Does Being a “Cat Mom” Help Your Health?
Pet lovers can gain many health benefits. Have you ever had a stressful day and when you got home you just wanted to see your pets, talk to them and know they are there for you?
They are good listeners and never talk back. They love you unconditionally and appreciate your love in return. They depend on you and this gets your focus off your stressors and on to them. This has a positive effect on your health, which has been proven by many recent studies.
Some of the proven benefits of having a pet can be
- Decreasing your blood pressure
- Helping seniors to focus on companionship
- Decreasing feelings of loneliness and isolation
- Therapeutic in fighting everyday stress
- Fewer minor health issues with fewer trips to the doctor
- Improving overall psychological wellbeing
- Encouraging more exercise which promotes better physical health
- Having a pet when you are a child also helps in the development of cognitive and social skills.
A few of these benefits can include:
- Development of a nurturing behavior
- Enhances cognitive development
- Positive affect on self esteem
Children with pets are more inclined to be involved in activates such as sports, hobbies, and even chores.
If you have never been a pet owner, maybe its time to evaluate your lifestyle to see if an addition to your home is just what the doctor ordered. For those of us that already enjoy this lifestyle, we wouldn’t trade our pets for anything.