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As much as we want to spend time with our pets, we can't devote every moment to them. Yes, they're huge parts of our lives, but there's work, shopping, and other nonsense we need to take care of. So every once in a while, we have to lift our hands from their furry tummies and focus our attention elsewhere.

However, the little rascals aren't always understanding. To showcase that, we at Bored Panda put together a list of pictures where cats, dogs, and other companion animals appear to be refusing to share their owners. Whether it's their threatening eyes or passive-aggressive paw placements, these goofballs seem to want everyone to know that their humans are theirs and no one else's.

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My Cat Cat Disapproves Of Human/Dog Love. I Didn't Even Know She Could Do That Face

My Cat Cat Disapproves Of Human/Dog Love. I Didn't Even Know She Could Do That Face

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This Is Roger. He Gets Jealous Of His Human Baby Brother. Acts Out By Stealing Pacifiers And Demanding To Be Held

This Is Roger. He Gets Jealous Of His Human Baby Brother. Acts Out By Stealing Pacifiers And Demanding To Be Held

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Despite these pictures and other anecdotal evidence, scientists have long struggled to identify emotions in animals, especially because of the difficulty in separating out biases and anthropomorphisms.

That being said, research is starting to suggest that jealousy, at least, is a "primordial" emotion that both people and some animals (particularly dogs and primates) share.

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GF And I Were Holding Hands. Then This Happened

GF And I Were Holding Hands. Then This Happened

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My Dane Is Jealous Of A Hamster Eating His Kibble

My Dane Is Jealous Of A Hamster Eating His Kibble

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Jealous Of The New Member Of The Home

Jealous Of The New Member Of The Home

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Before we dive in deeper, it's important to understand that while the terms jealousy and envy are sometimes used interchangeably, psychologists see them as two very different emotions.

Envy is thought to be a two-entity emotion that occurs when we lack something — whether it's a specific personal attribute or an object — that someone else has. Jealousy, on the other hand, requires a social triangle and emerges when someone or something threatens a special relationship.

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This Is Athena, She Is A 9-Year-Old Labrador. As You Can See She's A Chunker But She Gets Jealous When She Sees Our Smaller Dogs On Our Laps And Throws A Fit

This Is Athena, She Is A 9-Year-Old Labrador. As You Can See She's A Chunker But She Gets Jealous When She Sees Our Smaller Dogs On Our Laps And Throws A Fit

So of course I have succumbed to her commands.

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My In-Law's Dogs Posed So Well With My Wife For A Picture, But Our Dog Got Jealous And Wanted To Be In The Shot Too

My In-Law's Dogs Posed So Well With My Wife For A Picture, But Our Dog Got Jealous And Wanted To Be In The Shot Too

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This Is What Stages Of Jealousy Look Like

This Is What Stages Of Jealousy Look Like

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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That picture on the bottom left... Three other dog's expression never changes tho.

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Taking Photos Of My 5-Month-Old Baby And Sammy Got Jealous

Taking Photos Of My 5-Month-Old Baby And Sammy Got Jealous

I was squatting down to take pictures and my dog jumped up onto my leg and leaned in. I kept taking pictures. This was a later picture when he wasn't getting the attention he wanted so he got that hilarious desperate look in his eye.

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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Put them together, that cute dog and adorable baby would be perfect

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For someone to feel jealousy, they need to have the cognitive ability to recognize, at least on some level, the importance of a relationship and gauge potential threats to it — a tall order, no doubt.

In humans, research shows that infants as young as 6 months demonstrated it when their mothers interacted with another infant (which was, in reality, a realistic-looking doll). This suggests that jealousy can be an inborn (not learned) emotion that evolved to protect any type of social relationship from interlopers, and one that may exist in other social animals.

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4 Day Old Baby + A Jealous Cat = Cutest Snuggles

4 Day Old Baby + A Jealous Cat = Cutest Snuggles

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My Dog Got Way Too Jealous When I Was Cuddling With My Cat. Walked Over, Nudged Him Off Me, Then Just Laid On Top Of Him

My Dog Got Way Too Jealous When I Was Cuddling With My Cat. Walked Over, Nudged Him Off Me, Then Just Laid On Top Of Him

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He Gets Jealous When We Try To Play With His Buddy

He Gets Jealous When We Try To Play With His Buddy

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Mad Dragon
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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

“Only I am gorgeous enough to play with the pretty white floofball with the amazing eyes!”

