05 Dec Can Pets Sense that You’re Stressed?
Can animals sense stress in humans? Several sources say yes. You might notice that your dog or cat comes and cuddles up next to you and won’t let you move if you’ve had a rough day. It’s their way of telling you to calm down and just sit and relax.
How do your pets deal with stress? How do they react to the stress they feel from you?
What Science Says
A recent study indicates that dogs can feel the stress of their humans. Cortisol levels increase when a human is stressed. The same, according to the data, happens when animals feel the stress of their pet parents. Cortisol is a hormone that is released into the bloodstream. Hair follicles absorb it, making them an ideal location to test for increases of the hormone.
When it comes to cats – they’re just sympathetic creatures. They too can sense the stress of their owners. They can sense changes in your voice and actions. Cats notice changes in routine. They’re observant creatures.
Animals Displays of Stress
Animals display the effects of stress in different ways. Sometimes it might seem like they’re mirroring your actions. If you are sad and not so active, they might convey those same actions – laying around and not doing much.
Pets might also act out by destroying items, refusing to use the proper place to use the bathroom, refuse food. They may even display nervous behaviors.
Aggression is another way that pets can display the effects of stress. They may not enjoy how they’re feeling or may want your attention. It might be their way of telling you that it’s time to reduce your stress because it’s passing onto them. Be aware of changes in your pet’s behavior – it might not be them just acting out, it might be them telling you that your behavior/emotions are affecting them too.
Reducing Pet Stress
You can try to fake it and act like everything’s fine – but your pets are smart, they know it’s an act. Reducing your stress helps them reduce theirs. You can work together to return to an even calm and happy balance.
This might include the use of pet CBD products. Speak with your vet about incorporating CBD oil into your pet’s regimen as an alternative option for stress management. Your pet may not be able to suggest a dose or product, but may agree that CBD could be used.
It is important to know the right dose of CBD to give your pet. It’s based upon exact weight – not age or approximate weights. Weigh your pet. Give them an accurate dose. Start with the smallest dose of 0.05 mg per pound. Monitor them for a week and see if that’s the right dose for them. If not, consider increasing per the suggestions in our CBD Dosage Guide for Pets.
As humans, it’s hard to control stress. It happens, it’s part of life. But, we can control how we display our stress to perhaps prevent our pets from feeling it too. Prolonged periods of stress can negatively impact their overall health and well-being just as it can ours. Be mindful of that and get a stress management routine in place for both of you.