The numerous experiences kids can gain from a household pet can be crucial to development. From learning to care and think about another living creature to gaining a loving companion; pets and kids go hand in hand but it would be a mistake to believe that it is only children that have something to seek in this relationship.
Both parents and grandparents can also benefit from the love of a furry friend – and here’s how:
What are the benefits?
An increasing number of adults today make the choice to live alone and a pet can provide a much needed source of company
Looking after another creature makes us feel needed and consequently having a pet is the perfect way to never feel lonely when living alone
Many studies have discovered that having a pet can help keep us healthy by reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and even helping to combat depression – according to these scientific studies
Pets can also provide access to new stimulation and relationships, taking your dog to puppy training classes or keeping a horse at a stable can be a great way to gain new friends
What pet to choose?
When considering a possible pet many of us think firstly of cats or dogs but there are a wide range of alternative companions that could be better suited to your lifestyle. Dogs are perfect if you have lots of space and the time for daily walks but they require a more intensive routine than some pets and not everyone is able to accommodate this into their lifestyle.
For instance, mice or gerbils are great if you lack the space but still want a pet that needs a lot of care and attention while fish can be a low maintenance option and fit perfectly into a busy lifestyle.
Pets and the elderly
As pets have many health benefits and keep loneliness at bay, they can provide excellent companionship for the elderly. It has even been determined that they can help speed up recovery after a bout of illness or surgery!
Homeowners at McCarthy and Stone retirement developments should check with their apartment manager to see if pets are allowed in their home and to ensure they select an appropriate companion to suit their needs.
If an individual is unable to care for a pet as well as is needed then there are still ways for them to enjoy the companionship that comes with owning an animal. Pets as Therapy, for example, take animals to hospitals, care homes and many other locations for therapeutic benefits so that people get all the benefits, love and attention of a pet but without the intensive care schedule.
This is a promotional post with an image from Helen Haden via Flickr.