Whenever a family pet dies, people grieve. When a pet owner dies, the pets may also grieve over the loss, and whenever a pet dies, a surviving pet may also have difficulty coping up.
Pet grief exists but it is not the same as the grief that a person experiences, and it may not also be as deep like what humans feel. It’s not also present in every case.
According to Barbara J. King, a professor of anthropology at Virginia’s College of William & Mary who specializes in animal behavior, the most common signs of grief are loss of appetite, social withdrawal, and regular visits of places that were meaningful.
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