Ask Alice: Do Pets Get Jealous? And Crazy Cat Dances

We think of our pets as family so when they get sick we panic and have a million questions. Well, no fear, Dr. Alice Weiss is here! Dr. Weiss has been working for 30 years as a licensed veterinarian and is here to answer any questions you may have about your best furry friends.

If you have a question for Dr. Alice about your pet, email it to:


Dear Dr. Alice,
When I pet my mom’s dog, my dog comes up and pushes my hand away from the other dog. He doesn’t get aggressive but clearly seems annoyed. Do dogs get jealous? Sincerely, Lover of All Dogs

Dear Lover of All Dogs,
Yes!! Dogs do get jealous. Some really CRAVE attention. Cats as well. Some will get very aggressive towards the other animal OR redirect the jealousy anger towards others–like the humans. So use both hands! and pet away.


Dr. Alice,
My cat is about 14 years old and has always been the easiest gal to take care of because she has never been sick. Lately, she will do what I call crazy dances. She’ll just start vocalizing and running around like her feet are on fire for about 10 minutes and then she’ll stop. She seems fine otherwise. She is eating and drinking, maybe even more than usual. It’s not like she seems sick, but she does seem a little ‘off.’ What are your thoughts? Sincerely, Crazy Dancer’s Mom


Dear Crazy Dancer’s Mom,
First, congratulations on the age of your older pet. Unfortunately, as everyone ages, a lot of our systems can go out of whack or just wear out. Like ligaments and eventually an organ or two. There are some hormone imbalances that also happen with age, and that may account for your dancer’s behavior. A lot of older cats have thyroid glands on over drive. And thankfully, there is medication that can help a lot of these geriatric issues. So, set up a medical appointment for your kitty. Even if they find nothing, the money will be well spent knowing there isn’t anything going on.

Read more of Dr. Alice’s sage advice here.

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Dr. Alice has spent her life embracing and advocating the animal human bond through her work as a traditional and a public health veterinarian, a writer, and vlogger on dogsenjoylife. Some people love expensive vacations and shopping but all Dr. Alice needs is time with her pets.

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