Do animals suffer?

I was sitting outside earlier watching some birds flying around and it started me thinking. Do other animals suffer from depression and anxiety?

The birds always seem so happy, singing and flying around without a care in the world. Most fly somewhere hot for the winter and I’m not sure they have been affected by the whole lockdown situation. They still appear to be gathering socially in large groups. They don’t Have the stress of working, shopping, worrying about keeping up with the latest fashion . Food is free and they don’t need cars to travel in.

Cats. Now I have seen some fairly pissed off looking cats in my time, especially Persian cats. However I don’t think they would suffer like humans do. They are normally well looked after, pampered even. A normal day for a cat would be, wake up and be fed breakfast, have a sleep, go for a run around, have a sleep, have a fuss made of them, have a sleep…… Not really a lifestyle the would induce depression or anxiety.

Dogs. Now I guess in the past couple of months dogs could be depressed. Not having the same amount of walks or the frequent visitors to make a fuss of them. They are however constantly told they are a good/girl and they normally have a pretty good lifestyle and are well looked after. They only have to look at you and you will normally share what you are eating.

Hamsters. Now I know most pet hamsters live in relatively small cages and are denied freedom, but the ones I’ve seen all look happy to me. All they need is somewhere to sleep, food and a wheel to run around in.

Pigs. Now i know very little about pigs, however I’m sure you’ve all heard the phrase “as happy as a pig in shit”, it must be based on something surely?

Obviously all of the above is lighthearted, but it would be nice to know if it is just humans that get depressed and have anxiety.

Stay strong, you’ve got this.

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Hi, I’m Martin. 47 years old, living in Suffolk. I have three amazing grown up children. I have the best family and friends in the world. I am a football fan, love going to the gym and I am a motorcycle pilot. I’ve had mental health problems all of my life. This site is about my past, present and future. I’m hoping to make it easier for people to be able to speak freely about mental health. It can affect anyone at anytime.
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