What emotions do animals have?

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Aside from the physical feeling of being hurt, hungry or petted; do animals feel emotions; like love, loneliness, grieving, etc. What emotions do you think they don't have?

I happen to love dogs. Small or large, mutt or AKC registered, long hair short hair doesn't really matter. Right now I have a 6 and a 7 pound Yorkie. One is registered the other is not. We got him from one of those dreadful puppy farms. He was just livestock to the people who had him. He lived outside and was allowed with the other animals to take shelter in the barn during the winter. I picked him up and laid his head on my shoulder, where he stayed peacefully and calmly for the next hour as I pulled stickers off him. I don't think he had ever been bathed. He was two years old and had never been given a name. He was just stud dog #!.
Our female Yorkie we had since she was barely 7 weeks old. It was just my husband and I and she was the center of our world. Her first two years were very different than his. My husband named her Cookie and he named the new member of our family Cracker.
I had heard people talk about dogs being grateful for being rescued. I had some serious doubts that dogs were capable of showing gratitude. I knew Cookie had taught us to read her signals when she was hungry, wanted outside or wanted to play. We knew she was very excited when my husband came home from work. We knew when we gave her attention she was happy and we knew she was sad when we were not. But, gratitude just seemed too far fetched.
One time Cookie had an abscessed tooth and when she got back from the vet's all she wanted to do was have me hold her. With each exhale she made a whimpering or crying sound. Poor thing, and the more I baby talked to her the more desperate the whimpering got. It finally dawned on me that I was reinforcing her behavior. So when I told her that was enough now go play, she did and seemed happy to do so.
I knew dogs felt emotions but I still had my doubts about them feeling gratitude. Cracker taught me differently. I have read that a dog will become depressed if he sees other dogs repeatedly getting a treat but he doesn't get one. I do believe now that dogs must feel all kinds of emotions.


Different types of animals have been shown to have different emotions.

Generally we tend to think of only mammals having emotions, such as elephants who mourn their dead, and dogs who love their owners, and cats who get jealous of other cats, and Arabian horses holding their tails over their back as they run and show pure joy.

Emotions have been observed in other animals too.

A tortoise (or turtle, I cannot remember) was recently seen displaying empathy towards another tortoise that had been flipped over and it tried to help.

Many species of bird have been observed to show affection to their partner and to their young.

Even a fish was shown to have empathy towards another fish, in a science experiment done on goldfish one learned to swim a maze and then actually taught another fish how to swim the maze too!

We, as humans, like to think we are the only ones with emotions because it makes it easier for us to treat other animals in the way we do.

I am certain that even flies and mosquitoes want to live just as much as we do. While their brains might not have room for all the emotions we have they do have some emotions and thoughts.


My husband and I have always had animals. Now we have lots of cats, and one of them came for a car journey with us today, and he was so funny, he was very emotional, very caring and very funny. He sat on everyones knee when we stopped and showed his affection for each and every one of us.

All of our cats show their love and loyalty to us, as did our dogs. They were jealous, that was one big emotion, if one dog got a little bit more attention, then there would be a big fuss. They were protective, and instinctive, they wanted to guard us.

They show sadness, fear, happiness and they let us know when they don't feel well.


Unfortunately it is very complicated to answer this question not to say it is impossible to answer this question because we actually don't know. We can only observe the way they behave and we can speculate we can come up with different the your it's but we really don't know what they are truly experiencing because we don't live inside their brains and there is no way for us to actually connect to their brains.

It's impossible for me to tell how you feel and it's impossible for me to tell what you're thinking right. The same applies to every other human being or species.


All mammals have emotions although they most certainly have no awareness of them or their meaning. A dog has no idea what love is although it certainly does feel the connection and withdrawal associated with what we call love. Dogs are empathic too and understand when other organisms are feeling emotions like sadness. Talk to anyone who has had to put down their dog because of a terminal illness and they'll tell you that dogs have emotions. They can tell it's coming just by looking at their owners.


It is hard to know for sure since animals can't speak to us, but it seems like some animals like dogs, cats, and horses seem to experience similar emotions to humans. They can feel lonely, sad, hungry, pain, and love. That's why cats and dogs always follow their owners to get attention and affection. Also animals have love life's and want to mate just like we do.