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A pet may be one of the best things to have if you want to stay fit and healthy, according to research. That's because stress can be significantly reduced by having a furry (or not so furry) friend in the home – cats, dogs, hamsters and even lizards could create a sense of calm that is unrivalled by modern medicine. In turn, people are looking for dog or cat insurance in the UK to return the favour and protect their pet, too.
According to Rebecca Johnson, an expert leading a study at the University of Missouri, there is now a raft of new evidence that underlines the positive impact pets can have on our lives. She attributed, among others, pet-owning benefits such as lower blood pressure, a greater encouragement for exercise as well as improved psychological health.
However, it was all a matter of balance – the scientist was also keen to highlight that a number of pet diseases can be transmitted to humans without proper care and cleanliness, so pay attention to your animal's state of health and you could save both yourself and your insurance premium!
It's not just the Minnesotan institute that's picking up on the good vibes gained from pets in the home. Dr Lynette Hart, an associate professor at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, noted that older people with degenerative health disorders were also benefiting from pets, especially cats.
She explained: "Studies have shown that Alzheimer's [disease] patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home. Their caregivers also feel less burdened when there is a pet, particularly if it is a cat, which generally requires less care than a dog."
So, if you want to improve your quality of life, consider what a pet can do for you – so long as you have the budget and time to care for it, you may lead a much happier life.