Jealousy is not just a human trait; our pets feel it acutely too. Life overwhelms us with responsibilities and we don't get to spend as much time as we would like with our pets. And then, pets tend to get moody and feel jealous.
"There is ample evidence that pets become emotionally attached to their owners, as seen in the distress they exhibit when owners leave them alone and the grief behavior that is sometimes observed when owners die," per Aeon. "Owners of pets report that the degree of jealousy they observe in cats and dogs varies with how much the cats and dogs like their owners. This observation might also explain why people think dogs are more jealous than cats since generally, dogs are more attached to their owners than cats are," per a SAGE Journals article. No matter what the study says, both felines and canines exhibited jealous behavior when their owners were busy with something else or when a third person (or creature) came into their lives.
These 25 pictures of cats and dogs acting uber-possessive about their humans and being total goofballs had us in splits. Scroll through and enjoy the hilarious cuteness.
1. "Get away, he's mine."
2. Jealous of the new member
3. That face
4. Succumb to her demands
5. Gets jealous and steals human baby's pacifiers
This is Roger. He gets jealous of his human baby brother. Acts out by stealing pacifiers and demanding to be held. 12/10 would meet these demands pic.twitter.com/ce7YuxzmKD— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) September 10, 2018
6. Two babies in need of attention
7. Someone was jealous
8. Dog is jealous of baby
9. That dog's face
10. Someone's demanding attention
12. Took us a second, hahaha
13. Needed the same chair as the baby
14. Jealous of a belly rub
The cat went for a belly rub. The dog got jealous. Now this is happening. pic.twitter.com/ICOAGUBFdM— Victoria/V.E. Schwab (@veschwab) August 22, 2017
15. "No, send this thing back."
16. Those side-eye stares
17. Jealous of an orchid plant
18. "Shoo the dog away."
19. Cannot choose one.
20. Husky is jealous of fake husky
21. Them jealous stares
23. Focus on me hooman
25. Why is he getting all the attention?
Why is he getting all the attention?! #Jealous #CatsOfTwitter pic.twitter.com/yrYGzffJ6q— Derrick and Malcolm (@KaySheedy) June 24, 2021