The Benefit of a Pet

Posted on January 27th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

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.

Pest Control

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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