animal kept for companionship and a person's enjoyment
A pet, or companion animal, is an animal kept primarily (or at least partially) to provide love, companionship, emotional satisfaction, or personal entertainment for a person or small group of people.
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- Goldmeier (1986) aimed to discover whether animals could fill the gap created by absent humans. One hundred and four-four elderly participants, living alone, living with others, living alone with pets or living with others and pets, were assessed. The groups were demographically similar and results showed that pets did not make a difference to morale amongst those who lived with others but that they improved the morale of those living alone.
- Sarah J. Brodie and Francis C. Biley, (1999). "An exploration of the potential benefits of pet‐facilitated therapy". Journal of Clinical Nursing 8 (4): 329–337. (quote from p. 332)
- A small pet animal is often an excellent companion for the sick, for long chronic cases especially. A pet bird in a cage is sometimes the only pleasure of an invalid confined for years to the same room.
- Florence Nightingale, Nightingale, Florence (1860). Notes on Nursing: What it is, and what it is Not. p. 147. ISBN 9780848825355. (revision of 1859 1st edition)
- Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it. We are responsible for the wellbeing of our pets, so it is hard not to feel some sort of guilt when they pass.
- Amy Sedaris, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People. Grand Central. 4 March 2014. ISBN 9781455584437.