The Benefits of Having Pets
What do you think about Children and Pets?
First off I will admit that I am biased as we are a family of animal lovers and we think that the benefits of having pets far outweighs any challenges that (if any) that may arise. I love cats and dogs. Apparently so much so that even though I’m allergic to cats we always seem to have one in our family, sometimes we’ve had two.
They’ve always and continue to bring us joy which always outweighs any sadness of when they’re gone. our lives would not have been the same without them. Even now we simply can’t imagine having a cat or dog as part of our family, they are part of our lives and our memories.
Below is my daughter when she was only four years old (she’s 12 now) with our dog Luna whom we got as a puppy. Luna is still with us and goes to work every day with my husband and comes home to play with my daughter.
There are in my opinion so many benefits of having pets or should I say having furry family members and I’m happy share just some of those benefits with you!
I do not judge and understand that some parents choose not to have a pet in their home and there is nothing wrong with that. However, choosing to have a pet does have its benefits. A pet can offer a child and its parents love and affection, companionship and also responsibility.
Other positive benefits of having a pet in your home is that a pet can help to lower your stress as both you and your child will be delighted by their antics. Having a pet in your household can also help to boost your child’s self-esteem.
As mentioned above having a pet in the household can also teach the child responsibility. They will have to learn pet care chores and in return bond with the animal. They will also learn about nurturing with kindness and love. Shelter and exercise is also something that your child will learn from having a pet in your home. They will also learn compassion and empathy.
Another thing that your child can benefit from having a pet in the home is that they are not judgemental. If your child wants to sing to your pet or even read to them for that matter, the pet will not take note of whether or not they missed a note or a word. A pet can help to fill that empty void when there is no one else around to play with or even communicate with.
Pet care also includes grooming. A friendly and gentle rub across the back of a cat or dog, bunny, hamster, and other furry animals can greatly reduce stress. And, heaven forbid, if the child is having a bad day or is upset about something, a pet can somehow take away feelings of distress and discomfort.
Before choosing a pet for your child it is important that you do some research into specific kinds of animals and their demeanor. Choose one that your child will relate to the best. Think about their size, characteristics, life span, care, and cost of having the pet in the first place before making a decision.
What do you think about the benefits of having pets aka having furry family members? Feel free to comment below.