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Why our pets are so important to us

Sometimes people think of cats, dogs, or other pets as just animals. But they are so much more than that. They are our babies, they are our cuddle-bugs, they are our lives. Let’s take a moment to celebrate the pets that give us so much happiness.

I currently have two cats– Luna and Selene. They’re honestly my life right now. I don’t plan on having kids, so they are the next best thing. Sure, they can’t actually talk to me or do anything that a normal human child would, but they’re still great.

Selene is my cuddle-bug cat. She loves to keep me warm in the winter. She’ll sleep on top of me, or on my pillow by my head almost every night. If I’m working on homework in my bed, or on the couch, she will always try to lay by my side or even on my shoulder. She’s the most affectionate cat I’ve had. (and people say cats are full of hatred…)

Luna was the first cat I adopted since I’ve had my own place. She’s not as big of a cuddler as Selene, but I still love her to death. She loves sitting on the armrest while I’m doing my homework, or she might bug me for some head scratches.

As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, I can tell you that pets help tremendously. When I’m struggling some days, my cats are always sleeping by my side or laying with me in bed when I can’t seem to leave it. This is what I like about cats– sometimes when you just want to cry it out, cats don’t judge or say anything. They just cuddle you and want some head scratches, which are honestly therapeutic. Their cute little purrs are so relaxing.

So let’s celebrate the pets in our lives. They can’t talk to us, but they do so much more than that to make our lives better.

Sara is an Integrative Public Relations Major at Central Michigan University. She hopes to work in a PR agency one day, managing social media for clients. When she's not reading yet another book from one of her three bookshelves, she can be found cuddling her cats, Luna and Selene. 
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