Pets Are More Than Pets


When glancing at a pet all you see is an animal. While looking at a pet owner all you see is the owner. Is there more to this? Why do they own a pet? What benefits do pets bring for our personal use?

Despite the responsibilities that come with owning a pet, they can be beneficial to have. Centers for Disease Control say that animals can help us fall into having routines by having scheduled feedings, walks, and play time.

Health Benefits of Having a Routine said, “An effective routine can help reduce stress, which can lead to better mental health, more time to relax and less anxiety.”

Not only do pets help with consistency they give us a boost of serotonin and dopamine. A furry friend can be  protectful, playful, and cuddly.

Josephine Arno, grade 11, said, ”After a long stressful day, I lay down and cuddle my cat. My cat is my baby.”

Pets are known for helping with stress, depression, and anxiety. Animals can help from just being around and being themselves. I know my cat loves to bother me and follow me around keeping me company. Pets can also be loyal like family, this causes us to form a deep emotional connection for them. On a google survey 34/34 people said “yes” to pets being companions. This shows you can form that deeper relationship with the pet and some would even say pets are family.

From Google survey, Freshman Julia Kist, Stated, ”Pets are there when people can’t be. They are a friend that won’t do you wrong, the worst they’ll do is pee on the carpet or chew up a sock.”

Being a student can be stressful but if you have a pet it can help you get through the day. Next time you see a pet store go in and see what pet suits you best, but understand that having a pet includes a lot of time and dedication from them to have a healthy lifestyle.