Mental Health

It Pets Better

About a week ago, it was International Dog’s Day and as a dog-lover, it got me thinking about how much my pets have influenced my emotions in the past.

Currently, I have Pip, a 3-year old cocker spaniel and three chickens: Daisy, Princess Lay-a and Annie Yolkley (I have no shame in their names). Growing up, my house was like a petting zoo – we’ve had dogs, cats, guinea pigs, tortoises and an evil rabbit. So, I have always been a big animal lover, and will often get excited whenever I see a dog.

Photo Credit: Bonnie Kittle

Humans Need Animals

If you think about it, humans have always had an emotional connection with animals. We domesticated the wolf into a fluffy companion, and we learned to respect and train horses. On my worst days, I often find comfort in a cuddle with Pip or talking to the chickens. Back in March 2019, I wrote a post about ways to improve a bad day (‘A Few Small Things…’), and if I could re-write it, I would fur sure (pun intended) include spending time with animals.

I decided to do a little research (nerd) into why pets can be so good for our mental health. According to the Mental Health Foundation, owning a pet encourages us to exercise, socialise, and relax. In conjunction with Cats Protection, a study found that 87% of cat owners felt that their feline friends had a positive impact on their mental health.

Photo Credit: Yerlin Matu

Feline Fine!

On that note, I would just like to dedicate this post to all creatures big and small that make the world a bit brighter. And, I would like any pet-owner reading this, to take a moment to show your furry/scaly/or-even-hairless pals some love. If you don’t have a pet, go and see a friend or family member in your bubble (social distancing fellas) that does.

Stay pawsome (lame pun) and stay safe! See you neigh-xt time (just stop).

J x

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