Things To Consider When Thinking Of Having A Pet
by Roberta B. Turner

There are many health benefits of owning a pet. They can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship.

What Are 5 Benefits Of Owning A Dog?

A growing body of solid research shows that owning a dog can:

Provide companionship
Help you be more active
Make kids calmer, more secure, and more responsible
Improve the lives of older individuals
Help you be calmer, more mindful, and more present in your life.
Make you more social and less isolated
Ease stress

A dog provides unconditional love and support, which is especially important during tough times. Though people may think we’re taking care of our dogs, it’s mutual. Dogs also take care of us, and science confirms it.

What Are 5 Benefits Of Owning A Cat?

Their calming ways can help reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 30% and they never cease to entertain us with their feline antics. In general, cat owners reported feeling less anxious, stressed, and lonely when in the presence of their cats as opposed to being away from them.

There are many animal shelters and organizations that have many wonderful kittens, puppies and adult animals to adopt.   

If you are set on a specific breed, first look to see if there are non-profit organizations that foster the breed and are looking for people to adopt them.  If you are planning to purchase a pet, please make sure you go directly to a breeder and not a pet store.  Do not buy online; you must be able to visit the place and pet in person. There are too many scams online and, as smart as you may think you are when it comes to wanting a pet, you can be vulnerable. I know  this personally because I recently made a very  costly mistake, and was totally scammed.

The one big negative to owning a pet is losing them since humans live longer than our pets.

If you are considering adding a pet to your life as a dog and cat lover, I will personally say it is worth it.