16 Reasons to Get A Family Pet

Pets are an excellent addition to any family. They can bring laughter into the home and light up a tough day. These creatures seem to know us best and have an emotional connection to your every feeling.

As if that’s not enough already, pets are good for us to have around. They help lower blood pressure just by being in their presence. It’s remarkable if you stop and think about it for a moment. Some people might find it challenging to think of a person that makes them feel that calm.

If this tidbit of information doesn’t already have you wondering about more, try watching a ten-minute animal compilation on YouTube and see if that doesn’t get you laughing, smiling, and wondering maybe it’s time to get a family pet of your own.

1. Benefits of Having A Family Pet

If you never grew up with a pet, or it’s been a while since you’ve had a furry family member, there’s no better time than right now of being reminded of all the beautiful moments and memories a pet will bring to your family.

But, with all things in life, there must be a balance. So, whether you’re thinking of adopting a puppy, kitten, or perhaps you’re looking to give a senior pet a peaceful home, they’re a lot like toddlers in many ways. And often, they don’t out-grow those adorable, curious behaviors.

Pros

  • Patience
  • Compassion
  • Laughter
  • Trust
  • Responsibility

Cons

  • Toddlers for life
  • Healthcare is expensive, and there are no HMOs or PPOs insurance plans
  • They eat and play with things they shouldn’t
  • Pet-sitters are a must today

2. Great Family Pets

With 67% of all U. S. households with pets, dogs and cats hold the market in popularity for family pets.

Dogs

When it comes to choosing a good dog for your family, there’s a lot to consider. It’s often best for the family to make the decision together by starting with your needs, like a teacup, small, medium, large, and “super-sized.” Maybe Mom or Dad are not looking forward to managing the pet hair and dander—shed-friendly would be at the top of your list as a must-have.

Here are some things that list high on the pros and cons of owning a family dog.

Pros

  • Enjoyment and laughter
  • Comfort and security
  • Improved mental and physical health

Cons

  • Schedules matter for feeding and potty breaks
  • Added monthly expense: food and litter
  • Healthcare and dental care
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a joyful little creature that never seems to have a bad day. Possibly a result of the breed’s history with Britain’s Royal Family.

Pros

  • Happiness is abound
  • They love people and get along well with children and other animals
  • The fur is silky smooth and delightful to touch
  • Gentle and kind

Cons

  • Territorial
  • Prone to barking
  • The breed is known for several health issues
French Bulldog (or Frenchie)

The Frenchie is a beloved favorite in the U. S. today. The breed’s bat-like ears and compact body give them distinction from their cousins, the bulldog.

Pros

  • Alert and aware
  • Adapt to change well
  • Playful without being overly hyper

Cons

  • The dense build of the Frenchie makes the breed in-capable of swimming.
  • Overeating leads to obesity in the breed, so NO human food.
The Forever Favorite – The Mutt

The funny thing about mutts, or shelter pups, their personalities and quirks are unique to each of them. In many ways, there’s no denying their happiness for life and their reverence regarding their past—making them distinctly unique.

Pros

  • Devoted
  • Sociable
  • Sensitive
  • Often great with kids
  • Few health problems, but still, make regular annual vet visits.
  • Live Longer

Cons

  • Shedding is an unknown
  • No solid background

Cats

Sometimes cats get a bad reputation. But once videos began popping up all over the internet of funny things cats do there seemed to be a small hint of redemption for the furry funny little creatures.

Pros

  • Loving
  • Snuggly
  • Personable

Cons

  • Sharp nails
  • Anger issues
  • Indecisive
Abyssinian

These high energy charmers love life best while at play. Abyssinian energy demands a sibling or playmate—be it a dog or another cat breed.

Pros

  • Suitable for families with children over six years of age
  • Sociable with people
  • Curious to a fault
  • Affectionate

Cons

  • Curious to a fault, a strength can also dub as a weakness
  • High energy is not for the faint of heart
  • Cats can go just about anywhere
Ragdoll

As the name implies, Ragdolls are excellent with children, especially those kids who love picking up their furry-crew, carrying them from room to room.

Pros

  • Easily trained
  • Playful and docile all at the same time.
  • Snuggly

Cons

  • Vocal
  • Health problems can arise frequently
  • Heavy shedders
The Domestic Shorthair Cat

The Domestic Shorthair cat, often referred to as DSH, is an all-around family cat. DSH’s have almost a plushy-like fur that’s an absolute joy to feel and touch.

Pros

  • Power nappers
  • Playful and highly sociable
  • Snugglers with a mission

Cons

  • Nocturnal
  • Prone to common health problems for ant cat
  • Hairballs

3. Where to Get A Great Pet

There are many places you can find pets: the internet, pet shelters, humane societies, breeders, and pet stores. But future pet-parent beware of all that goes into adopting a new furry family member.

