Having a pet might seem like a simple everyday fact, but having an animal companion comes with many benefits. From energetic dogs that encourage you to get outside to cuddly cats that totally get the value of a cozy day in, there’s a pet to match your energy and needs and bring out your best day-to-day.


A pet is constant company whether you have a dog, cat, guinea pig, turtle, or fish. Having your pet near while you do homework or dance around your room can make your day feel fulfilled. Animals are great for emotional support. So if you struggle with anxiety or stress, a pet can help you relieve those feelings.

Exercise and Productivity 

Depending on the type of pet you have, animal companions can provide opportunities for getting more exercise. Dogs are the perfect partners for walks, runs, bike rides, and hikes. Cats are up for more leisurely outdoor time like walks around the yard or sitting outside for fresh air.

This motivation to get moving is just one way your pet can help you get things done. Sitting outside with your cat could lead to relaxing and reading that book that’s been sitting on your TBR. A run with your dog could get your mind prepped to write that essay. Sometimes just having their company can encourage you to be your best self.


Pets offer a great chance to be responsible for something other than yourself. You have to feed them, give them attention, walk them (depending on the pet), and provide them enrichment. You have to ensure that all their needs are being met and they are being well taken care of. This can be hard sometimes, but it is also a great way to learn responsibility and how to take care of/pick up after another living thing.

Your ideal pet depends on your lifestyle and goals, but no matter the creature, a pet can show you the undeniable bond that can come from having something to love and care for.

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Trina Hannah is a graphic design major and dancer at Siena Heights University. She loves all things creative including photography, painting, and writing. Trina has a passion for helping other young women build up their self esteem and chase their dreams all while making a positive impact.