Pet ownership is a journey.
If you already have a pet, or if you’re planning to embark on the journey of pet ownership, we urge you to read up on what it means to be a responsible cat and dog owner and sidekick. With a little information and preparation, your relationship with your pet can be rewarding for both of you.
How to benefit from this site
At Mars Petcare(opens in new tab), we’ve been striving to improve pets’ well-being and to better understand human-animal relationships for the past fifty years. This is why we’ve put together your go-to resource for all you need to know about being a responsible pet parent. Whether you currently have a pet or are thinking of adopting a dog or a cat, you’ll find quick tips on how to choose and care for your pet at any stage—from a rambunctious youngster to a beloved old friend. If you already have pets, we hope this site will teach you new ways to be a best friend to your best friend.
Seven things every (potential) pet owner should know
1. Having a furry companion may be linked to better overall heart health(PDF, 6.5 MB).
2. Dogs may help prevent loneliness and isolation, supporting mental wellness.
3. Older homebound adults who own cats or dogs have been shown to be better at paying attention, remembering details, and learning from past experiences than those who don’t own pets.
4. Dogs help kids deal with stress, be more self-confident, and understand responsibility: when kids help walk, bathe, and feed the dog, they learn how to take care of another living creature.
5. Dog owners who form attachments to their pets may also feel strongly connected(PDF, 1.1 MB) to their environment and community, making them more comfortable with where they are and who they are.
6. Early pet exposure may protect against not only pet allergies but also other common allergies, such as allergies(PDF, 25.7 MB) to dust mites, ragweed, and grass.
7. Pets can be the best medicine: people who use pet therapy while recovering from surgery may need significantly less pain medicine than those who do not.