Do cats cry? And if they do, is it in the same way humans shed tears? Let’s discuss this below and see how a crying cat can be helped.
Cat behavior (and any other animals for that matter) has always been an enigma. However, cats communicate their feelings and needs in a quite explicit way that can be read easily through intense observation. Feline vocalizations have been the focus of many studies conducted by different scientists to help us better understand our cats.
Do cats cry?
Do cats cry? Like humans?
Do cats cry like humans? Even though their eyes can water and a few tears may be shed, it is not due to anything emotional. Veterinarian Dr. Sheri Morris stressed, in an article submitted to the Parade magazine, that cats tear up but only due to an injury or illness.
It can also be due to allergies, strong perfumes, and smells like the ones of disinfectant cleaners or even some fruits. Taking the cat to the vet might be the best solution when you notice its watery eyes. Cat behaviorist Mishelle Nagelschneider shares the same view and insists that cats’ eyes water due to something bothering them rather than an emotional reaction.
Diversity of cats crying sounds
After the previous part, you’re probably wondering “then HOW do cats show distress?” It is exclusively through different cries. In a video uploaded to YouTube called 7 Sounds Cats Make and What They Mean, the cries are divided into two types: yowling and mewling.
On the one hand, the video explains that the yowling can refer to frustration over breach of territory or even a call for mating. On the other hand, the mewling is usually related to kittens’ cries for their mothers.
Do kittens cry?
Aside from the example mentioned above, a kitten may also cry out when they are afraid, cold, or starved.
When cats cry, are the causes environmental or emotional?
Stress is a big factor behind cats crying. Therefore, since changes in the environment may cause stress, the place where the cat lives is crucial too. You may not see the new bed or dresser as harmful, but it can be considered a threatening enemy by your cat.
Does the crying become more often the older the cat gets?
As they mature, cats may become louder, more aggressive, and often more demanding! In addition to that, cognitive dysfunction and problems with memory may lead to confusion, which, in turn, leads to a crying cat.
Can a cat crying be an indication of a health problem?
Yes. Illnesses and health issues are among the causes of cats crying. The diversity of reasons behind the cries of a cat may confuse the owners, but if the crying is very loud, it can mean the cat is suffering through some kind of pain. Cats cannot express what is hurting them and where as humans do, so a cat that is crying excessively may be an indication of something wrong.
Here is what to do if your cat is crying:
- Check its body for any injuries
- Check its mouth in case something is stuck between its teeth
- Check its ears in case an insect has gotten inside
- Check if its breathing is normal and steady
- Check the way it walks (if there is any limping then maybe something is stuck in its paw)
- Check the litter box and whether there is any blood with its waste
- Check its private parts for any weird liquids (pus for example)
If the cat is not hurt then what now?
After checking the cat and finding out it is healthy, you can look for environmental factors that might have been causing it to stress and cry.
- Did you buy new furniture that might be scaring it?
- Have you changed the cat litter? A new litter box? A new bed? Maybe new toys that the cat is not yet familiar with?
- Are you trying out a new brand of cat food?
- Are there new pets wandering about the neighborhood?
- Are there strangers around? Maybe a new roommate? Guests?
How to help a crying cat?
Evidently, after getting answers about why your cat is crying, you would want to know what you could do to help. First things first, do not scold your cat when it is crying. you might think it is annoying, but it can mean something very serious. If the crying persists, you might want to check with a vet.
Try to create a safe place for it. If you are doing some construction work in your house, for example, the heavy sounds of the machinery (and the presence itself of the workers) might frighten your cat. Put it in your bedroom along with its food and water bowls and maybe some of its favorite toys.
If the suggestions mentioned above do not help and the cat is still crying, you should definitely take it to the vet to make sure it is healthy and not suffering any internal pains.