Indeed, results found that 36% of dog owners report being ‘very happy’ compared to only 18% of cat owners. Now of course, owning a dog may not be the only factor making people’s lives enjoyable. For instance, the survey also found that dog owners are more likely to be married and own homes, which are both factors that weigh into total life satisfaction.
Therapist and sports coach, dogs can do it all
You must admit having a dog involves some benefits that having a cat does not necessarily provide. For instance, a recent OnePoll study found that dog owners walk on average 870 miles a year. This not only revealed that dog owners tend to be fitter than cat owners, but also that they have higher levels of mental health and lower stress levels.
The same study also showed that dog owners believed their pet had made them more sociable, since dog-loving strangers often strike up a conversation with them.
Can’t get a dog? Definitely get a cat
In reality, having a pet, any pet, is still better for you than having no pet at all. A survey conducted last year showed that pet owners are more likely to be satisfied in their jobs and also feel less lonely than people who owned no pets.
People who own pets also have better cardiovascular health and lower blood pressure than non-pet owners. Spending some quality time with a beloved pet has also shown lower levels of depression.
Psychologist Corinne Sweet says, “Having a close bond with a domestic animal can boost ‘feel good’ biochemical such as endorphins and oxytocin; which can make owners feel more relaxed, calmer, and happier at home.”
We think the results of these varying studies are pretty clear: if your house isn’t covered in fur or resounding with the pitter-patter of little paws on the floor, you’re doing something wrong!