The psychology of grief: Why losing a pet dog or cat is like losing a family member

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Losing a pet can be just as emotionally devastating as losing a loved one, and should be treated as such. Our brains are capable of forming strong emotional connections with non-human creatures, and the limited cognitive abilities and interactions of a pet can actually make those bonds stronger. Comforting contact is a priority when forming interpersonal bonds, and many pets such as cats and dogs can offer this. So, next time you encounter someone upset over the loss of a pet, resist the urge to say “just get a new one”, and understand that pets are not just property, but an emotionally meaningful part of someone’s life. Read full article here

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