I have had the pleasure of having many pets in my lifetime (guinea pig, rabbit, birds, a dog and now a cat) and each has been an valued and important member of the family. Animals have so much love to give and so much to teach us about how to live.
Here are some of the reasons why I like animals more than most people;
1. They don’t hold grudges
One of the best things about animals is that they don’t hold a grudge. If you accidentally step on my cat’s tail, she will not hold it against you and make you pay by spreading gossip to all the other cats in the neighborhood. Oh the bliss of not being consumed by thoughts as we humans are! Give my cat half an hour and she won’t even remember you stood on her tail. She will accept with relish the treats, belly rub, or brushing session you offer (all key ways to my cat’s heart!) and you’re BFFs again.
2. They love unconditionally
Animals love us unconditionally. They love us whether we are successful or not, attractive or ugly, talented or untalented, intelligent or thick as a plank, wealthy or poor. And they love us for the simple things. For grooming them. For feeding them. For letting them snuggle up with us. For having a fun play wrestle (my cat Lottie loves these). For just spending time with them.
Unlike society, animals do not judge us based on our physical attributes, bank statement and achievements.
3. They are so darn cute!
I don’t know about you but I think my pet is the cutest cat ever. Whenever I look at her, my heart melts a little bit more. They know exactly how to pull at our heartstrings!
4. They are easy to keep happy
Unlike humans, who are undoubtedly the most complex creatures on earth, animals are easy to make happy. My cat has very few wants. The simple things make her happy like watching a bird out the window and making funny chattering sounds at it, being brushed and brushed and then brushed some more. These simple things make her happy. I think animals have a lot to teach us humans about happiness and life. It is the simple things that make us truly happy.
5. They make us happy
There are few things that make me happier than hugging my cat when I get home. Research suggests that patting our pets triggers the release of hormones that make us happier. Even just a few minutes of stroking our pet cat or dog prompts the release of ‘feel good’ hormones in us, including prolactin, oxytocin and serotonin. This means that spending time with our pets can help those with depression and stress-related disorders.
These are just a few of my reasons. What are yours? What do you love about animals?