Studies show that cats and dogs reduce stress and anxiety in humans, alleviate loneliness, encourage exercise and fun, and even support protecting their owners’ heart health. The presence of animals also makes people feel much safer, helping them stay mentally and physically fit. Associated with the feeling of friendship which adds value, animals become indispensable to humans through the happiness and unconditional love they provide. Based on these realities, Royal Canin Turkey presents striking figures on March 20 World Happiness Day to highlight the value created by human-animal friendship and positive interaction.
PETS HAVE BEEN A SOURCE OF HOPE DURING THE PANDEMIC
According to data from the ‘Pets in Pandemic’ report, at least three-quarters of pet owners said their pets provided them with companionship during the Covid-19 pandemic by 86%, reduced stress and pain. 78% anxiety, 75% boredom. percent and depression 74%, and instilled hope accounts for 69%.
Figures reveal that 1 in 3 pet owners globally have adopted a new pet during the pandemic. 36% of pet owners say they adopt a pet to prevent or alleviate negative feelings caused by loneliness, while 58% say they adopt a pet as a friend.
According to joint research conducted by the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and Mars Petcare; 85% of people said interacting with pets helped them reduce their loneliness; 76% of them believe that these interactions support them during the process of social isolation. Studies show that pet owners are less likely to be depressed than those who don’t. Additionally, playing with a dog or cat can increase serotonin and dopamine levels creating a calming effect, which makes people happy.
REDUCE STRESS AND FEELINGS OF LONELINESS
Speaking on the subject, psychologist Dr. Feyza Bayraktar said, “95% of pet owners consider their pets to be members of their family. It’s a great perspective that shows the value of our animals to us. Cats and dogs have been a source of hope and happiness for their owners, especially during a time when we needed to be as isolated as possible from the outside world, such as the pandemic. They have a very different world from ours; all different and unique. When these differences are reflected in the friendship between us, we share many moments that will make us smile. In addition, the presence of our pets makes us more active in our daily routine, which is very beneficial for physical and mental health. We are able to better manage emotions such as anxiety and boredom with the activities we do to meet the demands of both the happiness they bring us and the responsible ownership of animals. It’s a fact that pets reduce stress and feelings of loneliness. During the pandemic, many people have extended 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. noted.
WE ARE HEALTHIER AND HAPPY WITH ANIMALS
Long-term friendships with cats and dogs with a sense of responsibility help pet owners deal with anxiety, stress, and loneliness. So much so that 6 out of 10 pet owners say they laugh and enjoy life a lot more when they are with their pets.
According to the study conducted by the Human-Animal Bonding Research Institute (HABRI); Pet owners have to go to the doctor less often than non-owners. Owners of animals over 65, on the other hand, consult the doctor 30% less often than others. In children, human-animal friendship particularly supports processes such as supporting self-confidence and social skills, and reinforcing learning by motivating good behaviors.
On the other hand, pets also play a very important role in supporting healthy lifestyles such as physical activity and weight management. Having a pet also makes a significant difference in heart attack survival rates.
In this context, cats and dogs reduce potential health risks by helping to support physical activity with their exercise needs and desire to play. Heart patients who have pets survive longer than those who don’t, and they also have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Studies show that those who walk their dog five or more times a week have lower rates of obesity.