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I Was Already Cuddling Joni, Then Nico Got Jealous And Plonked Himself On Top Of Her

I Was Already Cuddling Joni, Then Nico Got Jealous And Plonked Himself On Top Of Her

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In 2014, researchers at the University of California, San Diego modified human infant experiments, adapting them to man's best friend.

They found that dogs acted far more jealous when their owners interacted with a fake dog (petting it and treating it as if it were real) than with jack-o'-lanterns or books. In fact, one-third of the dogs tried to get in between their owners and the fake dog, and one-fourth of them even snapped at the fake dog.

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Someone Was Jealous

Someone Was Jealous

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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Someone important for the future of your relation is blessing you with holy paws,.

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My Niece Picked Her Name, So Meet Kiwi! That's Cruz Down There Jealous He Can't Also Be Carried Around

My Niece Picked Her Name, So Meet Kiwi! That's Cruz Down There Jealous He Can't Also Be Carried Around

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#17

I Think My Dog Is Jealous Of The Baby

I Think My Dog Is Jealous Of The Baby

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Scientists have also documented jealousy in coppery titi monkeys, a monogamous primate species.

In response to romantic rivals, male titi monkeys are known to become aggressive, place themselves between their mates and potential rivals, and occasionally physically restrain their mates to keep them from moving toward intruder males.

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Update On My Parents' Cat That Was Jealous Of The Grandbaby's Birthday Present. He Now Has His Own $30 Children's Chair, Just To Settle Things

Update On My Parents' Cat That Was Jealous Of The Grandbaby's Birthday Present. He Now Has His Own $30 Children's Chair, Just To Settle Things

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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

thats cute. but not to compare with grandpas love and storytelling time

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#20

My Pup Gets Jealous When I'm Photographing People And Feels The Need To Get Involved

My Pup Gets Jealous When I'm Photographing People And Feels The Need To Get Involved

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#21

Someone Was Jealous She Wasn't Getting Pats

Someone Was Jealous She Wasn't Getting Pats

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The scientists had male titi monkeys watch their mates interact with stranger males for 30 minutes as well as watch stranger females interact with stranger males for the same amount of time.

When observing their mates, the monkeys experienced increased levels of the hormones testosterone (associated with mate-related aggression and competition) and cortisol (an indication of social stress).

#22

Someone Is Jealous

Someone Is Jealous

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11 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is a face of pure jealous and frustration, the one eye closed slightly adds somehow lol

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My Brother-In-Law’s Dog Gets Jealous When They Take Monthly Pictures Of Their New Baby. So They Found A Solution

My Brother-In-Law’s Dog Gets Jealous When They Take Monthly Pictures Of Their New Baby. So They Found A Solution

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Someone Is Jealous Of The Attention My Baby Brother Was Getting

Someone Is Jealous Of The Attention My Baby Brother Was Getting

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Loverboy
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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cuddles from two adorable creatures, I see this as an absolute win

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The Cat Went For A Belly Rub. The Dog Got Jealous. Now This Is Happening

The Cat Went For A Belly Rub. The Dog Got Jealous. Now This Is Happening

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Brain scans also revealed the primates had heightened activity in an area associated with social exclusion in humans (the cingulate cortex) and another area associated with aggressive behavior (the lateral septum).

#26

Reached Over To Hold My Wife's Hand And Someone Immediately Got Jealous

Reached Over To Hold My Wife's Hand And Someone Immediately Got Jealous

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#27

Someone Was Jealous Of His Much Smaller Brother’s Bed. Yes, He Has His Own Perfectly Good Bed

Someone Was Jealous Of His Much Smaller Brother’s Bed. Yes, He Has His Own Perfectly Good Bed

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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And then he'll get jealous when his brother gets the much bigger bed. I'm worried how he's going to get out of there

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#28

Sophie To The Right Was A Little Jealous Meeting Her New Baby Sister Coco

Sophie To The Right Was A Little Jealous Meeting Her New Baby Sister Coco

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Uh-Oh, Looks Like Some Calf Is A Little Jealous Of Emmett Playing With The Rabbit

Uh-Oh, Looks Like Some Calf Is A Little Jealous Of Emmett Playing With The Rabbit

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Complementing these pictures, a large percentage of pet owners report consistent signs of jealousy in other domestic pets, including horses, birds, and cats.

