Your Pet is a Better Snuggle Partner Than Your Partner

A little pet time can relieve stress

When you’re really stressed, talking to friends and family can help, but the best solution is to snuggle up with a furry friend according to a recent blurb in Prevention. Dr. James J. Blascovich, Ph.D., a psychology professor from the University of California, said, “ Having your pet, whether a cat or a dog, with you during a stressful event turns out to be more soothing than a best friend or a spouse.” I’ve done this!  Come home after a rough day, scooped up the cat, and just hung out on the couch.  She demands so little from me and is happy to snuggle up and return the love.  Whether you’re a dog person or a cat person, it can be just the thing you need.  Then you can talk to your buddy or hubs about your rough day. What do you think?  Have you gone to your pooch first before your husband?  This might explain the latent jealousy my husband sometimes has for Sydney, our little black cat. Pets can be therapeutic in other ways as well.  There was a study done that showed having pets around can control blood pressure better than ACE inhibitors.  Another study showed that inhabitants of nursing homes preferred visits from compassionately trained dogs than their own relatives. Becoming less stressed has been one of the most buzzed about topics this past year.  I have gone to conferences and read dozens of blogs and magazine articles that address ways to find balance.  But with over 62% of households owning pets, perhaps the best solution is literally underfoot.  Give your pet a little love and let them return the favor. What do you think?  Does your pet help you live a better life?  Do you prefer a snuggle with your pooch over your partner?  What's your favorite pet moment? Thanks, Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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11 Responses to Your Pet is a Better Snuggle Partner Than Your Partner

  1. [email protected] Workouts December 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    Wow, I’ve never gone directly to Buddy before going to my main squeeze – probably because he brought the dog into the relationship. But I have gone to prior pets before going to anyone else in my life. Really interesting concept. They’re just more reliable and won’t tell you what you don’t want to hear!

  2. Lisa December 6, 2010 at 6:40 pm #

    One of my kitties is a snuggle bug. He LOVES to snuggle and he always knows when I need it too. I love him unconditionally!

  3. Chrisi December 6, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    I definitely think having a fuzzy friend around helps relieve stress. Doesn’t replace talking to my husband about what’s bothering me, but my cat (Little Boo) doesn’t ask for much in return, and never judges. That’s love :)

  4. Lisa Johnson December 6, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    Susan & Lisa,

    Unconditional love is a good thing … a very good thing :-)


  5. Susan December 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    I definitely snuggle the kitty when I”m stressed. I’ve read those studies that say stroking a pet lowers blood pressure and now they are using dogs in reading programs for kids with dyslexia or speech difficulties. When the child reads to the dog, they relax, don’t worry about ‘performance’ and enjoy an attentive audience.

  6. Lisa Johnson December 6, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    Susan, thanks so much for adding those points … I didn’t know about reading to a dog, that’s a very clever trick …

  7. Lisa Byrne December 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    oh yes Lisa for sure!

    Pets are the best. One of the great gifts that I have is to have my 2 greyhounds in my studio with me all day. They get to be with me…I get to love them and the clients just absolutely adore the energy…even if those 45mph couch potatoes are sleeping.

    There is something so dear about soothing sweet love of a dearly beloved fur kid:)


  8. Caroline December 7, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    Snuggling up with my cats is part of my daily routine. It definitely helps me relax! Having a warm, purring kitty cat on my lap is very calming. Snuggling up with my cats certainly doesn’t replace a good talk with hubby or a friend, but it certainly helps me calm down, and at times, it helps me think more clearly and put things into perspective. I love my cats!

  9. Health Votes December 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    nice article, i don’t have a pet neither i do have a partner. Good for me that i don’t even have stress. But yes, having a pet around surely helps keep tension away. I had a few stray dogs around my home that i cared for when i had more time and the results were good, i did not really understood it then, but it does provide a mental peace. I will be looking foreword to keep a pet, something i always wanted, but my regular out-of-station tours comes in the path…

    also, gardening is another method that can lower stress, after a hard days of work, taking a bit of time and working on some plants, always helped me to reduce my stress.

  10. Lisa Johnson December 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    I have read some studies on gardening as a form of meditation. If it appeals to you it can be really effective. :-)

  11. Lisa Johnson December 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    Lisa mellow greyhounds? LOL, I didn’t think there was such a thing … my Uncle has owned them for years :-)

    Caroline, I agree, cat for snuggling and hubs for talking stuff out. Well … hubs is pretty good for snuggling too :-)


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