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Do Cats Cry? Exploring the Science Behind Emotional Response

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Do Cats Cry?

Exploring the Science Behind Emotional Response

Cats are more than just cute and cuddly creatures to us at  SuperKittyCats; cats have complex emotional lives that require attention and care.

One question that many cat owners asked is do cats cry? The answer is yes and also no, but why? Read on to find out more.


Contrary to popular belief,  cats don't cry emotional tears like humans. However, they do  produce tears to lubricate their eyes, just like any other animal. So, when you see your cat's eyes watering, it's usually a sign that their eyes are not comfortable. It may be because of an  eye infection, allergies, or an injury. In some other cases, cats may also cry due to  pain or discomfort. If you notice your cat crying frequently, it's best to take them to the vet for a check-up.

Do cats cry when you cry?

Many cat owners have reported that their cats become more affectionate or offer comfort when they're feeling sad or upset. While cats may not understand human emotions like empathy or sympathy,  they can pick up on subtle changes in our behaviour and respond accordingly. So, they don't cry with you but if your cat cuddles up to you when you're crying, it's a sign that they're attuned to your emotional state and are seeking to comfort you in their own way.

What are the other reasons a cat cry?

We mentioned earlier, cats may cry tears due to an underlying health issue, such as an eye infection or injury. However, other behavioural changes can also indicate that your cat is crying, such as:

  • Increased vocalisation

  • Shaking

  • Hiding

  • Decrease in appetite

  • Decrease in activity and an increase in sleep

  • Change in litter box use

  • Change in grooming habits

  • Aggression

How do you know if a cat is crying?

Apart from watery eyes, there are a few other signs that can indicate that your cat is crying. For example, if you notice that your cat's  eyes are swollen or red, or if they're  blinking or squinting excessively, it's a sign that they're experiencing discomfort or pain. Additionally, if your cat is  producing a lot of discharge from their eyes or if they're pawing at their eyes,it's best to take them to the vet for a check-up.

In conclusion, while cats don't cry emotional tears like humans, they can cry due to health issues or discomfort. If you notice any changes in your cat's behavior or see that they're crying, it's essential to take them to the vet for a check-up to rule out any underlying medical issues. Remember to observe your cat's behavior closely, as they communicate with us in their own unique way. By understanding your cat's emotional and behavioral cues, you can build a deeper bond with them and ensure that they're happy and healthy.

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