When adopting a new pet, you might consider adopting two. There are a number of reasons why having two pets might be better than one. Let’s take a look!
Pets need socialization just as much as people do – especially when they are puppies or kittens. Socializing with other pets is essential to their health and well-being. It teaches them how to interact with other animals and with people, and to do so with less stress and anxiety. If you have a solitary pet, you’ll need to look for ways to incorporate socialization whereas with two pets, they and you can create a social environment with ease.
Dogs and cats don’t just benefit from their companionship with you but from each other as well. Companionship reduces boredom and boredom-related behavior issues. Plus it’s extra companionship for you if one of your pets is off doing their own thing, you still have another to snuggle with. Having a companion also helps prevent or reduce separation anxiety in your pets when you go away.
Reduced Allergies in Kids
According to the National Institutes of Health, children growing up around multiple pets are less likely to develop allergic reactions. The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that children living in multi-pet households were less likely to have allergies to animals, grasses, dust mites and ragweed.
Better Health and Mood for You
Having pets reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, lowers your risk for strokes and heart attacks. Pets are just straight up good for your health and this effect is compounded when there are multiple pets.
Enhanced Development in Kids
Having pets, especially multiple pets, teaches kids responsibility, promotes emotional development, enhances empathy, encourages a nurturing instinct and enhances family bonds.
There are all kinds of reasons why multiple pets are better than one. And they don’t have to be both dogs or both cats. A mix of dogs and cats is great too and many pets are enriched by their relationships with other species. Just be sure to take time and care when introducing new pets to the household to help everyone adjust as smoothly as possible.