Animals Are Way Smarter Than We Think

The thing is, animals think and feel just like people, and that's the truth. We have to get over the fact that we live in a society where people are too busy to care about how their pets are feeling or what they're eating. Animals need humans to love them, have pets, and spend time with them. In the meantime, humans are busy raising kids and getting in all the other important stuff in life. Animals have lost the equal attention that we seem to lavish on them and feel neglected.

So just how do you show your love for your pets? You can take them out for walks, you can pet them and give them affection, and you can buy them toys to play with. That's great, but all of these things are really good for your pets' mental health. If your pets are constantly in pain, depressed, anxious, or tired, all of the above actions are directly causing stress for them.

How do you stop this downward spiral? You must try to find the cause of their emotional imbalance. Sometimes it's hard to figure out exactly what that problem is since there are so many different contributing factors. Stress can come from any number of sources, so it's difficult to pinpoint exactly which animals are causing the emotional imbalance. But, here are some potential causes:

Dogs are very social animals. While some believe that dogs were meant to be the best friends of man, studies show that dogs thrive when they're around other dogs. They play, they eat, they swim, they socialize, and they even cuddle. And, they get even happier if they're around people who love them.

Cats are also quite social creatures. They tend to crave human contact and will do almost anything to get it. Cats get sick when they don't get the attention that they crave. So, a cat that's left to his or her own devices will go into a coma. (And there are those who have successfully euthanized cats that were considered not physically fit to live.) Sad, but true.

Scientists know that dogs have complex emotions as well, specifically as related to fear. That's why some dogs will shake, run and scream whenever they sense that their owner is in danger. Others will lie to protect their owner. Which brings up the question: how come our pets fear so much?

Some people theorize that dogs might be scared because of their ancestors. If our dogs didn't have these ancestors, they might experience fear. The most likely answer is that, because of where the ancestors originated, some dogs are naturally more aggressive than others. It's possible that some kind of natural aggression is passed down from the ancestors of dogs. While this might explain part of why they act the way they do, it does not account for all of it.

Another way to look at animals being smarter than we think is this: animals have to be smart to survive! This might mean that, in order for them to survive and be able to communicate with their owners, they have to be clever. And animals are very clever indeed. We humans aren't. But then again, animals aren't stupid, either.

Still, it's not a bad theory. It might explain a lot. For instance, if a dog is going to bite you, it might think that it's hurting you a lot. If it feels that it might lose its source of food, or worse yet, its master if it can no longer get to them, it might decide that it has to be willing to hurt you in order to get what it wants.

However, if it could talk, it might say, "Hey, you're hurting me and it's not good for me. I don't like it. I'm going to hurt you if you continue to do this to me." Animals are, generally, much less calculative. They're more instinctual. But that doesn't mean they couldn't come up with an answer or a way to rationalize their actions.

Or perhaps, the reason why some dogs are smarter than others is that they're more attentive to their environment. If a dog sees another dog or a person walking by, it might take notice, and then it might start to behave more like it should. That would be the sort of thing that an animal might mimic. So, maybe animals are way smarter than we think, and a bit deeper than that as well.

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