Pets matter. They make our lives richer. Pets can play a unique role in our lives, providing unconditional love, reducing anxiety, and releasing stress. If you’ve been wondering about getting a pet during your caregiver journey, consider that science supports pets as providing a calming, balancing, and enjoyable relationship.
Those in the healing arts know that pets make a positive physical and psychological difference for many. For decades, retirement homes, cancer wards, rehab centers, and children’s hospitals are just a few venues where animal visits are the highlight of the week and eagerly anticipated. The simple act of petting an animal can rapidly reduce stress and promote calm. Soothing. Comforting. Pets are often cherished.
|Sweet girl - protective & wise|
We’ll stick here to the common dog and cat pet choices. You’ll hear people express they are a “dog person”, or a “cat person” for a variety of reasons, but both can make wonderful pets. Dogs have a wonderful ability to “read” your moods, understand certain words, provide comfort and a canniness to read your mind when you need a non-judgmental guide to listen to you mull over a problem. Cats also sense your moods, will sleep trustingly even as you talk to them, and purr as they curl beside you. When you need an extra measure of hope, warmth, and kindness, cats are low maintenance and exercise on their own. Most dogs and cats are social animals and want to be around people and follow you everywhere if you’ll let them.
|A purring machine & cuddler|
Animals are genuine, they don’t gossip, they rely upon you while giving you stress relief, laughter, empathy, companionship, and unconditional love. There is great power in pets, so go ahead, talk to your animals, they’ll love you all the more – and it’s great therapy without an appointment and immediate. Consider THAT for a moment…
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