DO PETS GRIEVE THEIR MASTER?
What many people find hard to believe is
that animals can form very firm attachments. Even pets that outwardly seem to
barely get along with others can become very attatched to their master and will
exhibit intense stress reactions when separated. In fact, grieving pets can
show many symptoms identical to those experienced by others in the home. The
surviving pet(s) may become restless, anxious and depressed. There may also be
much sighing, along with sleep and eating disturbances. Often, grieving pets
will search for their master and crave more attention.
How can the new
Guardian help the grieving pet? By following these recommendations:
Keep the pet(s) routines as normal as possible.
2. Try not to
unintentionally reinforce the behavior changes.
- If the pet's appetite is
picky, don't keep changing the food.
3. Continue to offer love and