Once in a while, you would see cat videos around the globe about cats becoming overwhelmed with emotions that they sob. Maybe it happened to you as well – you gave your cat a new cat toy and your cat cat cries tears of joy. While it might be heartwarming and chances for ‘aww’ pictures, you should be actually worried if you cat sheds tears.


However, it doesn’t really diminishes their emotions – they just show it differently and uniquely compared to humans and even dogs. They can read their master’s emotions as well and will react appropriately as to how they think should be. Their feelings are subtle but noticeable:

  • Happy means they are energetic and playful. They will also purr a lot and become more affectionate with their humans.
  • Sad means they feel lethargic, silent, won’t interact with anyone or even with a toy, and eventually lose their appetite.
  • Angry or frightened cat will become hostile – they will hiss, claw you, and growl. If ever this happens, give them space and time to calm down. Ideally, they have a cat tree to rest on just to destress themselves and claw their tiny paws out.

But cats never cry due to emotion – it could be a serious health problem that you’re unaware of and can actually be dangerous if left untreated for a while. Crying from cats could be the first symptom that you need to watch out for. These are the reasons why your feline friend cries:

  • Infections
  • Dust in the eye
  • Injury from a cat fight
  • Clogged tear ducts
  • Corneal problems
  • Dry eye
  • Allergies
  • Respiratory infections
  • Pink eye
  • Structural issues

For the safety of your cat and you, make sure you go to the nearest vet and have them take care of your pet properly. Taking care of their health is important as they could be experiencing great pain and they can’t show it – or you don’t understand what it means. However, ideally, you can take them to the vet twice a month to ensure that they are doing fine.

As it is indeed safe to not touch your cat’s face while it is crying, you should wipe the beads of tears in its eye to avoid worsening its condition and crystallization of the tears as well. It’ll become hard enough for their eyes to shut close and would be a challenge to open them again. Here is what you should do:

  • Dip a clean cotton ball or a Q-tip in clean water and gently wipe away the tears, starting from the corner of the eye outwards. Always use a fresh cotton or Q-tip for each eye.
  • No flowery scented washes and products for now until your cat is fully healed and is no longer tearing up.

But aside from that, make sure you follow the vet’s orders and make sure you take the necessary measure to keep your cat healthy. After all, a healthy cat is a happy cat and they will show you their thanks in purrs!

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