Can Pets Make Us Happier?

Pets, we love them.

But not everyone may have the resources at hand to care properly for a potential new pet.

Let’s talk about whether it’s a good idea to get a pet, and some of the unexpected advantages and disadvantages of pet ownership.

Is it a good idea to get a pet, and also can pets make us happier?

Can Pets Make Us Happier?

How do I decide if I should get a pet?

Some important things you should consider before getting a pet:

  • Does a pet fit your current lifestyle?
  • Assess your financial situation now and into the future.
  • Pet ownership is almost always a long-term commitment.
  • Do your own research.
  • Check potential household member allergies.
  • Consider training needs.
  • Consider veterinarian options and costs.

Why do we keep pets?

You can say pets are our comfort companions. They help keep us healthy and can relieve our stress.

In fact, pets can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. They can ease our loneliness and encourage us to get exercise and be playful.

Caring for an animal can help children learn responsibility, and potentially grow up more secure and physically active.

Pets can also provide valuable companionship for older people.

Are there health benefits from owning a pet?

Yes, consider a dog for example will increase your opportunities to exercise, be outside, and socialize.

Consistent walking or playing with pets can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can help us manage loneliness or depression by giving us companionship.

Can pets make us happier?

Playing around with your pet increases the levels of the chemicals dopamine and serotonin in your brain.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) also found in a study that people actually recover from a stressful situation quicker when they’re with their pets than with their partners or friends.

What’s a reason you should not get a pet?

Animals can sometimes carry parasites that can be transferred onto humans. Cats can carry a parasite called Toxoplasma Gondii, which can cause toxoplasmosis.

People with compromised immune systems could be vulnerable to this and should do further research or ask their doctor about the risks.

What are the disadvantages of having a pet?

Some disadvantages of having pets include:

  • Financial commitment. Food, vet, immunization, pet beds and cat litter just for starters.
  • Time commitment.
  • Planning your life around the pet can be tricky at times.
  • Can be emotionally hard when your pet is near the end of their life or passes away.

Is 70 too old to get a dog?

With careful choices and some planning, you can have a dog at any time in your life.

Dogs can play a big part in helping your emotional well-being, and can contribute to your overall happiness. 

Do animals help with depression?

A recent survey by the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute, found that 74% of pet owners said having a pet improved their mental health situation. Activities with animals can help with symptoms of depression.

Can cats sense depression?

It appears that cats are able to sense human emotions as well as depression.

They’re observant and intuitive, and that allows them to understand emotional cues from us more easily. So when we’re depressed, they can sense that. You may even notice that cats come in closer to you when they sense their owners are depressed.

They can sense when you’re sad because they’re highly tuned into your normal behaviors and moods, and when there’s a change, they notice.

Final Thoughts

So as to the question can pets make us happier, and improve your all around health, the answer seems to be yes. 

But before diving into pet ownership, consider the needs of yourself and your potential new friend carefully and you’ll be on the right track to making the right decision.

Tell me in the comments about your pet situations, maybe what you wished you’d considered before getting a pet.

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6 thoughts on “Can Pets Make Us Happier?

  1. This is a great article. I love my 2 dogs and 1 cat. But they are a lot of work and getting up early and all the lovin they need! I wouldn’t trade them but I am having second thoughts about getting future pets. I’m getting too old for some of this extra responsibility!

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  2. Thanks so much for your reply! I adore my cat and past pets, but also would be a bit hesitant to take on the next one so quickly this time… One reason is that I found it pretty hard to say goodbye to them. I didn’t expect to feel that level of loss. Of course we bounce back from most things, it was just harder than I thought it would be. 🙂

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