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.


  • 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.
  • 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.

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