Perhaps you’ve been perfectly content with the mini guinea pigs or chinchillas running around in your pen for years or the budgie happily chirping away in its cage, but you could be missing out on a whole world of other lovable, furry animals. I can understand the hesitation when it comes to the prospect of buying a bigger pet, as we naturally imagine that a huge dog or even a small cat, with the freedom to run around and do as they please in your house, is going to be much more difficult to handle, much more expensive and a much more stressful companion than your small, manageable pet or pets at the moment. This isn’t the case however, and I’ll explain why having a bigger pet such as a cat or a dog will make your life so much better.
They’ll get you up and moving.
It’s hard to maintain a regular exercise routine. You come in from work, go to feed your parrot or hamster, and then collapse in front of the TV and watch Netflix. There’s no energy left inside you to go for a run, let alone a walk. If you owned a pet such as a dog, however, you wouldn’t be able to laze about all day every day. You’d have to take your furry little friend out on a walk at least once every day, which might seem like a burden, but, as mentioned on money.usnews.com, it’d actually keep you much healthier given that you’d be getting so much additional exercise each day (or perhaps the only exercise, depending on how busy your routine may be on weekdays).
It doesn’t even have to be a “huge” pet – even a rabbit could keep you active. Who’s to say you can’t put your furry little friend on a leash and take him out for a walk? The point is that owning an active, larger pet can have benefits for you, as it’ll kick you into action and get you moving the more you get them moving. Your goldfish might be sweet, but you can’t exactly join them for a swim in the fishtank (I wouldn’t recommend it, anyway). Bigger pets challenge us and help us grow as they grow too. They’re the perfect companion when it comes to improving our health, as I’ll explain further.
There’s a strong emotional connection there.
I’m not saying you can’t have an emotional connection with your pet snake, fish or even a bird, but there’s something warm and comforting about a pet which can roam around with you, and is a larger, freer companion than an animal which must stay in its tank or cage for safety reasons. It’s been proven that dogs, in particular, feed off our emotions as we feed off theirs. There’s just more of an opportunity to form a friendship than there is with your little friend floating around in the fishtank all day. It’s more of a two-way friendship than it might be with smaller animals with which you can’t go for a run or hang out on your sofa.
They’re not as high-maintenance as you might think.
You can still go out and have a social life. Perhaps some animals require a little more care than others, but you could check out www.friendsforpets.co.uk for dog walkers or dog sitters. There are always ways to go out and have fun, and that should be no different whether you own a huge, hulking dog or a tiny guinea pig. Even the largest pets can be left to their own devices now and then.
They’re good for your health.
On www.petsmag.co.uk, it’s noted that pets are good for our health. Now, whilst this might apply to any pet, whatever their size or however much we can involve them in our day, it’s undeniable that a pet you can stroke and have by your side whenever you go for a walk or simply sit in your back garden is a pet which can become your companion and enrich your life even more than a small, caged animal.
Whilst all manner of animals are worth having as pets, given that they can all enrich our lives in different ways, bigger animals such as dogs, in the case of elderly people who might need a companion on lonely days, are the best bet to bring people true happiness. Perhaps it’s simply because active and free pets force us to be more active, rather than dogs or cats simply being “better” than other pets, but the emotional benefits are clear.
You’ll make new friends.
Your parrot might be great, but it’s probably rather awkward and dangerous to take him or her out with you into the outdoor world. A dog or a cat, on the other hand, can invite you into a whole world of likeminded individuals whether it’s out in the local park, where you’re bound to strike up an excitable and rabid discussion about the joys of owning a pet, or even charitable events involving pets. You’ll find that so many doors open up to you in terms of social events, whether planned or simply by walking through the street, and you no longer have to wait for guests to visit your house to show them your pet frog or hamster, as now you have a pet that you can take out with you and show off to the world.
Finally, as mentioned above, animals affect our minds and heart, but larger animals such as dogs and cats have been proven to have a closer link to us emotionally than many other creatures in the animal kingdom. You might love your guinea pigs, of course, and I’m not suggesting that they’re an unworthy companion, but bigger pets such as dogs demonstrate their love back to us in proactive and independent ways. As explained on www.lifespan.com, dogs, cats and other animals which strive to be more of a companion than a pet help soothe our minds and make our day easier in a stressful world; whether that involves jumping at us when we come home from work or forcing us to chase them through the park whenever they see another furry friend.