Many couples in developed countries are opting not to have children, having turned to pets to fill out their families. Here are 6 pros and cons of having pets vs. having children vs. children and pets!
Carry on your legacy: Most people don’t want all the wisdom and life hacks they have learned throughout their years to just vapor away when their time comes. When you have kids all the great wonders of knowledge stored in your brain and heart can be passed down to the next generations to help create a better future.
Love: When you end up holding a little baby or seeing your adoptive kid, most women and men feel an instant rush of love for their child. It is someone they can love, hold, take care of, and help them grow into the fabulous humans they are meant to be. You feel like you would risk your life to save theirs and will forever love and cherish them because they’re your kids.
Repopulate: You can help to repopulate the Earth and fill it with better people with big hopes and dreams to make the world a better place while spreading love. The more people there are, the more people there are to take care of the planet and all its wonders. That also means there are more human minds to find different ways of thinking and figuring out how to solve really big problems like curing cancer. Some mothers and fathers say there is nothing better than bringing life to Earth.
Goodnight hugs and kisses: It is one of the cutest things when your little nugget gives you a hug and kiss goodnight or just for fun when they feel like it. When their little arms wrap around your neck, you feel an endless rush of love and happiness and is absolutely adorable!
Entertaining: You will NEVER be bored, that’s for sure! Kids are very entertaining and always put on a show. Though some may be loud and not fun, it is still something. They not only say the funniest things ever! But they also say the cutest! Who needs to pay for professional entertainment when you can have a whole show put on for you in your very own living room? Front row seats all the way!
Reduce stress: Studies have shown that by petting, and only petting your dog can decrease your heart rate and blood pressure which helps to reduce stress! Just by simply petting your dog helps calm you down and makes you feel better! Also giving you dog, cat, horse, or whatever pet you have a good ol’ hug (if possible) helps reduce stress and makes you happier. Now don’t go trying to hug your pet fish because that will be very difficult and could end with tears… but all the pets you can easily hug!
Prevent loneliness: Your pet will always be there for you! They don’t have a car and will one day go off to college and get married and live far away. They are always right by your side!
Help you make friends: If you are just strolling along on a walk or at the dog park, chances are someone will stop and ask to pet your dog which can often lead to more conversations. And to all those dog lovers out there, you now have a common factor with someone you just met and now have something you can talk about to break the ice! For the group of cat lovers, y'all will be able to talk about your cats and love for them and have a high chance of making a new best friend! Having a pet actually helps to reduce social isolation and leads to many more conversations and social connections!
Having a routine: Having a pet can bring structure and purpose to your daily life by having a specific routine with your pet. They help get you out of bed, and may have specific times when they need fed.
Always unconditional love: No matter what, your pet will always love you unconditionally! If you’re having a bad hair day or say something you regret or are just having a bad and salty day, your pet will STILL love you with all their little hearts!
Protection: A dog can always be of use for protection and a security system. Though your dog may only weigh 7 pounds, if they hear something and are barking loud, any potential break ins most likely won’t happen because the burglar won’t want to deal with a big dog. They don’t know how big or small they are when they hear a bark.
Responsibility: Feeding, caring, walking, and picking up after a pet will help to teach kids about responsibility and taking care of another life.
Health: Kids are less likely to develop asthma and allergies when growing up with pets and dogs. They also help reduce blood pressure and stress!
More active: The kids go outside more too! They take the pets for walks, runs, and plays with them which helps them be more active!
Encourages learning: It has often been found that kids that grow up with pets will often read to their pets, shows them pictures, and will stop to ask for questions. They even make sure they are feeling safe if a scary part comes up! If your child also has trouble with public speaking, a pet is a great companion to practice on!
Reduces anxiety: No matter what happens throughout the day, children with pets and more chill and relaxed knowing they have their very own best friend to come home to that will give them big slobbery kisses and comfort them! Many kids turn to pets for emotional support and will be less anxious and withdrawn than those who don’t have pets.
They can be best friends: The bond between a kid and their pet in absolutely forever lasting and unconditional! It is irreplaceable and the cutest thing ever! It really helps teach kids love and compassion for another living creature.
If it were up to me, every kid that has asked for a puppy, kitty, fish, snake, horse, or any other type of pet would get it! There are definitely many pros to having kids, pets, and having both kids and pets. But you also have to evaluate where your life is at and where you want it to go to make the decision to have kids and or pets! No matter what the choice is, exert love uncontrollably to these adorable and beautiful children and animals!