Pets with Purpose

If you’re fortunate enough to have a furry friend at home, odds are you’ve taken advantage of their companionship during this time. There are so many great ways that pets help you, especially if you’re quarantined. Even if you don’t realize it, there are many scientifically proven health benefits to being a pet owner.

Cats

Lower risk of heart disease – studies show that owning a cat can help lower your stress level, which in turn can help reduce your chance of cardiovascular disease
Improve your sleep – have a sleepover with your pet instead of your partner, it may reduce disturbances
Reduce stress and anxiety – a simple petting session can help trigger the release of calming chemicals in your body
Lower risk of allergies – if introduced at a young age, studies have shown that children grow up with less of a risk of developing an allergy to cats

Perhaps it’s time to binge watch some cat videos online! Yes, there are studies that show how simply watching some videos can help you feel better!

Dogs

Resistant to allergies – just like cats, kids that grow up in a household with pets are less likely to develop an allergy for them in the future
More exercise – your dog needs to be active just as much as you do, if not more! Your daily walk is good for both you and your pet
Lowers risk of depression – owning a pet means having to care for something and usually brings a routine to daily life. Not only are dogs great companions, but they help you stay responsible
Thriving social life – dogs are great conversation starters and buddies to bring with you on an outing. Although we can’t gather in groups at this time, we can share our furry friends through social networking. Post that photo of your dog, it may just brighten someone’s day!

Whether you’re a cat person or a dog person, pets have proven to be there for us in sickness and health. They are used in therapy sessions and even seen in office spaces! Why not give your pet a few extra belly rubs today? It may just help you too.

Sources: goodnet.org, mentalfloss.com, pexels.com

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