How Pets Increase Home Happiness & Boost Your Health
Humans love companionship, and so do our four legged friends! All pet owners can attest to how quickly and easily animals we take into our homes become parts of our family. They’re sweet, affectionate, and often seem to care more about our feelings than the other humans we live with!
Our pets offer us more than kisses and unconditional love - they offer us healthier living conditions, too.
Below are some ways, expected and unexpected, that pets make our lives all around happier and healthier.
Having any pet requires work - but we don’t mind doing it! Taking your dog out on a run, walk, or bike ride daily keeps you both heart-healthy! Standing more lowers your risk of heart disease; so as long as you’re walking, feeding, and changing litter boxes, you’ll be more active than your non-pet owning friends. That means you’re free to enjoy a few more chips without any extra guilt!
At the end of the day, everyone just wants to love and be loved. So watch a movie with your cat or dog. Spend some time playing with him or her and their favorite toy! Your pet also offers you that safe space which you can say anything. We promise you’re not too crazy for complaining to your pet, they listen better than most humans!
If you’re a pet owner, you can attest to how easy it is to let go of the struggles of a long day while snuggling with your furry friend(s). Yes, your pet can demonstrably lower your stress levels. This is beneficial to your physical and mental health in many ways. Lowering blood pressure, which can be raised by stressors in daily life, also lowers your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Additionally, taking your dog or cat out in public automatically makes you a person-magnet. You’re significantly more likely to interact with others if you have a pet with you, and interpersonal interactions also help boost happiness and energy!
Protecting your baby
Having dogs and cats in the home means extra germs are present - it’s not a bad thing! In fact, babies who are raised with a pet in the home have been shown to possess immune systems stronger than those who were raised without pets in their home. Licks from cats and dogs contain generally harmless germs and work to promote your child’s immunity to other, more serious disease and bacteria. Studies show that you, too, are less likely to catch a cold if you live with a pet. Defense up!
Cats are amazing weather sensors
Many people talk about how their cat’s behavior changes hours before thunder and rain storms. This may seem surprising, but it’s been scientifically proven that cats (indoor and big cats alike) have the ability to sense electromagnetic forces from the earth that drive weather patterns. Many curl up in their “safe” space hours before storms hit to get ready for inbound foul weather. Be sure to close those windows ASAP!
Dogs keep their family members safe
We all know that dogs love their owners and family just as much as they love to nap! They also love to wake up to all things that go “bump” in the night, and they’re likely to wake you up while doing so. Although it can be frustrating at times, you'll thank your best friend that you were made aware of that out of place individual walking your street at 2am. In fact, one of the top factors that prevents burglars from targeting your home is the mere presence of a dog!