Rhoads_ The advantages of getting a roommate with a pet

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Dwelling with a roommate is difficult. Possibly they’re messy or all the time blasting music till the early morning hours, however what if they’ve a pet?


I used to be nervous about shifting in with an animal, however my psychological well being drastically improved due to it.

My roommate has two cats: Ham and Luna. Ham and I’ve grown shut over the 12 months that I’ve lived with my roommate, however we should half methods this coming January. Ham takes naps with me and is a big supply of consolation after an extended day. I’ve watched him go from being an overweight, 25-pound rescue to a slim and trim tomcat. I really feel a duty for his well-being although he isn’t mine.

Nobody talks about how troublesome it’s to maneuver from place to put all through faculty; we have now such little stability throughout this era of our lives. We construct these relationships with our roommates and their pets who we would by no means see once more after parting methods.

Charges of melancholy and anxiousness are at an all-time excessive for faculty college students. Dwelling with a pet has confirmed to alleviate signs of melancholy, with 74% of pet house owners reporting improved psychological well being with a furry good friend, in response to WebMD.

Sure, generally it’s horrible being woken up by meowing each morning, however Ham has been there for me after I bomb checks or miss my household. Many different faculty college students may benefit from animal companionship, even when it’s by means of a roommate’s pet.

Maddie Corkery, a Colorado State College pupil, lived with a tuxedo cat named Ivy throughout her first 12 months in faculty. The cat belonged to her suitemate, however Corkery developed an in depth relationship with Ivy.

“It’s already bittersweet leaving your first dorm, however I additionally needed to say goodbye to Ivy,” Corkery mentioned. “I cried for a very long time earlier than shutting that door.”

Ivy had been there when the dorms have been empty, and Corkery was on their own; she mentioned Ivy was an enormous supply of consolation for her over the course of her first 12 months away from dwelling.

Amy Canevallo, a psychological science professor on the College of North Carolina at Charlotte, mentioned dwelling with a roommate who has pets can convey the human roommates nearer as effectively.


Strolling a canine or enjoying with a cat will be a wonderful exercise for roommates who don’t but know one another. It may present bonding alternatives and advantages all events. Enjoying with an animal can lower cortisol ranges, a stress hormone, in response to Information in Well being.

I’ve already shed tears over parting methods with my roommate’s cat, and we haven’t parted methods but. It’s like a breakup, besides you’re the one getting damaged up with. We get so connected to the animals in our lives, and so they present consolation to everybody round them.

It might not be for everybody, however for my part, having a pet is a good addition to the faculty expertise.

Attain Darien Rhoads at letters@collegian.com or on Twitter @DarienRhoads.

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