Adoptions

Adoption is an excellent option for new pet families. There are two types of shelters: non-profit and humane societies.

The common difference between the two isn’t pretty, but most of us understand humane societies are often not so compassionate. While non-profit animal shelters, like Best Friends, are often referred to as no-kill shelters or sanctuaries.

Pros

  • You save a life that would otherwise die needlessly
  • Being that pet’s forever home
  • Given to a good cause

Cons

  • Humane societies are notorious for killing needlessly

Breeders

The biggest takeaway, do your homework on every breeder you find. Irresponsible breeding often occurs when breeders look to achieve perfect features by in-breeding. 

Pros

  • Responsible breeders often lead to healthier litters
  • Good breeders generally only have one male and one female
  • A caring, compassionate breeder will thoroughly vet new pet-parents

Cons

  • Irresponsible breeding
  • Genetic and more health problems
  • Breeders look at their pets as income factories

Pet Stores

Puppies and kittens in pet stores generally come from puppy mills and cat mills.

You can also consider adopting from no-kill shelters and sanctuaries that fight every day to save a life from puppy mills or cat mills.

Pros

  • Save a life
  • You get to be the forever home
  • Unconditional love and devotion

Cons

  • Originate from puppy or cat mills
  • Often sick and need immediate medical attention
  • They May have worms and in need of urgent medical care

4. Know Your Budget

Adopting and caring for a pet is initially expensive. Here’s how I’ve broken the budget down below.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees can vary from the humane societies, non-profits animal shelters and sanctuaries, breeders, and pet stores. Here’s what you need to plan for financially on adoption day. Pet registration with your local humane society, that fee will vary depending upon where you live.

Consider having your new family member micro-chipped by the location that adopts them or by their vet.

Pet-gear

Your new fur-baby is going to need new things that belong to them. Here are a few of the top things you’ll need to pick up for your new fur-baby:

  • Pet bed
  • Toys
  • Bowls: one for food and one for water
  • Kennels, car carriers, or both
  • Leashes and harnesses

Pet Health

Budgeting for an annual veterinarian visit for shots and teeth cleanings are a must.

Here are a few more must-haves for your fur-baby:

  • Some fur-babies don’t have a lot of hair and need extra insulation—raincoats, winter coats, booties, and packs
  • Grooming yourself—pick up some brushes, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Plan on budgeting for monthly groomings

Monthly Expenses

Those monthly budgets are essential, too, so make sure you’ve built that into your monthly pet expenses.

  • Whether you adopt a dog or cat, perhaps both a dog and a cat, they need to eat and food for them is a monthly expense
  • If you decide on a cat, litter is a monthly expense

5. Pets and Your Child’s Immune System

Finnish based research, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2012, showed that under a multivariate analysis, children raised in a home with a dog were less at risk of getting sick than children that did not have a dog.

6. Furry Best-friend

Children have bad days, too, and need the emotional support of a friend. Who better than a furry best-friend to lick your face to put a smile back on a child’s face.

7. Your Child’s Self-esteem

There is evidence-based research; however, there is little understanding behind why, but children and adolescents with pet companions have better overall development. Research is ongoing.

8. Interacting With Pets Can Release Oxytocin

New research shows that when humans interact with their pets and others’ pets, there is a release of the hormone associated with bonding, called oxytocin.

9. Keeping Commitments

Fur-babies instill a sense of social responsibility in kids, to understand the value of keeping those commitments to themselves and others.

10. Can Tell Time

Have you ever noticed that your furry crew is tuned in to your daily schedule? That’s because they know they know when to expect you home every day—another big reason to keep those commitments.

11. Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is nothing new. But this kind of treatment continues to gain momentum. As recent as 2018, the National Institutes of Health partnered with Mars Corporation to fund ongoing research into animal interactions with autistic children and children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

12. Play Time Outside

91% of children with a family dog play in their backyard, then only 84% of children without a family pet. Those numbers grow further apart as children move to play outside the backyard, and even further if they walk their family pet.

13. Improved Cognitive Growth

Reading with Rover can help not only your child’s confidence but improve speed as well as beneficially alter your child’s behavior.

14. A Fearless Defender

A kid needs to have a furry-backup partner—someone who has their back as a fearless defender from threats.

15. Comfort and Cheering Up

We already know that animal interaction can help cognitive behaviors improve in children. And some research suggests that if a cat’s purr can help the animal heal faster, what effects can it have on sick people? Researchers already know owning a cat can lower your risk of heart disease.

16. Infinite Unconditional Love

What more is there to say? Unconditional love is hard to find these days in many people. So, there’s no arguing the point of sharing a household with a furry-family of your own.

Decision Day!

One thing is absolute, treat them with kindness, and you’ll have a new friend. Give them a forever home (safe, warm, and loving), and you’ll have their unconditional devoted love for life.

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