Do cats cry?

Various studies have been made on the behavior of cats. Reasons for a lot of the behaviors manifested by cats have come to light. However, up to this very day, the question whether a cat can cry has no definite answer. Many cat owners would answer in the affirmative. Cat owners believe that cats have emotions thus they are capable of crying. This belief though is not backed up by scientific proofs. Cats produce different vocalizations. Cat behaviorists believe that the howling of these animals is the same as the crying of humans. Yes, cats cry. There are in fact reasons why these animals cry. An observant pet parent may even see moisture on the cat’s eyes although skeptics assert that the moisture is not the same as the tears produced by humans.

How do cats cry? Cats make different vocalizations. A cat would purr, growl, hiss and meow. A pitifully and mournfully meowing cat is believed to be crying. Crying is indicative of physical, emotional and medical issues. Some breeds are known to be more vocal. Siamese cats, for instance are great talkers (and criers). This breed has the tendency to cry for no apparent reason. Siamese cats would cry simply to hear their own voice. If you are planning to get a Siamese cat for a pet be aware that this breed can disrupt your sleep. Once the cat has decided to vocalize, no amount of shhhhing would stop it from crying. Not all cats would cry on a whim. Most cats would cry for a reason. Crying is one mode of communication for cats and pet parents have to figure out why the cat is crying.

Physical reasons would make cats cry. Kittens would cry when they are cold and hungry. A baby cat would cry if it has crawled away from the queen. Grown up cats would cry too to let the owner know that it is hungry, cold or uncomfortable. Cats would cry when it is near feeding time or when it sees its owner eating. The crying cat is begging for food. Cats with emotional issues would do a lot of crying too. Boredom, loneliness, anxiety are possible reasons for the cat’s crying. Cats are known for their independent personalities. However, these not so affectionate animals can bond closely with the owner. A cat would cry to gain the attention of the busy owner. It is the cat’s way of saying “Please spend some time with me”. Crying can also be the cat’s way of greeting the owner. New situations like the introduction of a new pet or transferring to a new home would stress the pet. The unfamiliar environment, the presence of another animal would cause a cat with a nervous personality to cry. A once silent pet can suddenly turn into a crier. The loss of a playmate or the need to find potential sexual partners are possible reasons for the cat’s excessive crying. Crying can be due to a medical issue. Cats are adept at hiding their pain. Injured cats would often stay in dark corners. However, disorientation or mental confusion would make a cat cry plaintively. This condition commonly happens in aging cats.

The incessant crying of the pet can be very irritating. But instead of shouting and punishing the pet, cat owners should take the time to know the reason for the cat’s incessant crying. If the cat is simply seeking attention, it would be a good idea to spend some time with the pet. However, the owner should know when to say no to a pet that would cry to get what it wants. Needless to say, a cat that is crying because of medical concerns must have medical attention.