Pets

"Pets" is a general term used to describe one or a large group of animals that can be, or have been, domesticated by a human for companionship or personal enjoyment. Pets are normally picked on the basis of their looks or the kind of reaction they have to the love you shower on them. That is the reason why animals like dogs and cats are quite common in households.

A major distinction between pets and other domestic animals is that the term is only used to describe those animals that are being kept for the purpose of pleasure. If you have a cow at home or on your farm, and you milk it every day or use it to pull a cart or a plough, then it's not a pet. Horses that race or track-running greyhounds aren't pets either! For an animal to be a pet, it needs to be completely for a non-working relationship.

Now, in most cases that might be impossible because even dogs protect you and your home in exchange for the love and attention that you give to them. Cats keep your home free of rodents even though you don't really ask them to. However, these are things that we tend to overlook, when labelling animals as pets or otherwise, because they are the natural instincts of these animals and nothing to do with the way we are training or treating them. They would display these traits even if they were out there in the wild.

The Most Popular Pets

All over the world, a number of different species of animals, birds and fish have been kept as pets. While the specific trends can probably not be known, we have a strong idea of what people prefer thanks to regular surveys and veterinary records from across the world. Dogs and cats are constantly fighting the battle to become the top pet on the planet and in countries like the United States of America and Canada, cats are known to trump dogs by a massive number.

Across the world, though, dogs and cats have an up-down relationship in terms of numbers while fish and birds generally fight for third and fourth place. Small mammals and rodents like hamsters, guinea pigs, squirrels and rabbits usually share a fourth place with birds or are steady in fifth. Reptiles follow those small animals closely with the likes of iguanas and snakes being the most popular, as pets, amongst them. Finally, you come to the least of the most popular pets which includes equine animals like horses, cows and goats. The low popularity of these may be, more so, due to laws that prevent people from keeping them within the city as well as the large space requirements that might be unavailable to most people.

Benefits for Humans

First, let us clarify that we are talking strictly about pets here, and not working animals or Seeing Eye dogs and so on. As a result, the benefits we are referring to aren't the kinds that come from getting the animals to work for us. Instead, they are the kind of benefits that we get from just having them as part of our lives. Pets have been known to induce reactions from their owners that other things have failed at.

Pets give people, especially the elderly, a sense of purpose and that gives them something to care about and walk around, for exercise, with. It helps them get over psychologically traumatic experiences while also helping them overcome physical ailments. People with low blood pressure or stress have found that having pets, even fish, around is a nice way to help the mind and body relax. In a simple study conducted by scientists in the UK, they observed people suffering from heart conditions in two separate study groups - one with pets and one without.

Out of the 92 people in the entire group, 29 didn't have pets while the remaining 52 did. 11 of the 29 people died of their serious heart ailments within a single year, while only 3 out of the 52, suffering from similar ailments, passed away. Doctors are known to recommend pets to patients who are suffering from long-term diseases, to those living in nursing homes or to those who are living alone and without any other form of support or companionship.

For young children, pets are a fantastic way to learn life's lessons gradually and slowly. The concept of taking care of an animal and carrying out certain duties just so that they can enjoy those privileges of spending time and playing with those animals is a fantastic way of introducing them to the concept of privileges and duties in real life. They become responsible for their own actions and cannot go through a day without paying attention to the things that demand attention.

There are many voids in our lives that can be filled in with the inclusion of pets in our world. These creatures are not there to make our lives better but when they are given love & attention, they cannot help but reciprocate those feelings. In the end, humans always end up getting more benefits out of this concept because of the kind of impact pets have on our lives. Enrich your own life and treat your family, and yourself, to the brilliant life that comes with having pets around the house.

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