It’s well known that having a pet helps people stay healthy. In fact, studies have shown that petting a cat or dog lowers stress and anxiety, and even aids in fighting depression. This occurs from the release of two feel-good hormones: serotonin and dopamine. In addition, a cat’s purr can calm a person’s nervous system and lower their blood pressure. Walking a dog not only encourages exercise—which also releases serotonin—but also increases a chance for socialization. No matter if your fur baby is a cat or dog, their unconditional love is one of the best cure for many ailments!