5 Ways to Show Your Pet Love in Their Own Language

1. Make eye contact
Gazing deeply into a loved one’s eyes has long been regarded as a signal of love and trust, but did you know that this is also true of the love between you and your pet? Leading scientists have recently discovered that when your pet stares at you, they are essentially hugging you with their eyes. Far from being regarded as a threat, this connection can actually stimulate chemicals in your pet’s brain which strengthens the bond your share. That being said, it probably isn’t advisable to stare your neighbour’s pit-bull square in the eye just yet, maybe wait until you know each other a little better.

2. Give your pet a massage
It’s been a long- proven fact that stroking an animal can lower blood pressure and act as a means of de-stressing. This form of displaying affection, however, can actually have mutual benefits. Stroking a cat from head to tail, for instance, can relax your feline’s muscles which will turn your sofa, bedroom or office into a naturally safe place.

3. Make some time for your BFF
This one seems simple on paper, but we all know how hectic life can get. If it isn’t a work deadline or driving the kids to another after school club, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. However, spending just five minutes of quality time with your pet can make all the difference to your life as well as theirs. Not only will it show your pet how much you care, it will give you a much-needed break from the chaos of modern life. Make a simple change and let your dog lie at your feet when you work from home or invite you cat to sink into your lap when you read.

4. Give your pet a treat
We all love getting a present, especially when we aren’t expecting one. Your pet is no different. If your pet has been good, learnt a new trick or simply just because you love them, why not give them their favourite treat to let them know how special they are to you?

5. Play and have fun
Remember what it was like to be a child? Life was all about playing, having fun and simply being carefree. Those days may seem long ago, but your pet is the key to unlocking your inner child. Animals love nothing more than being allowed to play and revel in freedom, why not join them? Get muddy with your dog at the park, chase string around the kitchen with your cat or create a network of toilet roll tunnels for your hamster. Your pet will love the adventure and excitement of the game and will love you for being a part of it.

Pet Loss Grief

Most of us have endured the pain of losing a beloved pet at some point in life and depending upon the type of relationship we had with our pet it will undoubtably measure how much pain we suffer after the loss. Some people develop a profound bond over time with their pet, while others may just enjoy having them around and usually recover from grief rather quickly. They may even replace their deceased pet right away to help them cope and move on from the grieving process more quickly. Everyone has their own unique way of coping with pet loss.

The loss of a special animal companion can leave devastating heartache and most people will suffer in silence out of fear of not being taken seriously just because the loss was not a human loss. There are many people today in situations where their pets mean everything to them just like any human being could. Many have been let down by those around them therefore turning to an animal for unconditional love and company and as a confidante. This is quite normal as animals have qualities our fellow humans do not seem to indicate.

Companion animals have now become an accepted part of our family and when a pet passes away we feel that as such. I lost my pet lizard just one year ago, and the pain I felt was so immense I didn’t want to go on anymore. I felt the best thing I could do for myself and on behalf of my deceased pet was to write about pet grief loss and become a “Pet Loss Counsellor,” in which I have only started studying at an online college. The bond I had with my pet lizard was very profound indeed.

Our pets or as I prefer to call them “family members” teach us so much about ourselves if we are open to allowing them to educate us. Even after they pass into spirit the lessons themselves are more vivid and real. Heartbreaking grief over the loss of a pet is not something to hide or be ashamed of. Pets are our family and we grieve for them in that way. There are groups you can join on social media such as Facebook. This gives grieving pet carer’s a chance to express their grief in a safe and non judgemental social environment

We now live in a very different world from what it was twenty years ago, no one needs to bottle their emotions up any longer in fear of being ridiculed or made fun of. Animals are not rated as “just pets” but our best friends and our confidante’s and most of all our mentors.