As it turns out, they can! Just like humans, our pets can experience jealousy over foods, toys and their owners. According to CNN, a research found that canines showed jealous behaviours when their owners displayed affection toward an animatronic stuffed dog that barked, whined and wagged its tail. Pet jealousy is a real thing! Your pet can turn into a green-eyed monster if you are petting another animal!
Why exactly does your dog or cat get jealous? Here are some of the common reasons for your furry friend’s moment of jealousy!
With a new addition to the family, new parents are often busy having to juggle their new responsibility, aside from also being a pawrent. Initially, your pet might not be used to sharing the attention with a new baby or child. But don’t worry! Everything takes time! With the right bonding, your pet could even become your new child or baby’s best friend!
Speaking of new additions, having a new pet might also ravel the same response as having a new baby. However, with sufficient bonding and interaction, your pet might get used to your new pet!
It might take your pet some time to get used to a new person’s presence in their safe space- their home. It’s inevitable that your pet may seem jealous or protective of you!
When there’s a change in your schedule, your pet might get to spend lesser time with you. Be sure to spend enough time, out of your busy schedule, with your pet and try to be understanding that your pet needs to adapt to the new schedule as well.
Another huge change in your pet’s life, such as living environment, could greatly affect your pet’s mood. Feeling vulnerable, it is not surprising that your pet would exhibit jealousy as it needs more of your care and love!
Here are some tell-tale signs that your pet is feeling jealous!
1. Nibbling or biting of the animal or person
2. Pooping or peeing in places where he shouldn’t
3. Cuddling up extra close to you or suddenly licking you
4. Showing destructive behaviours such as tipping over of food bowls or making a mess of the litter box
5. Not responding to you in his typical way such as not making eye contact
7. Hissing, growling or fighting with another pet
8. Crowding your space
9. Leaving the room when he gets mad
Just like the above few points mentioned, pay attention to changes in your pet’s behaviour! Your dog may act out in defiance or to get your attention, some of the most common changes include eliminating all over, showing destructive behaviours, and fighting with another pet.
If you have multiple pets, be sure that you spend with your pet on a one to one basis. You should never giving too much attention to one pet versus another. And dont pet one animal at the expense of the other. Try to pet or talk to them at the same time so that none of them feel left out. If your pet has to watch you lavish the other animal with your attention all the time, you can’t blame him for being jealous. Instead, do your part to give each pet equal time and show fairness when interacting with them.
To avoid conflict, feed them separately during mealtimes. You can set up separate spaces for each pet. Prepare their own toys, beds, food and water bowls as well.
Try to encourage your jealous pet to interact with the other pet or person. Don’t forget to reward him when he stops his jealous behaviour. For instance, you can get him to play with the animal or object of his envy. You can praise him or reward him with treats if he shows positive interactions.
Always supervise your jealous pet when bringing a new pet or a baby into home. If your pet shows jealous behaviour, try to be patient because he is eventually going to get adjusted to the new situation.
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