Guest Post by PurringPal, 

Owning a pet can be a roller coaster ride, and yet a lot of pet owners are happy to say that they enjoy the most of it. In a census done in 2017-2018, about 85 million families actually have pets in their homes. That’s a lot, and there has to be a reason why people love pets – be it a cat or dog.

It’s never really just about sheltering a pet or making sure that they properly eat, exercise, and remain healthy anymore. There are studies that have proven how owning a pet is beneficialto one’s mental health.

As PurringPal described, having cats, dogs, and other types of pets can even help strengthen the mental focus of children.

It is possible that these lessons can go unnoticed, but we will let you know what those lessons are. Trust us! After reading this, you’ll probably look at your pet and adore them more than you already do if you haven’t realized these things just yet.

  1. Sense of Responsibility

This is mainly the reason why a lot of parents can’t easily give in to letting their young kids have pets. However, for some, this is something that works best in teaching their kids to be responsible and possibly independent.

Having pets will require you to do things for them like giving them a bath or feeding them the right food and taking them to a vet for a check-up. These are things that we all should do for ourselves to but sometimes forget.

If you have a pet to remind you of all these things, then that makes you a responsible being.

  1. Forgiveness

There will be times when we need to discipline our pets, but have you ever noticed that they never really stay upset for too long? In fact, even after the disciplining that made them feel sad, just a pat or cuddle from you can already make them feel giddy in no time.

Forgiveness may not be easy for some but how our pets ward off the things that make them sad could be inspiring enough for you to do the same!

  1. Unconditional Love

Aside from the occasional cuddles, pets do not really need anything else from you for them to love you possibly even more than you love them. Even if you don’t have anything left with you, your pet will still stay with you.

Think of Will Smith’s loyal dog in “I am Legend”. That’s definitely a love we can admire.

  1. Confidence and Self-Esteem

Have you ever seen your pet look in front of a mirror and feel bad about itself? No, right?

This should show you how confident pets can be. They could look silly while wearing a box on top of their heads but still confidently walk on the street without caring for what others would say.

A lot of celebrity pets are famous because of their personality and mainly their confidence to do things that we find adorable and even things that we don’t expect them to do. Like them, you should also feel good about yourself to be capable of more things.

  1. Happiness in Small Things

Sometimes, we get surprised to see what makes our pets happy. Some pets can go crazy over a small toy like a tennis ball. For cats, you give them something to scratch on and they’d probably already feel great.

With this said, pets could still find happiness even in small things. Us humans sometimes forget to look for the silver lining and from time to time, we do need such reminders from our pets.

  1. Allowing Yourself to Play

For some reason, a lot of people stop playing at a certain age or point in their life. We forget how fun it could be and how playing could actually be beneficial in many ways.

With a pet around, we get the chance to do this again. We can play fetch or go running with them. Having these fun activities with your pets could definitely boost you up.

  1. Social Skills

It’s not true that having a pet and living with one alone can isolate you. This actually helps you improve your social skills because you get to talk to someone every day about anything.

Even if you can’t really converse with your pet well, the feeling that you’re being listened to can already make you express yourself better. That’s not only expressing yourself better to your pet but also to everyone.

  1. Budgeting

Adulting is made harder because of this and having a pet to care for can affect how you spend on yourself.

Pet owners find budgeting their salary or allowances on a piece of paper that include their pets need effective and efficient. It makes it easy for them to determine which things are worth giving up to sustain their pet’s needs.

  1. Contentment

When pets are given the basic needs like food, shelter, and water, they can already live comfortably. It’s normal for humans to keep on craving for indulgences.

But when you really think of how your pet can be contented easily with what they have, it could remind you to take it easy and just appreciate the things, especially the people in your life.

  1. Taking a Break

Speaking of taking it easy, our wants and needs can make us restless and that could be very detrimental. Pets, when tired, take a retreat. It’s as simple as that.

Dogs and cats in particular sleep when they are tired or when they just really need to. You should sometimes take the time to rest, not only by sleeping but also by relieving yourself from all your worries.

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