“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France.
Studies have shown that people who live with animals live a longer and healthier life then people who don’t.
The Health Benefits of Keeping Pets.
Health benefits include:-
- Reducing blood pressure. In one study, stockbrokers with high blood pressure who adopted a cat or dog, had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations, then did people without animals.
- Reducing cholesterol levels. Heart attack patients who have pets survive longer than those who haven’t, according to several studies. They have less signs of heart disease because of lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
Keeping pets can also:-
- Reduce risk of allergies and asthma for children. Children growing up in households with furry animals, or on a farm, will have less risk of allergies and asthma.
- Improve mental health. Animals who live with humans, have a calming effect on them. Just by stroking, sitting next to or playing with your furry friends, can give you a chance to relax and calm your mind.
- Reduce loneliness. Walking a dog or just caring for an animal, for elderly people who are able, can provide companionship, as well as exercise.
Finally, animals make us feel needed. (I think my cats just humour me!)
I find that my cats do have a calming effect on me. As I’m writing this, Zac is sprawled across my knee. He’s regularly on my knee when I’m writing this blog.
He’s a former stray who claimed squatters rights last year. He’s surprisingly affectionate. And loves eating Jasper’s food!
I’ve had Jasper since he was a kitten. He’s nearly 3 and is totally spoilt. But is such a sweetie. We got him from a friend a few months after I found out that I was perimenopausal so unlikely to have children. Caring for a kitten helped me to use my latent maternal instincts.
There’s nothing better than coming home and seeing their lovely faces. I agree when experts say that they reduce stress. Especially, when I stroke them and pick them up to cuddle them; though Zac protests!
What about you? Do you have a pet? Do they make you feel better when you’re stressed?
Sources webmd.com, newsinhealth.nih.gov, mentalhealth.org.uk, vetknowhow.co.uk, pethealthcouncil.co.uk