On our darkest days when all we want to do is curl up on the couch and do nothing, those of us with pets know our companions seem to sense our emotions. Whether it’s curling up on our legs or placing a worried head in our laps, many owners wonder whether pets have a sixth sense when it comes to our feelings.
Animal perception is of great interest among animal behaviorists, researchers, and those who spend time with and care for pets. Let’s take a closer look at emotional intelligence in animals and explore the question of whether pets sense our emotions.
From studies that span a few centuries, we now know that many mammals feel a wide range of emotions. We’re also finding that animals can perceive these emotions in humans. Continue…