It doesn’t matter whether the pet is a fish, a dog, a snail, a toad or a cat. For a few minutes several times a day we are busy taking our minds off of ourselves and our concerns and placing our minds and our efforts on something outside of ourselves for the benefit of something else.
Caring for our pets is like a mini meditation — a break from our ego centrism. All of our concerns, worries, issues, and have-to-dos are still occupying our mind but they are not the focus. The pet is. They appreciate that focus. We would too if we thought much about it.