A pet, or companion animal, is an animal kept primarily for a person's company or entertainment rather than as a working animal, livestock or a laboratory animal. Popular pets are often considered to have attractive appearances, intelligence and relatable personalities, but some pets may be taken in on an altruistic basis (such as a stray animal) and accepted by the owner regardless of these characteristics.Pets provide their owners both physical and emotional benefits. Walking a dog can provide both the human and the dog with exercise, fresh air and social interaction.

Which animals can be kept as pets?

When it comes to the types of animals that can be kept as pets, there are many to choose from. Some of them are
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Rabbits
  • Hamsters
  • Gerbils
  • Ferrils
Among them, dogs and cats are the most common. Besides the one's listed above there can be many animals which can be kept as kept depending from person to person and place to place.Dogs are part of the family in 46.3 million households in the United States, more than any other pet, according to the American Pet Products Association. The average dog owner has 1.7 dogs, meaning that there are about 78 million pet dogs. Dogs have been domesticated for about 14,000 years, longer than any other animal.
Approximately 38.9 million American households own cats, notes the American Pet Products Association. However, there are more pet cats than dogs, at 86.4 million, because cat owners tend to have more cats per household – around 2.2.

Advantages of having pets

Pets provide their owners both physical and emotional benefits. Walking a dog can provide both the human and the dog with exercise, fresh air and social interaction. Pets can give companionship to people who are living alone or elderly adults who do not have adequate social interaction with other people. There is a medically approved class of therapy animals, mostly dogs or cats, that are brought to visit confined humans, such as children in hospitals or elders in nursing homes. Pet therapy utilizes trained animals and handlers to achieve specific physical, social, cognitive or emotional goals with patients.People most commonly get pets for companionship, to protect a home or property or because of the perceived beauty or attractiveness of the animals.Whether the pets are small or large, they will always create their huge presence in your home with their personality. They will be a part of your life and you will always look forward to go home to them.You will have a sense of responsibility towards them and you will feel good about caring for them because you get loads of love in return.They create a very positive environment around the house.You will make more friends because everyone loves pets and they will want to visit you to visit your pets.You will never ever feel low because they sense and they do something to cheer you up.Thinking of your pet as part of the family could help you get over social rejection. Loneliness has been associated with heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other negative outcomes, but older adults who owned pets were 36 percent less likely to say they were lonely than those who didn’t have a furry friend, according to a study published in Aging & Mental Health. Especially among those who live alone, a pet could offer social interaction when other people aren’t around