How does divorce affect animals’ development?
It is well documented that divorce has a number of negative consequences for children’s development. But what about the family pet? Does Fido or Fluffy suffer when their owners get a divorce?
There is limited research on how animals are affected by divorce, but what we do know suggests that they can experience a range of emotions, from sadness and anxiety to depression and aggression. These effects can be especially pronounced in animals that are particularly attached to their owners, such as dogs and cats.
While it is difficult to say definitively how divorce affects animals, there are a few things we can do to help our furry friends through this tough time. First, try to maintain as much stability in their routine as possible. If you have to move, try to keep their food and sleep schedule as similar as possible to what it was in the past.
Second, provide them with plenty of love and attention. Pets can sense when we are sad or stressed, and they will often try to comfort us in return. Be sure to give them plenty of cuddles and scratches behind the ears to let them know they are still loved.
Finally, if your pet is exhibiting signs of distress, such as excessive barking or scratching, it may be worth considering professional help from a veterinarian or animal behaviorist. With a little time and patience, your furry friend will hopefully adjust to the new normal and be by your side for years to come.