Pets give us love, but they also give us so much more. As anyone who’s ever had the privilege of living their life alongside an animal companion can attest, our pets speak to us in unique and forceful ways, often reaching us in places that no other human can. And it’s not just a feel-good theory. Science supports that pets really do improve our mental well-being, and that being a pet parent is good for nourishing both our minds and our souls. Let’s take a look at the interesting connection between pets and mental health and the reasoning behind why so many refer to their pets as furry (or feathery or scaly) therapists.