There is a special bond between humans and their pets. How else can we explain the fact that owners of furry friends feel less lonely, cope with stress more easily, and get sick less often? Indeed, the effect of those we have tamed is significant, both mentally and physically.

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Why do people get pets?

Everyone's motives are different: some people seek salvation from loneliness, while others want someone to take care of. But one thing is certain: pets give unconditional love. Such a feeling is truly experienced only in infancy, when mother loves her child just as he/she is.

How do animals affect their owners?

Providing support

Not only people are capable of empathy – pets can feel their owner's emotions either. They understand many words, recognize the tone of voice, respond to gestures, show affection and not just when they are hungry. The mere presence of a fluffy pet helps to calm down, and a simple stroking and purring in response helps to cheer up.

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Pets help build up their owners' self-esteem, because they don't care about the status, appearance, and success of the beloved human. They need care and that is why they get attached to people naturally. At the same time they influence people's psycho-emotional state: they reduce stress levels, anxiety, and help cope with depression. This is due to the influence of serotonin and dopamine, the pleasure hormones that are released in response to hugs, stroking, playing with a pet.

Curing

As studies show, pet owners see the doctor less often. Researchers argue that in 74% of cases, pets have helped their owners cope with psychological problems and depression in the wake of a serious illness. Dogs are known to be good for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The process of watching and interacting helps the child develop concentration. Cats are also beneficial and help regulate sleep. Similar to a favorite fluffy plaid, they literally lull you to sleep, giving a feeling of warmth and comfort.

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Another interesting study showed that pets reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, thereby prolonging their owner's life.

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Widening social circle

Pets gather like-minded people around them and encourage their owners to meet new people. Love for animals creates a new social circle, uniting "cat people" and "dog people" around the world.

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Keeping in shape and teaching responsibility

Daily walks with a pet improve emotional well-being and help stay fit. Dog owners spend 30 minutes more a week outdoors than others – a puppy look seems to be a pretty good motivation. It's also a great way for both owner and pet to lose extra pounds. One interesting study showed that those who walk their dog for 20 minutes a day, five times a week, lose an average of 13 – 15 pounds a year without changing their diet.

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