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The cost of having a pet
Lim Siew May | 12 Jan 2018 00:30
The cost of adopting a pet generally varies from free to RM300, depending on age and if it is a pedigree – 123RF
There’s something about companion animals that tug at people’s heartstrings – if you own a dog or cat, for instance, their wide-eyed innocence, how they greet you with enthusiasm, listen to you intently and love you unconditionally are but a handful of reasons why they are so valued.

A study published by the American Psychological Association (APA) reveals that pets are important sources of social and emotional support for “everyday people,” not just those who are struggling with serious health issues.
 
It added that “pet owners had greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, tended to be less lonely, were more conscientious, were more extraverted, tended to be less fearful and tended to be less preoccupied than non-owners.”

Talk to any responsible pet owner about his or her pets and chances are, you will learn that many perceive the pets as part of the family. However, like many things in life, pet ownership comes at a cost.