Pets, Home & Lifestyle

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Pets make a wonderful addition to any family, and are particularly helpful to those with young children, or for people who are recovering from addiction. Research shows that those who own pets experience increased chances of being happy and successful, and are overall physically and mentally healthier than non-pet-owners.

How to choose a pet

Bringing a pet into your home is not without consideration, chiefly, which animal would make the best pet for your needs. Consider your lifestyle and how much time and money you can dedicate to the care of an animal. There are many quizzes out there than can help you narrow down which pet best fits your needs, or even tell you whether you’re more of a cat person or a dog person.

Pros and cons of pet ownership

Having a pet can increases one’s feeling of personal safety. A barking dog of any size will scare away most home invaders, and larger dogs provide an imposing presence when you’re out walking late at night.

Pets provide unconditional love and empathy. Sure, you’ll have to make sure you’re meeting at least your basic needs, but pets provide a level of love and empathy that is unmatched in humans companions.

Pets can help people improve their mental health — from lowering depression and anxiety, and helping addicts remain sober, to even bringing joy to children and helping them overcome stress. Dogs particularly also boost physical health, with their frequent need for walks and time outdoors.


Responsibility is certainly a consideration when you bring a pet home, both from a time and financial commitment, which can be substantial depending on the animal. But, it can also be an excellent motivator for people to outgrow childish behaviors.

Selling your home may be more difficult if you own a pet, as potential buyers are looking for messes, damage, and “hidden surprises.” It might be worth it to shell out for a professional cleaning, to fix any repairs (no matter how minor), and keep your pet and their belongings out of the home during showings.

Like it or not, if you’re in a relationship, you’ll end up competing with your partner for your pet’s attention. This might be problematic for someone bringing a pet into a relationship, or if you get a pet together and it bonds with one partner more than the other.

Finding information on pets

If you’ve never had a pet before and don’t know where to start, there are thousands of pet blogs on the Internet that can answer questions about basic care to more complex medical or behavioral needs. In fact, a quick hop onto social media will show you that the world is obsessed with cats, dogs, and other animal friends.

Gift ideas for pets & pet lovers

Pets become an important part of the family, and it’s only natural that pet parents would want to celebrate special occasions with their pets. Whether you’re looking for a stocking for your feline companion, or the perfect gift idea for the dog or cat lover on your list, there are plenty of options available. Don’t forget to include your dog walker on your gift list — they’re spending countless hours a year with your furry friend, and deserve to be acknowledged for all their hard work.

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