Did you know that petting your cat or dog not only soothes your pet, but also yourself? As you are petting your cat or dog, your body releases a relaxation hormone, cuts down on levels of stress hormone, and lowers your blood pressure (webmd.com).
Also, did you know that having a pet benefits a baby’s immune system. Studies show that babies raised in families that have pets may be less likely to get allergies and asthma, and have fewer colds and ear infections during their first year than babies living in pet-free homes.
Pets are bridges that allow you to connect with other people. They make people more interested or intrigued; making them want to come to you. If you are not very social and want to make friends, pets are a great way to start conversations and friendships.
Yet each year, about 2.7 million pets are put down (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats), and 7.6 million pets enter animal shelters (3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats) (aspca.org). How can something so healthy and beneficial to human beings be rejected to shelters and euthanized?
According to “Reasons For Not Owning A Dog Or Cat” (care2.com), most of the adults’ reasons for not having pets are:
- Costs associated with having pets are too high. (Total first-year cost of owning a dog is $1,270 and a cat is $1,070, )
- Don’t have enough time to care of a pet.
- The grief over the loss of a previous pet was too much to handle.
Although these are reasonable explanations, are they good enough? Can there be changes made so that people can have pets and still be happy?
Say for example, the excuse of not having enough time. There is always time in the day to do simple activities, like reading books, watching TV, or doing homework. Why not save time for your pet? Organize your schedule, and add in about an hour of pet-bonding time. That way, you can do all the chores, like filling the food and water bowls, and cleaning the litter box. Once the chores are finished, the extra time left can be used playing with your pet.
There can be many loopholes that you can do to get rid of your problems. It just depends on how badly you want a pet, and if you’re willing to spend time taking care of it. Personally, I believe that the pros in this case (benefits health) outweigh the cons (costs, time, etc.).