Do Pets Think They’re Human?


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 owners make. They look at their pet’s life solely from their human perspective, which turns out to be a real challenge.

a dog and cat sitting on a park bench, reading the newspaper and drinking a coffee

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. We love them as much as our parents (haha, OK sometimes more!), partners, children, and friends. And because of this, we treat them like small kings and queens in our homes. Giving them everything we can think of so they are happy, loved, and comfortable. All in the name of love.

But do our pets actually want to be treated like humans? And does this treatment make them think they ARE human? Read on to find out what my 20+ years as an animal communicator have taught me!

Here’s Why the Humanization of Pets Can Impact Their Instinctual Needs

Many of us view our pets as our children – or at least part of our family. 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 and playing with rubber toys. 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”.

As animals have shared with me through thousands of animal communication readings with them, they aren’t asking to be treated as mini-humans to feel like they are part of our family. What they need is to be accepted and loved for who they naturally are – especially as the animals they 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, the loving human beings we are, 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, consider the species of your pet. For example, 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 super important to her intrinsic happiness.

Once 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. Through my intuitive connections with her, she’s shared that she does this when she’s not getting enough time outside to “watch and guard” the property.  It’s an example that she’s doing too much, “sitting on her bed in the living room, relaxing” and not enough of what the animal in her needs. So for you, just take a look at the imbalances you may have with your pet. Can you map them back to a natural animal energy they’re not being allowed to express?

Doing this can significantly improve your pet’s quality of life – and help you understand the line between loving someone the way they need to be loved and the way YOU think they need to be loved.

Do Pets Perceive Themselves as Human

So do Animals Really Perceive Themselves as Human?

When you really understand your pet’s perspective – and accept that they are in this physical world with us as animals you will reap so many benefits! It will enable you to provide an environment where they can thrive, being their authentic animal selves while living in our human world.

Understand the Psychology of Pets in a Human Household.

Once you understand what it takes for your pet living in your human home to be happy, it becomes much easier to avoid treating them like mini-humans. Despite this, many people still think the answer to the question do pets think they’re human is “yes”.

So let’s now look at how pets really perceive themselves.

We’ve talked about the animal needs of our pets and how they have a deep desire to exercise those energies but we haven’t yet addressed their deeper needs. This is important! The animals in our lives are not only interacting with us on this physical level where we see and touch and feel them. 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. But…

Through their innate wisdom, our pets know that their humans think treating them as mini-humans is the best way to show love. So what do they do? Our pets… they put up with it!

In other words, your dog doesn’t LOVE being dressed up. Your cat doesn’t think they should be wearing clothes because they are human. And your rabbit is not confused as to who their real father is. When they display love for these things, it’s because they know that it makes YOU feel so happy. And they want you to experience their unconditional love.

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.