The ReJoyce team loves our pets and we know our clients love theirs too. Having an animal is more than just a responsibility, it’s an opportunity to learn patience, kindness, and understanding. It’s a chance to extend our family. Pets allow us to care for something other than ourselves, and while some might think it’s mostly a relationship based on us giving and them receiving, studies show that that is not the case. Dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, horses, and even crickets alike have a positive effect on our mood and overall health.
While it is true that pets are known to be destructive, needy, or a little too loud – like when your furry friend decides to bark at nothing, pulling you from a deep sleep- they are also responsible for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Animals can read when you’re upset and they want to help. Depending on the pet they might give you kisses, curl up in your lap, or just be present while you vent.
Cats are a unique example of how animals have healing powers. They aid their human companions physically and mentally just by purring! A cat purrs within a range of 20-140 Hz which is known to be medically therapeutic for illnesses in humans. Their purring seems to be a superpower, as it has calming effects. A cat’s purr decreases the symptoms of dyspnoea (difficulty in breathing) in humans. It also lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease. Studies show that cat owners have a 40% less risk of having a heart attack.
More mobile animals such as dogs and horses encourage exercise and playfulness. Spending time outside with your pet isn’t going to just benefit them, but can improve your own cardiovascular health, create opportunities to socialize, and decrease blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.
Studies also show that growing up and growing old with a pet can be very impactful. Caring for an animal can help children grow up more secure and active. It strengthens their self-esteem and is a tool in positive emotional development. Pets also provide valuable companionship for older adults, especially if they are living alone. At the end of the day, it seems to be that they do more for us than we could ever do for them.
We’d love to hear how your pets have helped you through the pandemic! And as always…
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Written by: Brittany Love