Benefits of having a pet
Children and adults of all ages could benefit greatly from having a pet. The unconditional love of an animal adds quality to our lives, and it’s not only dogs that offer unconditional affection. Even cats, although they aloof, make great companions and form strong bonds with people. And, of course, there are countless other animals to choose from. Hamsters, fish, birds, rabbits… take your pick. Having a pet comes with responsibility, though, and an investment of time and money. Is it worth it? Here are just a few of the reasons why it definitely is!
They get you to move because dogs need regular walks, cats like to play, and other animals all need care, so you’ll always be getting some exercise in the course of looking after a pet. This is great news in the battle against our inner couch potatoes.
They make the best companions because they’re great listeners and they never talk back. The therapeutic powers of a pet have been written and talked about extensively. A pet can help combat social isolation and loneliness not only by being at home with you, and helping you not to feel alone, but also by offering a connection to other people and providing easier ways to make friends. When you’re out walking your dog, for example, it’s must easier to strike up a conversation with a stranger. People with pets are also generally perceived to be kinder, more caring and trustworthy – all characteristics that will attract people to you if you have a pet.
They are excellent antidotes to stress because when we pet them, our heartrate drops and our blood pressure comes down. This accounts for the fact that pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels than people who don’t have pets. It’s no exaggeration to say you’ll then be less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke later in life. And the effect isn’t limited to petting an animal. It could even just be watching your goldfish swim around in its tank.
They give you purpose and this is probably the biggest benefit of all. Having an animal to take care of can be life-changing. Whether it’s to teach a child responsibility, provide an older person with a constant companion, or give a busy person a reason to slow down… caring for a pet brings new meaning and purpose to life, makes it easier to connect with other people, and helps us focus our attention on something other than the problems or challenges of daily life. No wonder so many people are opting for a four-legged or -finned friend! They’re the best.
DID YOU KNOW?
In terms of pet ownership, South Africa ranks ninth highest in the world, behind countries like the USA and India, but ahead of the UK and France. Pet ownership is on the increase because of a few factors, including more empty-nesters, single professionals, couples delaying having children, and even for reasons of safety and security.
Melrose Arch is an award-winning mixed-use precinct, owned and operated by the Amdec Group, South Africa’s leading developers of New Urban lifestyles. It’s one of the safest public spaces in Johannesburg, and also pet friendly. To discuss opportunities to live, rent or invest at Melrose Arch, or any other of the Amdec Group’s developments, please contact Tersia Taljaard on 087 897 0222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.