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10 Reasons to Own a Pet

Blog_monday11-300x250May is National Pet Month, and here at 21st Century Pet we believe that people should celebrate the many wonderful things about pets each and every month – if not each day – of the year. The truth is, we usually talk mostly about dogs and cats on this blog, but there are hundreds of different pets out there and we appreciate all of them!

We love rabbits, hamsters, fish, and so many more endearing creatures that make us smile and show us how to love and how to be loved all of the time. This blog post is dedicated to all of the amazing pets that make our lives whole. Thank you and Happy National Pet Month!

To help show our appreciation, we’ve come up with a list of 10 reasons to own a pet of any kind. Do you have a few more reasons to add? Join in the conversation by posting to our Facebook page here: We’d love to hear from you. Better yet, we’d love to see a picture of the pet in your life!

10 reasons to own a pet (or two or three):

  1. They will make you smile. Your pets might also sometimes make you frown, but smiles are much more frequent and enjoyable. Trust us on this one.
  2. Pets are conversation starters. Have you ever been to someone’s house and there’s that one dog that snores incredibly loud or the cat that is permanently attached to your lap? Now, that’s a conversation starter!
  3. They teach us about responsibilities. Most pets won’t feed or pick up after themselves. Pets are a great way to start learning about taking care of someone other than yourself.
  4. They will love you unconditionally. The love of a pet is a beautiful one. Have you ever had a good hard cry, only to find that your amazing dog was sitting right next to you offering his empathy? A pet’s love is a powerful thing.
  5. Pets can help you get out and about. A lot of pets require exercise. That means you might just have to jump up and join in the fun! Pets can be a great way to stay in shape.
  6. Some pets offer protection. There’s nothing like having a “guard” dog at home when you’re alone. There is a sense of safety that comes with knowing that when someone comes to the door, they will be greeted with a loud barking (protective) dog.
  7. You’ll always have someone to talk to. Just because your pet doesn’t talk back, doesn’t mean they aren’t listening. Sometimes the best listener is a furry friend. Give it a try some time. It really is a great way to vent.
  8. Pets can offer hours of entertainment. Whether your pet lives in a cage or has free roam of your house, a pet can offer many forms of entertainment. Have you ever sat in front of a fish tank and watched these beautiful creatures swim around? Some say this is incredibly entertaining and relaxing at the same time.
  9. Pets are said to reduce stress. There are many reports and studies that find that pets offer true stress relief. There are several types of therapy pets in which their actual job is to sense stress or to help those that are depressed. Pets are amazing creatures!
  10. They are just plain loveable! Pets are incredible. No matter what type of pet you own or love, they sure can be the most lovable creatures on the planet! Pets offer so much to us humans and we should take many moments to show our appreciation.

Thank you for being a pet owner! Happy National Pet Month!



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