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Do pets help us with our loneliness ? Poll is created on Dec 31, 2023

  
  

Do pets help us with our loneliness ?

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(@barbiegoldwin)
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It's tough to lose a friend when you have so few nearby friends to begin with. I didn't realize how much time I was spending with my friend till she was gone. The lonely days were spent thinking of her which just made it worse. I recently adopted a cat from the local shelter. My new friend instinctively knew when I was feeling blue. Jumping into my lap and watch television with me. It always makes me smile to scratch that head and say " thank you ..... Wendie ....".Β 

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 Lir
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@barbiegoldwin Wendie sounds like a lovely little cat! Smile

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@barbiegoldwin I retired a little over 8 years ago and we relocated to Cathedral City, CA (adjacent to Palm Springs). From what I can tell, the ratio of pets to humans here is quite high. People go downtown, do grocery shopping, go to restaurants, and even the Air Museum with their dogs. Some are on a leash, some are being carried and some are in strollers. I’ve told some of the owners that the dogs seem to be better behaved than some of the kids!

There are MANY LGBT people here who have dogs and cats (some have both!). I think a lot of it has to do with consistency. Unless you REALLY mess up, pets will treat you the same way. Hu-Mans, not so much…

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(@amylove2dress)
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Β I've found the pets I've had all help with companionship. Even though I've only lived alone for a part of my life I love the friendship the right animal pet can provide. The friendship is different, and more unconditional than any human can give. Right now my main furry squeeze is a rabbit I call Chopin, after the 19th century composer and pianist.

Β Amy

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@amylove2dress That's a nice name! I've noticed that not too many people have heard of Chopin.

Pets are nice as they don't care what gender you are or how much money you have as long as you love them and feed them they are pretty happy.

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(@trishsummers)
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I have two cats and they're the perfect pets.Β  They so affection and don't need constant attention like dogs.Β  They let me know when they want to be fed. lol

~Trish

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 Lir
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@trishsummers Cats are good that way. Affectionate, but less work. 🙂

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(@terria67)
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Hi Barbie,

What a sweet story. She touched many hearts here.

RIP Wendie. Red Heart Β 

Terri Anne

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(@mustangtoni)
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I had a little buddy a chihuahua he slept with me every night one morning as I awoke he lay still and unresponsive I rushed him to the vet only to be told he had passed he was old Β it hurt. I now live alone

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 Lir
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@mustangtoni Awe, that's so sad! Losing a pet is very hard, especially like that. I hope you feel better.

Crying Heart Red Heart Β 

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(@airlane1979)
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I'm not a pet person. Whether that reflects badly on me, I don't know, but I wouldn't want to be responsible for an animal's needs. Although I live an isolated life (not by choice), I don't feel the slightest desire to share it with a non-human. I've a friend with a dog and I'm sure that our friendship would only improve if he didn't have that dog, as it takes up so much of his time, attention and resources.

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 Lir
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@airlane1979 That doesn't "reflect badly" not everyone wants pets and that is perfectly valid and acceptable. Just try to understand that there are people who do love and care for their pets. If you want to spend more time with your friend, a suggestion is to go to dog friendly places or go with them when they walk the dog. That way you can still spend time with them, and the dog still gets exercise and attention. Just a suggestion though.

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(@inuyasha)
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Personally, I find pets to be very helpful with combatting loneliness by providing love and emotional support. I currently have a cat and she will jump up on my lap and snuggle with me when I am sick or sad or having a rough day or she just wants my company. She also curls up beside me while I'm playing videogames. I am also her emotional support as she seems to get nightmares and wakes up in a bit of a fright, so I comfort her and let her know she's safe. (she's a rescue cat that we adopted, they found her living under a house when her previous family moved and abandoned her.)

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Do pets help with loneliness ......

Yes the do help in dealing with those feelings of loneliness . Sieben ( 7 in German ) is a big part of my life and would be lost with out him . The relationship we develop matures over time and we really get to know each other , no different if they are a human . And I must say it is fun watching them do their weird stuff which still amazes me Sieben knows when i'm down in dumps , depressed , sad or just need a hug ( it's the only time he likes to be pick up )Β 

His pur is a weird one and very load , but yet so soothing , inner peace . No matter how I feel or want I do around the house , he is always there for me with unconditional love , than again it just might be that there is food in his dish !Β 

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Alexis Looking At You Β 

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