Do Pets Really Get Jealous???
Humans do get a bit silly and attribute human feelings and emotions to animals. I've heard people say that their dog or cat "had an accident" on purpose because they were mad at their owner, for example, but that isn't true. A pet can be stressed or upset or sick and that could happen, but they don't "punish" us in such a manner.
However, I do believe pets get jealous, especially dogs. Maybe in a dog's mind it isn't true human jealousy, but there is something similar going on! For example, Scooter always wants the treat the others have, even if he has the exact same one of his own. I was like that when young. Our aunt once got Daisy and I the exact same sweater--mine was maroon, hers was blue. I always wanted to wear hers instead of mine. She was a vicous, selfish sister and never wanted me to wear her clothes, while I was always generous and giving and let her wear anything of mine. LOL.
He'll also hoard his treats--he'll take one from me, lay down for a second with it, then come back for another one to stock up. If I am petting Zoe, for example, he'll come over for a pet as well, but he's not content to sit NEXT to Zoe and get his share, he has to "scoot" over and push her aside. He also stares down Peanut if he feels the Little Man is taking up too much of my affection.
The cats on the other hand are jealous in a different way, or should I say, Tarzan is jealous. But not because he wants attention from me if I'm giving it to Catfish, but because he wants Catfish all to himself! He'll come over and push my hand away and start rubbing his head against Catfish, treating me as if I'm stealing his boyfriend! Seriously! Maybe because they spend every second together and are not with me as much as the dogs are, they've developed a special bond.
Pictures above: Top one is Brett and Jeremy's cat, Pearl, enjoying her first birthday dinner, while Lucy looks on a bit jealousy. Is it jealousy or just "I want that food!" Dogs are such pigs. I have more Pearl party pictures, but want to wait until Brett is back to his old self and posting before I upload them so he can weigh in.
Lower picture is Skeeter's duo, Sheba and Cheetah, who she says are jealous of the attention The Saint is giving the neighbors dog. Are they jealous or are they just curious about the big black dog too close to their domain?
So, do your pets show signs of the green-eyed monster?
posted by Sandy at 6/07/2007 09:38:00 AM