An animal can feel anxiety from something as simple as leaving them for hours and they haven’t been told how long you’ll be gone or where you’re going. Not all animals feel anxiety but definitely sensitive, insecure animals have expressed this.
Pets can express this emotion when another animal is introduced to the family or a new baby coming into the family. They need to know what is happening, that they are just as important a member of the family as they were before.
Just like us, loneliness can affect some pets more than others it depends on their personality. If they display lethargic behaviour, whining when you are not around which disturb the neighbours, incessant ‘following you around’ when you get home then it’s possible they are lonely. By communicating with your animal we can find out the cause.
This can be quite a problem with some animals. Depending on their age, breed, likes and dislikes, animals need certain stimulation to be content and engaged. By communicating with them you may learn what they need.
This isn’t something we necessarily associate with animals. However, from my own experience I have found they can be very sad indeed if they are taken away from a family member they love. They feel the loss and display sadness, not that we always pick up that this is what they are feeling. I have also found that an animal can be sad about something a human family member is going through, it’s like they are sharing the sadness.
This was an interesting one to me. I have come across animals that were worried about the health of their owner. They may have cancer or have had life threatening surgery and their animal actually is concerned about them. Sometimes the worry is about what will happen to them if their owner passes away or goes into a nursing home etc.
This is more common than we may expect from an animal. We are used to humans grieving the loss of someone or something but we don’t always acknowledge that an animal can also display this emotion. Elephants grieve the loss of a family member over a number of days and will even visit the burial site at future times. Dogs grieve when their human dies or they are separated from their elderly human who has had to move to a Nursing Home. When animals grieve the emotion is palpable, but you may have not recognized it as such.