Having a pet during a pandemic can help fight boredom and loneliness.
For some people, raising and caring for household pets such as cats, dogs, and fish is a fun thing.
Not only is it fun, having a pet is also able to get rid of loneliness, especially in a pandemic like this.
Launching from the National Geographic page, from March to September 2020 there has been an increase in the number of animals kept in the United States by eight percent.
Indirectly, this pandemic also affects interactions between pets and caregivers.
In fact, based on the results of research at the University of York, nearly 90 percent of pet owners reveal that their pets help them deal with emotional problems.
Apart from that, pets have also helped them in coping with their mental health and feelings of loneliness during the pandemic.
Another study conducted by PDSA revealed that 84 percent of pet owners stated having a pet has a positive impact on their mental health. “Pets can be very calming when we experience periods of anxiety and are at their lowest, and most importantly for those who are prone to feeling lonely,” said Joanne Wright, veterinarian nurse in England, quoted from the page The Independent.
Pets can also provide comfort when their owners are feeling sad or depressed. Having a pet cannot replace social interactions with other people, but its presence can help fill that gap.
Not only is it beneficial for mental health, quoting the Sharp website, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) having pets is also beneficial for health, such as:
– Lowering blood pressure
– Lowering cholesterol levels
– Lowering triglycerides, a type of fat in the body
– Provides opportunities for sports and outdoor activities
Although experts say that the virus that is currently spreading cannot be transmitted to animals, those who have pets still have to provide extra care during a pandemic.