For more "evidence", check out Bored Panda's earlier piece 50 Shameless Pets That Stole Their Owners’ Partners And Didn’t Even Feel Sorry About It.

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Tried To Take A Picture Of My Orchid. He Gets Jealous When I Give Anything Else Attention. See How He Lay Right Under The Flowers?

Tried To Take A Picture Of My Orchid. He Gets Jealous When I Give Anything Else Attention. See How He Lay Right Under The Flowers?

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Quick Sticks Feeling Very Zen In Her Special Whippet Coat. Please Ignore The Jealous Stares Of The Sausage In The Background

Quick Sticks Feeling Very Zen In Her Special Whippet Coat. Please Ignore The Jealous Stares Of The Sausage In The Background

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Went To Take A Picture Of My Puppy, And Captured My Jealous Cat In The Background

Went To Take A Picture Of My Puppy, And Captured My Jealous Cat In The Background

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My Husband Trying To Watch TV Last Night. Wimpy And Buddy Competing For The #1 Spot In The Bed. Guess Who Won

My Husband Trying To Watch TV Last Night. Wimpy And Buddy Competing For The #1 Spot In The Bed. Guess Who Won

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#35

My Uncle Found A Bird. His Cat Is Jealous

My Uncle Found A Bird. His Cat Is Jealous

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#36

Pretty Sure Somebody Is Jealous Of Our New Kitty

Pretty Sure Somebody Is Jealous Of Our New Kitty

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#37

My Husky Is Jealous Of My Fake Husky

My Husky Is Jealous Of My Fake Husky

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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Be careful, you might find your fake husky with it's stuffing ripped out.

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I Think My Cats Are A Little Jealous That I Am Outside With The Dog And Not Them

I Think My Cats Are A Little Jealous That I Am Outside With The Dog And Not Them

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#39

When The Two Friends You Introduced To Each Other Start Hanging Out Without You

When The Two Friends You Introduced To Each Other Start Hanging Out Without You

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We Got A New Cat. Let's Just Say That The Other One Was Very Jealous

We Got A New Cat. Let's Just Say That The Other One Was Very Jealous

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My Husband Telling Ferdinand, Our Senior Rescue Kitty, That He’s Now A Star After Over 115k Likes On His First-Ever Post. And The Dog, Well, The Dog Is Jealous

My Husband Telling Ferdinand, Our Senior Rescue Kitty, That He’s Now A Star After Over 115k Likes On His First-Ever Post. And The Dog, Well, The Dog Is Jealous

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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know people love their pets even when they use them for likes. Personally I don't like this kind of title very much.

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Every Morning My Stepdad's Cat, Shiba, Sits On His Lap And Reads The Paper With Him. Back At Christmas, My Stepdad Met His Granddaughter For The First Time

Every Morning My Stepdad's Cat, Shiba, Sits On His Lap And Reads The Paper With Him. Back At Christmas, My Stepdad Met His Granddaughter For The First Time

And Shiba got a little jealous.

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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

lovely picture. ....you can't replace someone just like that. on human or cat. but you can add someone else. there might be room for both.

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#43

My Doggo, Willow, Got Jealous That I Was Taking A Pic Of My Swans And Not Her

My Doggo, Willow, Got Jealous That I Was Taking A Pic Of My Swans And Not Her

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#45

My Wife's Dog, Koda, Jealously Guarding Her While She Sleeps. Best Pup

My Wife's Dog, Koda, Jealously Guarding Her While She Sleeps. Best Pup

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I Think Someone’s Jealous

I Think Someone’s Jealous

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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The husky/melamine head lurking in the background is a regular theme in this post.. Could start a thread of its own!

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I Am Such A Jealous Cat When It Comes To Time With My Dad Lately

I Am Such A Jealous Cat When It Comes To Time With My Dad Lately

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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It took me way too long to realize it was a rabbit and not a heavily deformed cat in his lap

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Why Are You Petting Him And Not Me?

Why Are You Petting Him And Not Me?

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Why Is He Getting All The Attention?

Why Is He Getting All The Attention?

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