Do Cats Cry Emotional Tears?

Have you seen your cat cry or get all teary eyed? Do you think cats cry because they have feelings?

Though there is no hard evidence to verify that cats crying is linked to emotions, there is enough poignant anecdotal evidence to show that the possibility of cats crying real tears cannot be disregarded.

Cats usually cry for medical reasons such as irritation (dust, dirt, etc), allergies, infections (upper respiratory infections or other tear duct related infections), or simply a scratch in the eye. Tearing is a natural reflex to help protect the eyes by flushing out the irritant and cleansing the surface of the eyes.

There is no scientific explanation on whether some of cats tears are caused by sadness, fear, depression or grievance, but cats do express their feelings in various other ways. When a cat is separated from its long time companion,  it often shows many signs that indicate depression such as loss of appetite, lethargy, loss of interest in toys or normal activities, decrease in grooming, withdrawal from people, decline in using the litter box and vocalizing more aggressively.

Not too long ago I received a letter from a child who said that whenever she cried, her cat Muffy would cry with her. The little girl’s parents ignored the story until one day after she had been punished the parents walked into her room and found two wet pillows and two wet faces. – Warren Eckstein

Do you believe that cats cry emotional tears?

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4 Responses to “Do Cats Cry Emotional Tears?”

  1. Becky says:

    my cat is deathly affraid of the vacuum cleaner. i usually put him in the bathroom and close the door and he hides in the closet and feels safe. the other day i forgot to put him up first. when i finished he was on top of the refridgerator shivering and crying real tears. they were streaming down his face like a child. there is no history of this EVER with him. he has no injuries or allergies. i have no doubt he was crying because he was affraid.

  2. Joy says:

    A mother cat I saved with her kitten from a kill shelter is crying right now. Sadly the 15 kittens had picked something up there and even treating them they didn't make it. Last night she waited until everyone was asleep and then the mother smothered it as she was slowly parting and giving up on herself. The mother cat is still in the crate crying over the last one parting. I've washed her eyes and everything to make sure it wasn't dirt or something and she is still in there crying. I feel so bad for her.

  3. Chelsey says:

    I once had two cats, Tiger and Boots. We got them both as kittens, from two differant litters. Not long after we got them, they became very close, and you'd rarely see one without the other. They played every day, ate out of the same bowl at the same time, and slept together in a toy pet bead that was too small for them. One day, right after boots turned one, he was hit by a car. It was Tiger that led me to his body by the road, I witnessed Tiger grooming his companion's coat, and by the time I got him back in the house he had tears in his eyes. After that, some days Tiger would sit in the bushes or look out the window and stare at the road, crying. He did this at random for almost a year, gladly, tiger seems to have recovered from depression. He is still here today, and at three years old, he behaves almost normally. Also, he was rubbing on me as I was wrighting this, but under his feline grin, I belive he still has a broken spirit.

  4. Kelly says:

    Tonight my kitten started SCREAMING and running away from my older cat. I didn’t hear them fighting but whatever he did absolutely terrified her. She had tears falling out of her right eye and was puffed up and shaking. My husband thought maybe he scratched her eye but this is why I doubt it: when she calmed down and then saw him again the whole scenario repeated. The tears that had dried up came back in both eyes this time. Poor thing.

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