Pets and Mental Health
It's known that caring for our critters can be fantastic companions and are often used in mental health settings. I am the mama of a cat, and a bearded dragon (photo attached), and no matter how horrible a day has been, they always make me smile. Pets give our lives some stability, a sense of purpose, and they're just cute. People often ask how I afford to care for them as a student and my answer is always that I can't afford not to. I've lived without pets and it was so dull and empty in my apartment, I ended up super depressed. If you're thinking about getting a pet, do have some savings set aside for veterinary emergencies, and ALWAYS do research before deciding on which you want. Dogs, rabbits, birds, and turtles are extremely high maintenance; dogs and rabbits need a significant amount of exercise. Birds need a lot of interaction, variable food and a lot of time outside their cage (yes, even parakeets). Turtles need proper lighting, interaction and clean water, those are not small factors.
Some low maintenance pets would be:
- Betta fish
- Some reptiles, but they do vary so do some research. Tortoises are easy if you can find one, but they live an extremely long time.
The most common misconceptions were about fish, I could (and possibly will) write a complete post about this. Fish are living creatures, not ornaments, rabbits and guinea pigs, can't just be in their cage all the time, dogs need to get out, cats need proper food and a clean litter box, hamsters are not usually snuggle partners. Do research! I will do my best to put out care guides but it will take some time.
Happy critter cuddles!