In my last article I discussed four benefits of owning a pet. And before calling a wrap, I told my readers that soon I’ll come up with four more benefits. Apologies for keeping them waiting. Here I am, finally, with four more benefits of having a pet at home:
Early detection of cancer
Pets are not as intelligent as we humans are. Nature has thus given them heightened sensory abilities to compensate for the lack of intelligence. Owning a pet means you can use its sensory abilities to detect things that are otherwise difficult to detect – such as cancer.
Don’t be. Scientific studies have confirmed that pets, especially dogs, rats and pigeons can detect cancer early on. How pets detect cancer is still a mystery. According to research done in this field, pets have natural abilities to detect health anomalies. Precancerous tumors do cause oddities, but such oddities like a cough or weight loss are not considered serious by doctors. Chiefly because they mimic normal health problems.
But pets can sense the growth of cancer cells inside the body. Oftentimes, their increased olfactory receptivity endows them with this ability. Dogs fall into this category. They have 25 times more olfactory receptors than humans, making their smelling ability 100000 times more powerful than us, humans. Dogs can smell microscopic traces of chemicals. The smell of the owner’s skin lesions or sweat can inform the dog whether he’s going to develop cancer later in life.
Rats are not as beloved as dogs are. Probably that’s why there haven’t been many studies on their abilities to detect cancer. Of the limited number of studies, some revealed rats can detect lung cancer and tuberculosis.
Pets make their owners feel safe. Dogs, wildcats, red foxes, ostrich birds and chimps can keep your home safe from burglars and petty thieves. I understand the ensemble looks a bit odd, barking dogs, but some people have a fetish for these animals. Worse, some even keep boa constrictors in their homes.
It’s beyond me what value does a reptile so big with zero aesthetic bring to their lives, but I am amazed, and you’ll be too – after knowing that there are 9.4 million pet reptiles in the US. That means more than a million US households keep these cold-blooded creatures in their homes as the pet.
Weird, I know. But there’s one upside of keeping such exotic (and dangerous) animals in the house. No burglar would have the gall to invade your home, because the last thing they want is getting crushed under the interior of a python or disembowelled by a set of razor-sharp canine tooth.
A lot depends on how you train the pet, though. If your training is top-notch, you can bottle up worries about your house being invaded by burglars. This is how you could save yourself a lot of money, which you’ve otherwise had to spend on latest home security systems.
Jack of all trades
Raising an animal can help you learn a lot of tricks and quick fixes. You may not have a degree in veterinary science, but you’ll soon gain enough knowledge in that subject for having to consult with a vet about your pet, every now and then.
In no time, you’ll become a jack of all trades. This, in my opinion, is a huge benefit of keeping a pet. Here are some additional skills – additional assuming you don’t possess these skills already:
- Knowledge of gadgetry: Looking after a pet requires a lot of manual work. So, pet owners use gadgets to cut the volume of manual work short. Using these gadgets makes them tech-savvy. They learn how to operate pet collars and Smartphone controlled automatic pet feeder machines and gain expertise in gadgetry in general.
- Knowledge in medicine: A typical pet owner often has to function as a stand-in for a vet, especially when his pet is having a seizure late at night and he realizes he doesn’t have enough time to call emergency. His readiness to have medicines handy for such moments teaches him a lot about medicines in general.
- Timberwork: Pet furniture are expensive. So, owners often have to build these themselves, from scratch. It’s not really bad if you think about the woodworking skills that DIY timberwork adds to your portfolio.
Handiwork reduces your dependence on others. Having a pet can make you learn so many additional skills that you turn into a handyman in no time.
Not everyone would agree that it’s a benefit. In fact, many would dismiss it calling it hogwash. But if anecdotal experiences are to be taken seriously, pets do feel “things” that humans don’t.
I am not soliciting superstition here, but countless scientific studies revealed that animals have brain structures, different from humans. Their senses can spot subtle changes in the environment – changes that are often related to mysterious energies. But unlike humans, they cannot rationalize their experiences and thus, what they perceive is never known.
Having a pet enables you to experiment with the unseen. Observe your pet – is it barking at the corner of the room, as though something/someone is there? Are the hairs on the back of its neck stand up? There’s a good chance some unexplained energy is there.
I bet you didn’t see any of these benefits coming as these are a bit outre for the common preference. But to a lot of people, these alleged benefits are more than enough reasons for keeping a pet in the house.