, as well as cats, really are our best friends. They're always there for us. For example, every time I write something for Wikinut, Casey is with me. He's usually snoozing in a corner but he's right there if I need him.
Reading or watching television is never a solitary activity in my house. Casey is constantly sitting or lying close by. Sammy or my other cat, Tara, will usually snuggle in my lap.
Pets are loyal, will never abandon their owners and will do anything to help them. There are numerous stories of dogs who barked or cats who yowled and jumped on their owner's beds so they could wake them and save their lives from a fire. Dogs have been known to save children from drowning. Sam, a golden retriever owned by one of my friends, would lie across the stairs to protect a little 3-year-old from falling.
Thus, there are many benefits of pets which make it well worth it to adopt a pet. Pets are a real treasure and a wonderful part of my life even if I do have to shake cat hair off my books and newspapers.

Here's an article I did about life lessons our pets can teach us
Here's an article I did about how dogs can bring people together
Here's one I did about being a good pet sitter
Here's one I did about keeping your pets cool during the summer

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Cat, Cats, Cats And Humans, Cats As Pets, Dog, Dogs, Pet, Pets, Pets And Happiness, Pets Animals, Pets As Friends

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I enjoy exercising, pets, and volunteering as well as writing about these topics and others.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
2nd Aug 2013 (#)

Pets are sure great to have around, but they can be stressful too as we do worry about all our pets.

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author avatar AlphabetAmy
2nd Aug 2013 (#)

I can't imagine a life without pets-they are part of life, in my opinion.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
2nd Aug 2013 (#)

Good point, Mark. We do worry about our furry friends.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
2nd Aug 2013 (#)

I agree, AlphabetAmy. They are a huge part of my life, too. I encourage you to write about your pets if you haven't already. I love reading about pets and lots of other folks do, too.

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author avatar Johnny Knox
2nd Aug 2013 (#)

I do agree with your points. Pets have a positive effects on their owner's health. Nice article.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
2nd Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Johnny. Pets are such a great support.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd Aug 2013 (#)

Very good points and article, thanks Connie...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
3rd Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Delicia. I love them to pieces!

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