Did you ever own a pet? Have you noticed that pets make you feel happier? A dog, a cat, a golden fish or any other little animal that is part of your life.
If you haven’t had this experience yet, you should know there are several advantages to own, raise or adopt a pet. One of them is they can make you feel ageless. Here are the reasons why.
There are countless cases of pets who helped the cure of people with depression, anxiety, autism and many other conditions. A senior facility located in Arizona allowed its residents to feed, take care and play with kittens. This way, the seniors were given a new sense of responsibility. And they did it with great joy.
Some of them, who were suffering from Parkinson or Alzheimer condition, before interacting with the kittens, refused communication. But after a few weeks of taking care of the little creatures, they announced they wanted to take them out for a walk! Moreover, they seemed to be very open to other people.
Also, the interaction with the kittens helped them remember long-lost memories in a very natural way.
Walking the pet gives you a good a reason to leave the house and move your body. Therefore it is a pleasant way to exercise and stimulate your lymphatic system.
Cats have a very special sense of feeling the organs with problems. They come and sit on the aching part of your body until you feel better. My cat does this often to my family members and she is also a ‘professional masseur’.
When a cat gives you a massage session, she makes you feel calm and relaxed as her energy reduces your blood pressure and the stress level.
Cats’ purr is known to have healing effects for bones, muscles, tendons and the cat owners have 40% less risk of heart attack.
Pets make you feel loved
Because of their affectionate nature, pets form close relationships with their owners. A pet is a companion that will never judge you, no matter of your looks, age and so called weak points.
Dogs especially will love you unconditionally and will always care for you. They can feel when you are sad and they come to sit near you. You know what follows. They look into your eyes, lick your hand or even invent all kind of games and tricks. The result? You smile and feel better.
The pets you adopted or the animals you saved are aware of your good deed for them. They will pay you back with tones of love.
Some studies confirmed that playing with pets can increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine produced by your body. This means you will experience joy. You’ll smile often, move more, suffer less and feel younger.
Animals live in the here and now and they don’t worry about tomorrow. They will teach you to play and switch to a good mood in just a second.
Pets make you realize the importance of living the moment.
I remember my father – who was always a serious person – refusing to touch an animal as he was afraid of getting viruses or animal diseases.
As I had to leave on vacation several times, I asked my parents to take care of my two pets: Laika, an adopted stray dog and Stella, an adopted Burmese cat. As my mother couldn’t go and visit them all the time, my father had to take care of my furry children. After a while, I caught my serious father using various things in the house (like newspapers and all sort of wires) to play with the cat. I even heard him talking to the cat with the voice of a little child, unaware that I was witnessing and enjoying the moment. This time my father seemed to be ageless.
Taking your pet for a walk is also an opportunity to meet in the park and socializing with other dog lovers.
I remember the moments when some nice looking dogs were courting my Laika and I had to enter amusing conversations with the other dog owners.
After my pets came into my life, I noticed that all my family members and friends had a favorite topic of conversation: ‘How are your furry kids?’ Lots funny stories followed and everyone laughed.
Also, my friends, no matter of their age, are practically compelled by my funny pets to play and this way they all feel younger.
These are just a few reasons to raise a pet or even the same, adopt an older one. This is of course a responsibility, but the joys it brings are countless.
It would be nice if you would like to share with us a story about your pet or leave a comment below. How did your mood change after the pet came into your life? Did you feel happier or even ageless?