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The Advantages Of Renting With Your Pet

The Advantages Of Renting With Your Pet - Oxbow

Since the beginning of the first lockdown, pet ownership has risen by an estimated 8%, bringing the pet population in the UK to 12 million. As a result of a shift in priorities and many spending more time in their homes, pet friendliness has leaped to the top of wish lists for renters, with search queries increasing by 120% in comparison to last summer.

It remains the unfortunate reality that finding pet friendly accommodation is still seen as a challenge for many people. However, at Oxbow, we readily encourage owners to bring their furry friends along with them when they move into our apartments. We recognise the positive impact pet ownership can have on the mental and physical well-being of owners, so have designed our apartments to have ample space for both you and your pet. Although we understand that every relationship between pet and owner is unique, here are some of the many benefits that pet ownership brings to people around the world.

Reducing loneliness

Arguably the most common role for animals is that of companionship. Owning a pet is often compensated for the absence of human companionship as they are seen as a loyal physical presence which provides unconditional love and can support social connections. Pets also can help to combat feelings of isolation by simply being a physical presence which demands routine, responsibility, and consistency.

The Advantages Of Renting With Your Pet

Reduced stress

Renting with your pet could help to create a sense a calm of comfort in your home.

It has been scientifically proven that interacting with an animal raises our levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are hormones that relax the nervous system. Furthermore, just a five-minute interaction with a pet can also reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone and increase the release of oxytocin, the chemical in the body which naturally reduces stress.

Better health

There are many benefits to owning a pet, including a reduced risk for heart disease and greater longevity. Canine carers often have decreased blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, which minimise the risk of a heart attack in the future. It has also been discovered that children who have a pet in their household are less likely to develop hay fever, allergic diseases, and eczema in later life if they were exposed to pets before six months old.

Boost fitness levels

Companion animals can prompt you to regularly engage in healthy activities and get outdoors. There is a positive correlation between pet ownership and a motivation to exercise, indicating that pets have a strong influence on how often people exercise. Dog owners are 54% more likely to meet the recommended levels of physical activity than non-dog owners, therefore having a positive impact on your cardiovascular health and helping to lower your blood pressure.

The Advantages Of Renting With Your Pet

Forming social relationships

Pets can also provide their owners with more than just companionship, they can help to create human-to-human relationships. Pets can help us to form stronger connections with others as owners often have a greater self-esteem, were more conscientious and even rebounded quicker from negativity caused by social rejection. It is also recognised that children who are emotionally attached to dogs can form relationships easier with other people.

At Oxbow, we understand the importance of pet ownership on residents’ overall well-being and want to make your pets feel just as at home as you do. Speak to your Community Manager who can provide more information about living with your pet when you rent with us.

To find out more about our range of pet-friendly apartments and townhouses available at Oxbow, explore our apartments. 

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