Pets cost money. They need food, health care, and have grooming needs. They do, however, make up for the cost of their care just by being themselves.
A pet doesn’t just make good childhood memories. They are a friend in the dark when a night light just isn’t working. They are great playmates for only children or that child seeking a little quiet in a big family. They listen to secrets and share cuddles too.
Being honest, these aren’t just benefits that come to children. Adults who are living alone (or even with a family) benefit from having a pet. Blood pressure is lowered and petting them gives us that moment to breathe and find a little clarity during our busy days. They stave off depression and feelings of being alone. If the family has a dog, they even get the benefit of exercise.
Many animals have inspired books, movies, paintings and other forms of media/art. Even when they aren’t the subject they give us proper diversion to our creative stresses and lead us to a worthy subject. When I feel a block in my creative flow I spend some time with my pets. They seem to know what I need to see or do to get back on track.
Heaven forbid, but if we end up with a pest in our home (of the rodent or insect variety) the cats are the first to know and to act. We always find out by being gifted with a dead thing on our pillows or in the middle of the living room floor. It gives us a chance to act against our invasion before it becomes out of hand, and reminds us that our fuzzy friends like to pull their weight.
It’s sad, but true. I don’t relax on my own. I mean to, but get busy. Self care is not at the top of my priority list. So when I see my cat doing downward facing dog, I am reminded to do yoga. When I see them grooming I am reminded that’s not a bad idea for me either. On rare occasion I am even tempted into a much needed nap by the cat snoozing happily on the bed.
Do you have pets? How do they improve your life?
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