So you’re thinking about bringing a pet into your household. Do you have children? Are you planning on having them? Then it’s the best time to invest your time and love into a wonderful pet for your household. Pets can do wonders for a family and home. Here’s how they help:
- Having and maintaining pets in your house helps children learn how to share. Pets that roam around the house, especially cats and dogs, “invade” on every and all personal spaces inside your home! Sharing that space and the right to live in the household shows children how wonderful it is to share, and how they can coexist with other living beings. Plus, having a pet means being responsible for it, which brings children before more responsibility and caring for the animal. This can help with the child’s sense of responsibility and duty of chores.
- This in turn, teaches children to take care of things and gives them an idea of how to raise a living being. The child will watch the pet flourish and grow, will learn to feed it at it designated times, will understand that it needs to be taken care of, just like his or her own self! This deep sense of responsibility is something that every child should feel, learn and never forget.
- You’ve probably heard Mahatma Ghandi’s quote: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” This goes to people as well. Have you ever noticed that many people who have pets or take care of stray animals have better temperament and seem more good willed towards their fellow man? Bringing a pet into your home will instantly change the way you see your everyday life and problems. We animal lovers tend have a lighter take on life, and sometimes see things with a simpler eye.
- Pets can actually relieve stress. Studies have shown that the simplicity of a purring cat sitting on your lap or a happy dog waving its tail, so happy to see you after you come home from work can actually benefit to your health and well-being if you suffer from stress. Sure it’s a responsibility to take up, but it definitely is worth the smile on your face. Besides helping with stress, pets can help in tough times, and help symptoms of depression. Just imagine how much better you fell when you feel the love your pet feels for you and shows you!
- The most important fact is, that having pets around is so fun! The house is always full of positive energy, whether with a hyperactive toy dog or a lazy fat cat, or even a slightly moving iguana can raise your spirits and fill your home with joy!
Check out how you can adopt a pet from your local shelter, and ask about what kind of pet would be best for you and your family.