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

They provide companionship

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

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

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.

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself"

They teach you responsibility

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

True, at Christmas I got to bathe the four dogs - YanRocky

They provide health benefits

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

I think theese reasons are really true about pets.

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. - Finch

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

Agreed! Lost my German shepherd 2 month ago breaking my heart. Great dog, finley was my best friend and was like my twin. Only 6 had cancer. now develpoing to be more mature thanks to my boy.

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. - Finch

I have a pit bull and she loves me more then anyone in this world - Sabbath

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. - Finch

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. - Finch

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. - Finch

I have a dog allergy but that will not stop me from adopting one in the future!

My cat gave me allergy.

They are fun
They need a home

The Contenders

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. - Finch

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. - Finch

They may help you live a longer life
They are cute

How are things cute?
I hate the term cute, its terrible. - gemcloben

They can protect you

Some people have guard dogs, like German Shepherds and Rottweilers. - Alpha101

They provide unconditional love

They love you now matter what you do!

I love dogs

They can save your life

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

They can warn you of danger
They will protect you
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