Any pet owners knows how amazing it is to be have a loyal and loving companion to spend your days with. Pets are the perfect company. They are always happy to see you, their hearts are filled with love and they are incredibly loyal to those who love them.
Whether you are gone for a few minutes or a few hours, when you arrive back home, your pet(s) are always excited to see you. Pets are always there to cheer anyone up and are quick to offer a warm hug and a bit of comfort when it’s needed. Pets are amazing! However, this makes it all the more difficult to say goodbye when the time comes. It’s far more painful than what many people think.
The fact that pets are so incredible and such a big part of their owners lives, makes it very difficult when they pass away. No matter how you look at it, it’s still the loss of a best friend and a loved one. Losing a pet is, and always will be, a traumatic and painful experience for all that are close to that pet. Many people underestimate the pain felt after losing a dog, cat, parrot, or any other pet for that matter. It’s for this reason that researchers decided to investigate the extent of sorrow and pain that owners feel in the aftermath of losing their beloved pet.
To find out the extent to which pet owners were hurt when they lost a pet, researchers decided to conduct an experiment/study. The study was carried out via the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. Here, researchers questioned pet owners about their feelings after the loss of their pet. The overwhelming general consensus was that pet owners experienced a great deal of emotional pain after the loss of a beloved pet.
Other research completed on this topic garnered some rather interesting results. A group of Hawaiian researchers found that the pain felt after the death of a pet lasted longer than the pain felt after the loss of a loved one. It’s universally agreed by many people that they simply cannot compare the pain that they experience after the loss of their pet to the one after the loss of a loved one. Both cause an incredible amount of emotional pain and sorrow, but there is a special kind of connection between pet owners and their pets. So much so, that many have referred to the connection between their pet(s) and themselves as ‘soulmate’ type connection.
Sadly, all pets do pass on, but it’s VERY important to have fun with our pets, love our pets and take the best care we can of our pets, while we still can. Love your pets as much as they love you!