According to a 2015 Harris Poll, 95 percent of owners think of their animal as a member of the family. About half of those owners, buy their pet a birthday present.
Well, I can honestly say that I’m one of them. When my three children were growing up, they decided to have a birthday party for the family cat. I let them send out invitations believing that no one was going to show up. Well, I was wrong! From that day on, instead of having a party to celebrate our pet’s birthday, we buy a special gift and sing happy birthday.
Currently, we have two cats, Goku and Patches. Patches was born April 1st, while Goku was born on May 4th. Each gets a unique gift on their birthday.
People, who have a pet tend to have lower blood pressure, heart rate and heart-disease risk than those who don’t. Scientists are doing further research to prove that animals can also help improve mental health, even for those having challenging behaviors.
The rise of animal therapy has shown that social support, a proven antidote to anxiety and loneliness, can come on four legs, not just two. Animals of many types can help calm stress, fear, and anxiety in young children, the elderly, and everyone in between.
So, if you don’t have a pet, perhaps you’ll change your mind. Check out the video below to learn more: