The Puppy / Kitten Medicine When the best cure is a four-legged friend.
Last month we looked at the puppy/kitten blues, which delved into the dark side of new pet ownership: the initial feelings of worry and regret. If you haven’t read it yet, spoiler alert, there was a happy ending to it. That happy ending is the light at the end of the tunnel, where the blues disappear, all the positive colours and emotions take over, and getting a new puppy/kitten is the best thing in the world. This article is all about that light.
We reached out to a number of different communities of pet owners and got some heartfelt first-hand stories of how their pets have had a positive impact on their lives. Stories where pets have helped with feelings of happiness, mental health issues, meeting new people, and their contagious nature, where the owners have learnt to be more compassionate and empathetic themselves.
Even the simplest gesture from a pet, like cuddling up or asking for a walk, can have a beautiful impact on mental health.
And, despite the life-changing commitment owning a puppy or kitten involves, we believe you’d struggle to find an owner who doesn’t say it’s worth it.
Their wagging tails and loud purring are enough to remind us to go easy on ourselves, to not get overwhelmed by what's going on in the world, and, for some people, a great grounding for when worries and anxieties try and take over.
When it comes to feelings of loneliness, cats and dogs are second to none at helping reduce and remove this and replace it with feelings of contentedness and safety - and we’re not just talking about the safety a big strong guard dog provides.
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By having pets in our lives, without evening knowing it they can add an extra sense of purpose to our lives. Having this innocent little creature entirely dependent on us for food and warmth and survival, in turn creates a sense of duty.
Having a pet depend on us teaches us a beautiful lesson in empathy. Having to change lifestyles and make decisions one wouldn’t normally make is a selflessness some might not have had to commit to before.
On top of this, having your best friend by your side can build confidence - some feel supported by their presence and others enjoy the distraction it provides.
This is just a small insight into the magical qualities pets possess, we know there are a lot more like these out there and we always love hearing them. So please feel free to share your stories whenever you please - we’re all ears! You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Waggel members can join our Waggel Pets Community Group on Facebook. The group is full of empathetic pet loving pet owners, as well as Waggel team members who love talking about all things cats and dogs. So if you want to surround yourself with likeminded people or even share your story - get involved and join us!