Whether you are more of a cat person or have a fondness for dogs, you will have noticed how having pets around the house can bring a smile to everyone’s face. That’s not to say that they are sometimes hard work! But having another companion seems to brighten up our lives.
Although looking after any kind of animal is a big responsibility – and one that should not be taken lightly – the appeal of having a pet is plain to see. Not only is there someone else to share all the good times with, they are also there for when things aren’t so great.
Pets Improve Relationship
Many people in relationships may have concerns about introducing a new member into the household – no matter how adorable they look! Although it may not take quite as much time and finance as a child, looking after any kind of pet is a full-time commitment and there are other bills and costs that will need to taken care of. But there are also many reasons why the positives of having a pet outweigh these negatives and improve relationship.
A Better You
A loyal dog or friendly cat can brighten up even the worst of days. After a terrible day at work, the love and devotion shown by an animal can soon wash away all those miserable feelings and put you in a much better mood. This obviously affects your home life – if you are in a better mood, then you will enjoy your relationship more and outside negativities will not influence you and your partner as much.
Whether your relationship is in a good place or needs a little bit of help, a pet can improve the situation greatly. Having something extra in common may be able to bring you and your partner closer together – a new common bond where both of you share the same sentiments and feelings. And when the time comes to say goodbye to a loved pet you could find that sharing the grief in a funeral ceremony may make both of you feel a little better at what would be a very sad time.
Deciding to have a baby might seem a long way off for many couples, but dealing with the responsibilities of owning a pet could be used as good practice for parenthood. Having to think of someone else apart from yourself – or even your partner – might be new to some people, so a pet can help with developing these skills. Sharing something important could bring you closer together.
A pet is there for you even when times are not so good, so having a friendly ear to listen to you vent your frustrations as you take them for a walk might avert unnecessary arguments with your partner.
A friend for life – for both of you
Even if you already have kids, bringing a pet into the house can make everyone feel better and improve relationships. There is a definite connection between animals and humans, and pets can help the human-to-human connection.