There is a lot of talk about the benefits of growing up and living with an animal. We’ll be talking about some of those incredible benefits proven by science, but there are other reasons why we at Per Purr are animal friendly.
You may have picked up on this from Per Purr’s icon: we have a passion for cats. But today we want to talk a bit more about what animals mean to us. Interestingly enough, every person on Per Purr’s team lives or has lived with a pet.
They say the best way to see who someone really is, is by observing their attitude towards animals. It's okay if someone is afraid of a species because of its size or characteristics, you can’t judge them for that. However, general behavior with animals says a lot about respect for other living beings and for nature.
Sometimes the term animal friendly is used as a marketing ploy. Most people know that, fortunately, European legislation does not permit testing cosmetics on animals, which we’re thrilled about (we would never think of doing something like that).
If a product is created to be used by people, it should be tested on people. We always enjoy doing the preliminary tests among our team and, since everyone’s skin is so different, we love to observe and talk about our different reactions. We then go on to the more technical part with more people, but that initial point is a great bonding moment for us.
Respect is fundamental (in all senses) and that is why we believe that all forms of life with which we live should be respected. However, we must recognize that this is not always the case and, in fact, it is the lack of coexistence with animals that hinders the development of some skills.
Some parents are nervous to let their children grow up with animals, however there is nothing more beneficial for growth and development of the immune system, as corroborated by the study conducted by the University of Kuopio (Finland). They estimate that children who live with animals (specifically dogs) are healthier, with a 30% less chance of developing respiratory infections, cough, runny nose or fever.
Growing up with animals also stimulates sensory activity and enhances agility.
Although it may seem contradictory, another benefit of living with a pet is that they expose us more directly to germs and bacteria. This exposure is beneficial because our system creates greater resistance and immunity to these agents.
First and foremost (anyone who has had a furry family member knows this) is fidelity. When an animal gives its love, it’s unconditional.
There is nothing more therapeutic than someone that keeps you company and listens, judgment-free.
Living with animals helps strengthen self-esteem.
Sharing your daily life with an animal also makes you more responsible, teaches the value of commitment and helps overcome laziness.
Empathy is another one of the great qualities that all people should have, and growing up with animals favors the development of this feeling.
One of society’s biggest problems in the 21st century is loneliness, as well as depression. People who live with animals are less likely to suffer from depression.
The company of animals stimulates contact and communication.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, living with animals makes us happier.