Top Ten Reasons to Have a Pet

Whether you are an adult or a child, having an animal as a pet is one of the most challenging and rewarding things you can do.

Many child psychologists have stated that having a pet is not only the only training for having children, but also a necessary one. Below are the top ten reasons why a person should have a pet.
The Top Ten
1 They provide companionship

They certainly do this well. Having four cats makes my day-to-day life that much more friendly. There's always someone happy to come home to.

Pets, if treated correctly, can be your best friend. Loyal, affectionate, and caring, animals can be everything your human friends are not.

It's good to keep a pet when you tend to live a lonely life. It relieves the negative effects of long-term loneliness.

2 They provide health benefits

Scientists have found that petting an animal can lower blood pressure and reduce stress.

3 They teach you responsibility

Walking, playing, feeding, keeping fresh water, and cleaning up after... And all these things have to be done whether you want to or not.

4 They help emotional development

Not only in children but also in adults, attachment to a pet has shown to help people express themselves and learn to relate to other people better.

Agreed! I lost my German shepherd two months ago, breaking my heart. Finley was my best friend and was like my twin. Only six and had cancer. Now developing to be more mature, thanks to my boy.

I've never been without a pet growing up, and their own personalities have taught me a lot.

5 They ward off depression

Pets can give you a sense of purpose. Taking care of them as well as receiving their affection can help keep you emotionally strong.

I have a pit bull, and she loves me more than anyone in this world.

6 They can keep you in shape

All the time you spend playing (needs to be at least 2 hours of dedicated attention) on the ground, running, walking, and throwing can keep you active and fit.

7 They make you more social

Just like children can become instant topics, so too can pets become a way to break the ice with other people.

8 They can reduce allergies

Even though people associate animals with increased allergies, studies have shown that keeping a pet around can reduce the risk of a child developing allergies by up to 33%. Children generally develop stronger immune systems when regularly around pets.

9 They are fun
10 They need a home
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11 They are pest control

Most household pets are actually carnivores in some form. Even fish eat algae. Help keep mice, bugs, and other unwanted critters from your home by keeping a pet around.

12 They are practice for parenthood

Let's face it, if you can't keep an animal alive, then you probably shouldn't have kids. In fact, animals are cheaper, easier, and often more rewarding than children. They often smell better too.

13 They may help you live a longer life
14 They provide unconditional love

They love you no matter what you do!

15 They can save your life

Some pets can determine whether a person is about to have a seizure due to their hypersensitivity to smell.

16 They can protect you

Some people have guard dogs, like German Shepherds and Rottweilers.

17 They are cute
18 They can warn you of danger
19 They will protect you
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