Having pets isn’t cheap. Just one cat or dog can cost you hundreds, or even thousands of dollars a year. Especially as they get older and start having to see the vet more. But most pet owners would tell you it’s worth it
Here are four ways having a pet improves your life, and they’re all backed by science.
- They relieve stress. Studies have shown that just petting your dog or cat lowers your blood pressure and relieves stress. Which is even more important as we get older.
- Pets help us raise happier, healthier children. Kids who grow up with pets in the house tend to have less anxiety, higher self-esteem, and better social skills. And being around a dog when you’re a baby is also good. A recent study found kids end up with stronger immune systems and fewer allergies if there’s a dog in the house.
- They encourage us to be more social. Dog owners are five times more likely to know their neighbors than people who don’t own dogs.
- They’re good for your heart. Dog owners walk a lot more than people who don’t have dogs, which helps out your cardiovascular system. But a recent study also found that any type of pet can also help if you’ve had a heart attack.
94% of people with pets live at least one year after a serious heart attack, compared to just 72% of people who don’t have pets.