Studies show that cats and dogs reduce stress and anxiety in humans, alleviate loneliness, encourage exercise and fun, and even support the protection of their owners’ heart health. The presence of animals also makes people feel much safer, helping them to stay mentally and physically fit. Animals become indispensable for humans with the happiness and unconditional love they provide when combined with a sense of friendship that adds value. This is the reality of the road to the Royal Canin Turkey, March 20 World Happiness Day, to highlight the value created by the human-animal friendships and positive interactions to reveal striking figures.
PETS BECOME THE SOURCE OF HOPE DURING THE PANDEM
According to the data of the “Pets in the Pandemic” report, at least three-quarters of the pet owners stated that their pets were friends with them during the Kovid-19 pandemic, 86%, 78% stress and anxiety, 75% boredom and 74% depression. it expresses 69 percent.
The figures reveal that 1 in 3 pet owners in the world adopt a new pet during the pandemic process. 36 percent of the animal owners state that they adopt an animal in order to prevent or alleviate the negative feelings caused by loneliness, and 58 percent to be friends with them.
According to the joint research conducted by the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and Mars Petcare; 85 percent of people found that interaction with pets helped them reduce loneliness; 76 percent think that these interactions support them in the social isolation process. Studies show that pet owners are less likely to develop depression compared to those who don’t have pets. Also, playing with a dog or cat can increase serotonin and dopamine levels by creating a calming effect, which makes people happy.
REDUCES STRESS AND LONELINESS
Speaking on the subject, Psychologist Dr. Feyza Bayraktar said, “95 percent of animal owners see their animals as members of their families. This is a great perspective that demonstrates the value of our animals to us. Cats and dogs have become a source of hope and happiness for their owners, especially in times of pandemic when we have to be as isolated as possible with the outside world. They have a very different world than ours; they are all different and unique from each other. When these differences are reflected in the friendly relationship between us, we share many moments that will make us smile. In addition, the presence of our pets causes us to be more active in our daily routine, which is very beneficial for both body and mental health. We can better manage emotions such as anxiety and boredom with the activities we do to fulfill the requirements of both the happiness they provide us and responsible animal ownership. It is also true that pets reduce stress and loneliness. During the pandemic, many people expanded their family with a pet. In this context, pets can provide people with the kind of social support that can help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. ” said.
WE ARE HEALTHIER AND HAPPY WITH ANIMALS
Long-term friendships with cats and dogs with a sense of responsibility help pet owners to cope with anxiety, stress and loneliness. So much so that 6 out of 10 animal owners state that they laugh much more and enjoy life during their time with their animals.
According to the study conducted by the Human-Animal Connection Research Institute (HABRI); Pet owners are less likely to see a doctor than those who do not own a pet. Pet owners over the age of 65 visit a doctor 30 percent less often than non-owners. In children, human-animal friendship supports processes such as supporting self-confidence and social skills, and reinforcing learning by motivating good behavior.
On the other hand, pets play a very important role in supporting healthy lifestyles such as physical activity and weight management. Owning a pet also makes a significant difference in heart attack survival rate.
In this context, cats and dogs help support physical activity with their exercise needs and their willingness to play, reducing potential health risks. Heart patients with pets survive longer than non-pets, and also have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Studies show that those who walk with their dog five or more times a week have lower rates of obesity.