21 Reasons To Have a Pet

by Dr. Chris

January 18, 2010 There are many reasons to have a pet, but some of the them are not very obvious. Its easy for people to point out that owning a pet helps you mentally, but what about physically?

Science is now showing us why having a pet is good for our health as well as for our minds. Here are 21 reasons to have a pet.

1. Companionship

There is nothing like having a pet waiting to great you at the door when you come home from work.

2. Less Medication

One study has shown that elderly people need less medication when they have a pet.

3. Socialize

It is easier to socialize with other pet owners and interact with other people who find your pet cute.

4. Responsibility

Kids who have pets learn responsibility from taking care of their pets.

5. Security

If you live alone, you tend to feel more secure at night if you have a pet in the house.

6. Exercise

Having a pet gives you a lot more exercise, from taking your dog for a walk to playing with your cat with the Mouse in the House.

7. Blood Pressure

Having pets is good for your heart, and has been shown to decrease blood pressure.

8. Live Longer

Heart attack patients live longer afterwards if they have a pet according to one study.

9. Fewer Doctor Visits

People with pets tend to have fewer doctor visits according to an Australian study.

10. Less Mice

You have less mice and other pests in the house when you have cats and dogs to chase them away.

11. Comedy

Pets often time provide comedic relief when you need it the most.

12. Unconditional Love

Pets love you unconditionally, which is something many people lack in their lives.

13. Cleaner House?

Pets can keep your house cleaner by picking up food particles you drop off the ground.

14. Sense of Accomplishment

Caring for, and keeping a pet healthy, can provide a great sense of accomplishment.

15. Great to Touch

There is nothing like petting a cat or dog that has a nice full and rich coat.

16. Hobby

Pets can provide a great hobby, from making doggy clothing to attending pet shows.

17. Humanitarian

One of the best reasons to have a pet is that you can save a pet's life by adopting one from a pet shelter.

18. Competition

For people who love competition, there are many dog hunting and dog agility courses you can compete in.

19. Husbandry

Having a pet allows you to teach others all about proper pet care.

20. Alarm Clock

Having a pet is like a free alarm clock that often wake you up a little bit too early sometimes.

21. Bed Warmer

Pets can help to keep you nice and warm in bed.

As you can see there are many reasons to have a pet, use the form below to help add your own reasons.

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