When your pet mourns a person
When someone leaves your home for good, it can have a negative impact on your pet. Pets can become familiar with all members of a household and even rely on seeing them on a daily basis. So someone moves out or passes away, be sure to remember the well-being of your pet.
How can you tell if your pet is mourning?
Animals can display signs of sadness or even depression. These can manifest in different ways. Some signs can include loss of appetite, sluggishness, unresponsiveness or a lack of interest in activities they are usually keen on. All animals are different and signs can differ between pets. For example, rather than become upset, your pet may display negative behaviour.
What should you do?
If your pet is having a strong reaction to someone having left the home, help them to adjust by keeping to their regular routine. While it may be tempting to give extra amounts of attention or even treats, this may have the reverse effect. The extra attention may reward their current behaviour.
By sticking to their usual daily routine such as feed and walk time, you will give your pet the reassurance that everything is normal, and help them to move forward.
Generally speaking, extended mourning isn’t common in most animals. If your pet is showing out of the ordinary signs for long periods of time, it’s best to check-in with a vet. Their behaviour may be related to another issue entirely, so go for a vet check-up to make sure.
Change can be a challenge for pets as well as humans. Sometimes the reality is that a situation simply cannot be helped or changed. While someone may have left the home, your pet still has you.
It may take time but they should be able to adjust to the change. If you’re struggling with adjustment don’t hesitate to see the advice of your vet or animal behaviourist
who will be able to offer specific advice about your situation and pet.