How well do you think you usually know how your pet is feeling? Is it angry? Or is it just anxious?
Of course, you cannot completely understand what goes on in your pet’s mind. But body language is a powerful tool which can help you know about their feelings. This is their special way of communicate.
And the truth is that having some idea about your pets’ feelings and thought process is just as important as feeding or grooming it – and there several ways how this can help.
It ensuring a bond of quality
Everyone loves when someone is nice to them, especially if it is their own pet. If you are able to read the different emotions of your pet, it will make things much easier.
You’ll be able to understand their temperament, and different parts of their personality that reveal their likes and dislikes. Such as what food they prefer, and what toy is their favorite.
This means you can feed them and play with them accordingly. And they will show much more affection when they’re in the mood.
It helps you understand other animals
If you are an animal lover who likes to deal with other animals, having a good knowledge of your own pet’s behaviour is a good start to understanding many other animals.
These other animals include new pets, strays on the road that might need help and even a friend’s pet that’s acting weird.
It is useful during times of need
Are you familiar with the signs of anxiety in pets? Or the symptoms of a possible pregnancy or injury that might have occurred?
Many times, animals like cats and dogs will call out for help from you in different ways. They can also be experts at hiding their injuries and pain.
If you have a little knowledge on their behaviour, you might be saving your pet’s life!
Many diseases are easily treated during their initial stages. By picking up the little signs beforehand, you’ll be saving yourself from a lot of trouble and worry.
It makes you a better person
A study by Anthrozoos (2006) shows that people who owned both cats and dogs were more empathetic than those who owned either or none of them. Horse and bird owners also showed the same patterns of compassion.
It’s also been proved that children with pet attachment have greater moral development. They also understand topics of justice, kindness and animal welfare much better.
In fact, many people treat pet’s the way they treat children. Chances are that if you’re good with pets you’ll be just fine with kids too!
This only means that you’ll be doing so much more than just understanding your pet’s mood.
See more of our posts regarding animal language and behaviour on the Petsworld blog.