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
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