Do pets think they’re human? After all, it seems only natural to assume that pets living in our human environment might think they’re human. Just like us!
But this is a mistaken assumption that many animal guardians make! They look at their pet’s life solely from their human perspective, and that is one of the biggest challenges here!
Do Pets Think They’re Human? Understanding Pet Perspectives
It’s no surprise that for many of us, our pets are part of the family. In some cases, fur-babies with a more extensive wardrobe than human members! We celebrate their birthdays (we’ve seen those catnip-filled parties!), buy them swanky furniture and dress them in designer clothing. All in the name of love. But is our notion of bestowing human comforts onto pets leading us into a hairy situation?
You see, some folks believe that treating their pet like a human is offering them the ‘cat’s pajamas,’ so to speak. But contrary to what may seem like common sense, our pets might not be fans of this daily human pantomime. They may be part of our lives, but they aren’t too keen on trading their natural instincts. Think about it. Would your feline friend rather proudly present you with feathers from her latest hunting expedition? Or snooze on the couch while you give her unlimited belly rubs?
Pets don’t want to be human replicas to feel like part of the family. They just need acceptance, love, and space to be their already-adorable animal selves.
Here’s Why the Humanization of Pets Can Impact Their Instinctual Needs
Pets are often considered members of our family, and many of us view them as our children. Some very enthusiastic animal-lovers may dress their pets in clothes, celebrate their birthdays, and even provide them with their own furniture. However well-intentioned, this can create challenges for the animal within.
Many people wonder if their pets think they’re human and feel that treating their pet like a real person is giving them the very best of everything. After all, these peeps reason, humans have the best life. However, to a pet, being human does not jive with their natural instincts. Despite being part of our every day lives, pets do not wish to abandon their natural instincts such as hunting, foraging, and exploring in favor of laying around in the living room eating treats. Treating our pets like mini-humans, creates internal challenges for them and often for the entire human family attached to the pet. For example, if a cat’s natural instinct is to hunt and catch its prey, imagine how that cat would feel living every day where they unable to do their most natural “thing”.
Pets aren’t asking to be treated as mini-humans to be part of our family. What they need is to be accepted and loved for who they naturally are.
Learn To Evaluate Your Pet’s Lifestyle In a Human Centric World
It’s easy to lose sight of our pet’s needs when we forget to think of their needs as particular to them rather than particular to what we would love. However, here are two things you can do right now to evaluate your pet’s lifestyle and whether or not it is working for them.
First, look at what type species of pet you have. To use the example of the cat above, cats need to use their hunting and stalking energy in some way. Another example would be my dog, Tuukka. She is a working dog, and her natural ability is to watch over the sheep. This is an instinct (what I call an energy) that is very important to her intrinsic happiness.
Now that you’ve determined what instincts/behaviors/energies are vital to your pet’s animal nature and well-being, take a look at your pet’s lifestyle with you. Are there things in your pet’s life that allow for them to exercise these natural needs? For example, does your cat have a way to hunt down their prey or use their stalking skills? Or with my dog, Tuukka. Does she have anything she’s able to do in her life to watch over and guard her home?
If you’re stuck, you can often look at the challenges you’re having with your pet. As an animal communicator, I’ve found in my work with people and their pets, a lot of pets will act out in the area where life is out of balance.
For example, my dog Tuukka goes through these periods of time where she barks at everything from inside the house. A leaf can fall and she’s alerting us like house has fallen over. I’ve learned that this is an example she’s showing me of not having enough time and space to exercise her natural instinct of sitting outside and watching over the house. It’s an example in our lives that she’s doing too much, “sitting on her bed in the living room, relaxing” and not enough of what her breed, the Great Pyrenees, needs. Take a look at the imbalances you may have with your pet. Can you map them back to a natural energy they’re not being allowed to express?
Taking steps to understand your pet’s world can significantly improve their quality of life. After all, they’re not just pets – they’re family. Just like human family members, their needs deserve to be understood and respected.
So do Animals Really Perceive Themselves as Human?
Understanding the energy and instincts of our pets aids in strengthening our bond with them. It enables us to provide an environment where they can thrive, being their authentic selves while cohabiting with us humans.
Understand The Psychology of Pets in a Human Household.
When you begin to understand what it takes physically and energetically for pets living in human households, it becomes much easier to resist treating pets like mini-humans. However, many people still think the answer to the question do pets think they’re human is “yes”. How pets really perceive themselves though is very different.
We’ve talked about the instinctual needs of the animals in our lives and how they have a deep desire to exercise those energies but we haven’t yet addressed their deeper needs. The animals in our lives are not only interacting with us on this physical and instinctual level. They are also working with us on a spiritual level, what I call the Soul Level, where, their access to the greater picture in life guides their every move.
Pets and animals have mastered unconditional love and can access this in every moment of their life. And they would love for us to access this type of love too. Because of this, our pets are willing to put up with a whole bunch of our human, “stuff” in hopes that it will help us learn. This means something incredible and it’s something that so many of us animal lovers misinterpret: The animals in our lives don’t desire to be human and they don’t think of themselves as human. However, they possess the wisdom that many humans think being treated as a human is the best way to show love. So our pets… they put up with it.
In other words, your dog doesn’t LOVE being dressed up. Your dog doesn’t think they should be wearing clothes because they are human. And your dog is not confused as to who their real father is. Your dog is loving wearing the little outfit because it makes YOU feel so happy. And your dog wants you to experience that unconditional love yourself.
Join an Animal Communication Class!
If you really want to understand your pet’s world, animal communication classes could offer a deeper insight. These classes are designed to help you better understand your pet’s perspective and communicate more effectively with them.
Through animal communication classes, you’ll learn about the subtle intuitive signs and signals pets use to communicate. This knowledge can help you decide what your pet is trying to tell you, fostering a deeper bond between you two. Plus, you’ll be able to hear, right from your pet, what they really want (and now you know it isn’t a cutesy dress!).
Join an animal communication class and take a step towards becoming a more informed and empathetic pet guardian. It’s an investment in enriching your relationship with your pet, building a stronger connection with them and in experiencing their unconditional love.