A research study by Beyondblue outlined some of the benefits of owning a pet for your emotional and psychological wellbeing.
While we are the ones who buy, feed, walk and care for our pets, it is often the pet who takes care of us. Research shows a bond one shares with a pet – whether it be a dog, cat, rabbit, fish or bird – can exponentially improve one’s mental health, and here are some of the reasons why:
Pets don’t judge:
• Pets will greet you the same way regardless of how you appear. Pets will generally love you without judgement, and are just happy to be in your company.
Pets keep you company:
• If you are alone, or if you’re not up to interacting with people, pets are there for you. They’re great to talk to (perhaps because they can’t talk back) and they pick up when you’re not feeling 100 per cent.
• Pets often have a calming influence and rubs off on you and help release stress and tension.
Pets can encourage you to be more active:
• Dogs in particular help you stay fit and give you the motivation to go for a walk or even a long run.
Pets can help you connect with others:
• Taking your dogs to the local park is a great way to interact with others and form new networks.