When you have a new puppy or kitten, they may be heart-sick. Gone are the days when we look at animals as soul-less appendages. Puppies and kittens miss their litter mates. They may get lonely for them. Many puppies feel like captives with their new owners until they get to a dog park and realize that everyone has their own human.
It does puppies good to see other dogs with their owners. The new owner should talk about the babies feeling with him during cuddle sessions and validate them. Tell them all the siblings have their own people too. The baby thinks that their litter mates and mama are all together somewhere living life without them. The sensitive kind, need an understanding. It will help acclimate them to the family, instead of having them bury the wound of leaving their birth family.
Even if you’re not the first owner. Many animals who have behavioral issues are carrying this wound of separation. You can be the one to heal it. Simply by explaining. There is nothing more painful than the void of believing you are missing out. You can spare your fur baby from this. It is not always the case but it the ones that it is, it is excruciating if not debilitating. I have had very old pets, still wonder about their litter mates. It is like ruminating the glory days to them.
People need to be more sensitive when separating the puppies and kitties. It is a shock to their psyche. It will help if new humans talks about how all loved puppies or kitties get their own people. It is a new concept but shouldn’t be. As humans become more aware and sensitive, so do their pets.