Pets and Health

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  • Human friends make people live longer. Pets do not make a person live longer. Not eating pets does make you live longer. More research is needed on pets and longevity. [1]
  • Facts and myths about pets - [2]
  • Psychology Today -Having pets doesn't influence loneliness - [3]
  • PubMed - pets do not influence loneliness in single people- [4]
  • American Pssychological Association - pets help loneliness - [5]

Are Pets a Positive Substitute for Human Relationships?

  • There is some evidence that people who score high on pet attachment indices have fewer social networks (Stallones, Marx, Garrity, & Johnson, 1990) and more prevalent negative life events, such as bereavement (N]ynke, 1990, as cited in Brown & Katcher, 1997). Another study found that cats appear to be an additional source of emotional support, especially for those participants who are strongly attached to their animals (Stammbach & Turner, 1999). According to Melson (2003) many pet-owning children derive emotional support from their pet because of the lack of human social support. - [6]
  • Pets facilitate social support (conversations with strangers when walking down the street)
  • No relationship between ability to connect to humans and connecting to pets -same reference
  • Pets give more benefit to owners who are not lonely - [7]


  • 14% of pet owners would choose a pet over their partner - [8]