All parents go through a phase where your children continuously pester you about getting a pet. They might want a puppy, a kitten, a hamster – anything! Their heart is set on it, and you have to at least entertain the idea. Your initial response is to say no. A pet is too much work, they cost too much money, and you’re concerned your kids will go off them. But what are the advantages of bringing a pet into your home? Believe it or not, but your house could see a few impressive benefits…
Makes your house feel like a home
There’s no denying that a pet will make your house feel more like home. There’s something about the presence of a pet that makes your home seem more cozy and comfortable. It’s like an extra member of your family, and the house never feels empty when they’re around. This is especially the case with pets like cats or dogs. They’re always around, they come when you call them, and it helps to create a homely atmosphere. So, if you’re struggling to settle into a new place, then a pet can help the whole family grow more attached to your home.
Can prevent a lot of pest problems
Cats are particularly good at keeping pests at bay. You won’t have to worry about mice or rats crawling into your house and scratching away at your walls. They won’t come near your property if you have a pet keeping guard! Without a pet, you’ll be ringing up a pest control service more times than you’d expect. There are so many little critters that love to explore your home without your permission. It’s almost impossible to keep them away, even if you’ve got rid of them before. But, pets do an excellent job of warding off unwanted visitors and protecting your home from the damage they can cause.
Add an extra layer of security
On a similar note, pets are excellent at making your home more secure. They’re almost like having a small security guard in the house. It’s really hard for intruders to enter your home without a pet alerting you to their presence. This is particularly true of dogs. Dogs are naturally very protective, and they pick up on the slightest of sounds. So, if you live in an area that experiences a lot of break-ins, then bringing a dog into your home can help you keep everyone safe. You also have an excuse to use one of those ‘beware of the dog’ signs to keep people away (even if your dog is harmless, the intruders won’t know it!).
The next time your child pesters you about getting a pet, it’s worth thinking about these three things. Contrary to your initial thoughts, a pet could actually be beneficial in your home. We haven’t even discussed the idea of pets helping your children and improving everyone’s moods! When you take everything into account it may surprise you how much your home life is improved by having a pet.