Benefits Of Companion Animals

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Anatole France once said, "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." Everyone who has ever become fond of an animal knows how much one small aspect of your life can impact so many things. I have a cat and I can honestly say I would not be the person I am today without her. Unlike human connections, communication is more difficult due to the fact that animals don't speak English; A simple glare or rub from an animal means a million times more to most than a well-constructed conversation between peers. Bonding with companion animals will benefit your overall wellness. According to ASPCA, a companion animal is a domestic animal that can safely interact with humans physically and emotionally (Definition of Companion). This means they have been known to work with humans without being a threat. Wild animals and hybrid mixes are not considered companion animals due to the fact that they could be dangerous (Species Specific). Common household pets like guinea pigs, fish, some reptiles, cats, dogs, and other mammals of a smaller size are examples of valid companion animals; Horses and other farm animals bred specifically to be a companion animal are also valid (Species Specific). Loneliness is an aspect of life everyone dreads feeling but cannot suppress. Lacking love or even just a friend can cause unimaginable ache and heaviness. Humans are social creatures so when they do not get the necessary interactions they feel empty in a sense. Companion
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