In both humans and animals, stress can cause fear, anxiety, and restlessness. The psychological state of your pet is not unlike or unaffected by your own. In fact, studies show that household pets, such as cats, dogs, and birds, often take on our stress and are just as vulnerable to post-stress disorders after a traumatic experience. In addition to bearing our emotional burdens, animals too have their own stress and anxiety to cope with. Some stress-related behaviors appear more often; however, just as it is with humans, the causes, signs, and ways to manage stress vary for every animal.
As pet owners, this means that we should pay close attention when our pets start to behave out of character, because it usually means something needs to be addressed. Spot probably didn't start chewing on the couch because it tastes good; Spot is most likely responding to a change in his environment or deviation from his normal routine, and he needs attention. If something seemsRead More »from Is Your Pet Stressed?