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Can My Mood Affect My Pet’s Behavior?

Pets are a constant source of companionship. They snuggle up to us when we’re sick and make us smile when we’re depressed. Cats and dogs always seem to know what we’re feeling and when we need some TLC. But does our pet’s behavior really change depending on our moods? The answer is yes. Read on to find out how your pet does it.  

Feeling blue

Hundreds of years of cohabiting with humans has taught our pets a thing or two. Dogs and cats have learned to read our facial cues and use them to gauge our moods. When we’re sad, pets can see it in our face and will instinctively try to comfort us. Dogs may lick away our tears. Cats often cozy up and purr on our laps to make us feel better. 

Happy life, happy pet

It may seem obvious but when you’re in a good mood your pet will feel good too. Pets react to your good vibes by playing, stretching and, in some cases, eating more than usual. Happiness is good for you and your pet’s health. So keep those smiles coming for the both of you!  

Anxiety triggers

Are you a nervous person? If so, your pet may be absorbing your anxious energy. Research has shown that dogs can smell our nervousness. If your pet is living in an anxiety-prone environment, he may act out through undesired behaviors. Peeing in corners and aggression at mealtimes are common signals that your cat or dog may be suffering from anxiety. If this happens, it’s time to visit the vet. If all other causes are ruled out, we might consider what we can do to curb our own anxiety.

Hearing emotions

Dog and cat ears are finely tuned to detect even the slightest change in pitch and tone. Whether we’re furious or cheerful, our pets hear the emotion in our voice. If you speak in an angry tone, you dog or cat will cower into submission or may even tremble. Elevate your pitch and watch how your dog or cat perks up or comes running to greet you. 

Cats and dogs carry a wealth of emotional intelligence that we’re just beginning to comprehend. If you are happy or sad, depressed or ecstatic, your pet will know and act accordingly.