Most animals find a way somehow into our hearts. For those who love dogs, they are fantastic in the fact that you can take them to the park, walk them, teach them tricks, play with them until they are tuckered out and get unconditional love in return. In fact, most dogs crave attention. There’s a few that are better off on their own but in general, dogs have a sense of love that isn’t just attributed to the dog. It’s a sense of belonging and hope that they give. For my cat peeps, cats are independent. They want love when they want it and not a minute before. Just like dogs, most cats love to have their bellies full, to know that they are safe and loved and long to be played with. This is one of the reasons that I absolutely love animals.
Animals have a way of absorbing our stress and making things seem a little better. I had a cat named Mattie that when I went through a lot of personal losses, she was there for me. I didn’t know at the time that she was in a lot of pain due to kidney disease because she didn’t want me to worry about her. She was worried that I wasn’t ok. When it became evident that she was dying, I did the only thing I knew I could do. I couldn’t bear to see her suffer when she had been there for me for sixteen years. I did the selfless act of letting her go. To this day, I still carry her in my heart. I may have another cat now but every pet I’ve ever owned has had a unique and different personality than those who came before them.
I have a friend who recently lost his cat that he rescued due to kidney disease. Anytime an animal is sick and we love them, it’s difficult to not become attached. I know some folks think that animals are not like children and to a degree they are right. But for those folks who can’t have children, they are the closest thing they have. It’s really easy to judge when you have nothing invested in the relationship.
I’m not a fan of snakes but I have friends that love them. They feel about their snakes as many people do about their own pets. Here’s a few things that I found in my research that can back me up on why animal love and owning a pet is beneficial.
- 1) They keep you fit. …Pets love to exercise. They make sure that we get moving. Sometimes playing with various animals can be an exercise program in and of itself. I think the best part is after you’re both tired, it’s a great feeling.
- 2) They make sure you’re never lonely. …Let’s get real. Animals love to rub up and love on us. They like the company as much as we do. There’s a secure feeling when they are around and they want to be loved.
- 3) They lower your stress levels. …Just being around the love of an animal can make a crappy day good. I know that when I’ve gone home in a bad mood, my cat rubs up on me and everything is better.
- 4) They can help you make friends. …Animals are really cute. If you like taking your dog or other animal out, many times people will want to say hello just because you are walking with a cute pet. It’s happened a lot with friends of mine.
- 5) They can improve your immune system. …Animals do have a lot of germs. But one look at those cute faces makes you aware of precautions you need to take. Believe it or not, they can actually help you stay healthy.
- 6) They can stop your children from developing allergies. …
- 7) They can catch cancer early. …This is so true. I know of at least three friends who were able to have their pet alert them to the fact they needed to get checked out and those same friends did have cancer.
- 8) They can teach kids responsibility. Kids beg for dogs and cats a lot. It’s a good way to teach them how to be responsible for a pet. it isn’t all just petting and love. There’s a lot of work and feedings that go into maintaining a healthy pet.
- 9) They make you feel safe. Pets give us an emotional security blanket. They are our safe place because unlike people, they don’t judge.
The CDC offers information as to why allowing animal love and pet ownership is a good thing. They are as follows:
- Decreased blood pressure.
- Decreased cholesterol levels.
- Decreased triglyceride levels.
- Decreased feelings of loneliness.
- Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities.
- Increased opportunities for socialization.
There are no perfect pets out there. A lot is based on your personal preference. I have often heard that skunks make great pets if you get them to where they don’t stink. I have no personal experience with this and don’t know if it’s true or not but I think it’s interesting. The point is if you have a pet that gives you animal love on a regular basis, don’t take it for granted. All of us are worthy of love. Sometimes what we don’t get from people is something that animals provide. No animal deserves to be abused. Just like people animals do have emotions and can get hurt and depressed.
On these days where we are all cooped up, relish the time that you have with your pet. Go for the walks, play until your hearts content, and most importantly, allow the animals to love you with nuzzles, rubs, and lots of attention.