Pet owners are well aware that at some point from “just funny animals” and “those whom we have tamed” they turn into real family members. And, like family members, they affect our physical and mental health. Let’s figure out how this influence works.
Reduce stress and anxiety
Interaction with animals increases levels of the hormone oxytocin, which in turn helps lower levels of the stress-causing hormone cortisol. So, now, when stressful situations arise, doctors also recommend domesticating themselves.
Interaction with pets is particularly beneficial for toddlers. Young children living in families with pets experience significantly less stress and anxiety as well as social problems. Such communications rule out the possibility of developing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in adulthood.
Strengthen the cardiovascular system and stabilize blood pressure
According to cardiac research, pet owners (mainly cats and dogs) are much less susceptible to pressure drops and heart problems. Aside from communicating and calming soothing pets, a regular stroll with them in fresh air is of great importance.
Increase physical activity
It is no secret that a person walks more than having a pet. This applies not only to walking and walking but also to bathing and cleaning animals. The most active, of course, are dog owners, but active games with cats are no less useful.