Kids for life, a pet is an overgrown child that always stays a part of the family. Creatures like canines, felines and birds can make a person’s life more meaningful. While these are the more conventional choices, many-a-home are opening their doors to welcome pets like rodents and reptiles as well.
Pets are known to help maintain the mental health of their owners–providing relief from stress and depression. The presence of a pet is known to trigger a sense of belonging, feeling of happiness and an increased sense of trust, leading to the release of oxytocin, commonly known as the love hormone.
Read on as we take you into the wonderful world of pets and what they can do for us.
Woofs and purrs
Dogs–whatever the size or breed–are scientifically known to be one of the best pets to tackle depression and other mental health issues. They make sure you step out of the house at least twice a day, hence, reducing isolation and loneliness. Also, they simply bowl you over with their unconditional affection, giving your self-esteem a solid boost.
On the other hand, while cats don’t force a person to step out, their purring–a sound they make when they are happy and content–is therapeutic, so much so that recordings of cats purring are available online. When a cat kneads the lap of a person, it has a most relaxing and calming effect.
While it is not easy to take responsibility for a life, having a pet brings out your innate nurturing instinct.