Benefits of owning a pet

 Benefits of owning a pet, according to our very own writers.

Here at 50plusinfobus, we know the benefits of owning a pet. For people anywhere, pets can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase social interaction and physical activity.

Benefits of owning a pet | over 50's lifestyleAnyone looking for an excuse to get a new furry (or not furry) friend, look no further than this article. Having a pet is a big change in your life, pets require attention and dedication, but those are small prices to pay for the amount of physical and mental benefits pets bring into our lives. If you are debating getting a pet, then the following benefits of having pets will likely have you heading out and searching for the next addition to your home. Having a new pet can mentally stimulate the owner and you will find yourself enjoying reading up and talking to people about the benefits of owning a pet.

We know that pets live in the here and now, no worries about tomorrow, and this attitude is highly infectious. You’ll find that pets can reduce loneliness and depression, if retired and in need of a hobby or a companion, raising a pet will provide you with both.

Pets benefit, too, all pets need a loving home, if you are a younger owner you can benefit your pet by being active and having fun with it. if you are an older owner you can devote your time to loving and caring for your pet.

Here are some things you should take into consideration when choosing a pet:

  • Right pet for the right owner. There’s no single right pet, as people are so different, the decision needs to be made carefully. Do you want a dog that needs constant love and attention, a cat that needs litter training, or a rabbit that will need cleaning out? It is hard, but the benefits are enormous.
  • Have you had a pet before? Of course it is easier for both the pet and the owner if the owner has had a pet previously, it wont be so much of a change and you will know what to expect. That doesn’t mean that you cant become a first time pet owner as an adult, just expect a big change in your life.
  • Do you have disabilities? If you are not as physically able, a pet such as a cat or indoor bird may be a better candidate as they don’t need as much physical care as dogs and rabbits. If you buy a slightly older dog they will still want to go out for walks but it will be a lot shorter and less frequent than a younger dog, so get a pet that meets your physical abilities. On a side note, if you’ve not got the time to walk a dog everyday, consider getting a cat that can go exercise on its own, or a snake that rarely needs letting out of its cage!
  • Is the pet the right age? A puppy, kitten or bunny may not be the best choice for some owners because of the care and training required. Young pets may outlive their owners, birds in particular have long life spans. A younger owner will want a younger pet as they are more energetic and will have a longer amount of time with the owner.
  • Does the pets personality suit yours? Okay for example, people are put off of the Pyrenean Mastiff due to its size, but it could be the most mellow dog you will meet. Some people may go for something like a Jack Russell as they’re very small, but they are very energetic and require lots of exercise. If you don’t have a lot of spare time, a cat or bird will be for you. If you’re younger and have a lot more time and energy, a puppy or bunny may be for you.
  • Are finances an issue? Pets cost money, but usually as they get older they will need less and less. Less toys, less food, less injections and vaccinations. Have a look in to what each individual pet needs e.g. cage, hay, food quantities etc.

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