How Do Animals Know?

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Have you experienced your pets or animals being drawn to you when your mental illness or health becomes bad? I have. I was having a panic attack last night and hid in the bathroom, my boyfriend said that my little hamster kept on staring at the bathroom door. It was like she knew my habits and what was going on. She was quiet all night but kept on looking out of her cage to check where I was. She is normally very loud and demanding of attention. She’s lovely.

I believe that what people see past, animals pick up on. Apparently, it is because when we are stressed we produce more sweat and hormones that animals can smell. Like a wounded member of their pack, they want to nurse you. I remember when I got home from the hospital after badly self-harming on my legs once, I was in a lot of pain and woke up to my little cat Summer sleeping on my legs. She never does that! When I met my boyfriends dog Bella for the first time she licked my self-harm wrist scars, as if kissing them better! So cute! My daddy has asthma and the cat sleeps on his chest when he is unwell. It probably doesn’t help things but she is protecting him!

I think that animals are very special and in tune with your moods. A week after my grandfather died I was at home alone and the shock of losing him hit me. My little Summer-Rose let me hold her and she didn’t leave my side for days. She popped outside for a wee once but then came back to lay next to me. The sun was shining outside and she loves the outdoors.

Animals just know, don’t they? It’s amazing!

Amy Belle

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19 thoughts on “How Do Animals Know?

  1. I study nonverbal communication and a lot of it is how our nonverbal cues such as body language, voice, use of space, smell, etc.

    We do not pay attention to these cues consciously since we have language, but animals rely on it so much! I am actually posting a post tomorrow about how animals communicate with us and how we can communicate with them!

    I am also so sorry you had a panic attack yesterday, and I hope you are feeling much better today.

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    1. Wow, really that is amazing! What an interesting subject PackHeals! I’ll be looking forward to your post tomorrow. I am feeling a lot better now- I think it was alcohol that made me bad…naughty Amy! Do you mostly study it in dogs? They are very clever!

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      1. For nonverbal communication, I am currently focusing my research on politics (a fun time right now!). However, my real passion is animal communication and the universality of nonverbal communication across humans and other species.

        I will eventually post about this, but I did a research study showing that you can hear a foreign-speaking politician and make accurate predictions about them just by their voice!

        And alcohol never helps! Yesterday I started having high anxiety because I decided to have my morning coffee at work. I do not know why I thought a stressful situation needed to be accompanied by coffee!

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      2. I know what it is like coming to do a boring module whilst I’m studying! Isn’t learning fun lol! It is nice to write to someone who has a passion for something so unique. Us people with anxiety don’t judge situations very well sometimes! All the best, Amy Belle

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  2. They’re so cute! Whenever I’m going through a depressive episode my furry friend seems to always know and curls up next to me for some snuggles. One of the many hundred thousand reasons I decided to get a dog was because I thought it would make them easier to get through and give me motivation when I couldn’t find it myself. Don’t know what I’d do without him now!

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