Why Small Animals Make Great Pets

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Many people love animals and would absolutely adore having a pet of their own, but they may not have the time, space or ability to own a cat or dog. Allergies are a common reason why people put off pet ownership, but there's no need to leave your home empty just because you can't have a puppy or kitten!

You can love the most popular four-legged companions from afar while enjoying a wonderful, rewarding friendship with your own small pet. Guinea pigs, bunny rabbits, rats, mice, ferrets, chinchillas and more small critters make wonderful additions to a family.

Here are just a few reasons why you might want to consider getting a small animal for your home!

Pets Are Good for Your Mental Health

Fuzzy or scaly, hard-shelled or a ball of fluff, science has proven that pet ownership is better for your brain. If you struggle with anxiety and depression, owning a pet can help improve your mood and reduce stress.

One study found that adults who stroked a rabbit or turtle experience less anxiety than adults who pet a toy form of each animal.

Small Animals are Easier to Care For

If you do not have a lot of space, small pets are much easier to care for and less demanding than larger pets. Even just the presence of an animal in your home can make you happier.

Older adults in particular, who often wrestle with physical and emotional pain, find that pet ownership helps reduce their symptoms and live happier lives.

A Greater Sense of Purpose

Caring for a living creature can imbue your life with a sense of purpose. A small companion can make you feel accepted and appreciated. Pets can also help us socialize with others more; when you have an animal at home or out and about, you automatically have something to discuss and show off to others.

If you feel alone or struggle to form relationships, small animals offer love and unconditional support. You can always rely on them to be there when you get home from a hard day.

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