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:
- Dust in the eye
- Injury from a cat fight
- Clogged tear ducts
- Corneal problems
- Dry eye
- 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!
Cats are often seen as aloof and independent. They are often seen to be doing their thing, without company by their sides, which leads people to think that these furry felines prefer to live alone. Although it’s true that they’re mostly solitary, cats don’t really favor, or like, being alone.
They like to have space to function on their own, while having a family who’ll always be there for them. One example that proves cats aren’t really solitary creatures is the fact that they sleep with their owners. There are a lot of reasons as to why cats decide to sleep beside us, and we’ll talk about 5 of them here.
For a Source of Warmth
Have you ever noticed your cat(s) sleeping on your laptops? Or have you seen them sleep in areas where slivers of sun are present? Ever wondered why they do it? Turns out cats actually crave for warmth. Humans are warm, and cats love to snuggle with us from time to time, so they could get that extra amount of comfortability and relaxation they’re looking for.
They Feel Comfortable
Sometimes, cats just want to be 100% comfortable and at ease. Just like any creature, cats look for the things that make them feel comfortable, and bring them pleasure. There are moments when they feel this best when they’re around humans, able to feel our warmth and presence.
They Feel Secure with You
Cats don’t like being vulnerable, and they are often at their most vulnerable when they’re fast asleep. With this in mind, they often prefer sleeping on high places, to avoid any attacker from taking advantage of them. When they sleep with you, this means that they feel secure around you, and like to have around to keep them safe and sound.
It’s a Territorial Thing
Have you ever thought that maybe cats think that you’re the one sleeping on their bed? Cats are innately territorial, which means sleeping on your bed is how things should be, simply because the bed is their territory. To them, it’s you who are sleeping on their bed, which has a good meaning to it because this means they trust you enough to share a bed with you.
You are Part of the Family
Our feline companions thrive on attention, but not just anyone’s attention. What they’re looking for is attention from the ones they consider family, which basically means the ones they love. If they’re comfortable sleeping with you, this means that they treat you as part of the family, and that they love you just like one.
No matter what the reason, having your cat sleep with you is definitely a good thing. It lets you bond and strengthen the kind of relationship you share with each other. But you should also consider whether or not you have an allergy, or if they spend a lot of time outside. Give them a regular bath as well, so you could make sleeping beside each other a pleasant experience for both of you.
We all know that giving our trust to other people is not that easy. We get apprehensive, and we put up defenses to keep them from getting too close for comfort. Trusting is scary because it makes us vulnerable, and it opens us up to the possibility of getting hurt.
Cats have the same apprehensions too, and they’re mostly for the same reasons as well. Our feline friends don’t just allow anyone into their lives because they don’t want to risk getting attacked (predatory instinct at play). The first thing we have to do is gain their trust, and these 5 simple ways will help you get it.
Time is a Valuable Thing
Getting them comfortable, and showing them that you mean no harm, should be your first priority. You won’t be able to gain their trust if you’re constantly aggressive with showing your affection. To them, this might look like a deliberate act of an attack, which might make them retaliate. Give them time to get used to you, and show them that you mean no harm, first.
Your Presence Should Spell the Word “Positive”
We’re not talking about the kind of positive that makes up a person’s outlook in life. What we mean is that whenever you’re around, a cat must consider your presence as a positive thing. You can do this by bringing them food, by petting them respectfully, by playing with them and by making them feel secured, whenever you visit.
Punishment is not the Answer
If your goal is to gain the trust of a cat, then you need to be kind to them. Again, the reason why cats tend to distrust other animals is because they simply want to protect themselves. Punishing them would only amplify their fear of getting hurt, so you have to be gentle. Positive reinforcement of the positive traits (actions) they do is what works best here.
Get Those Cat Toys Out Because it’s Play Time!
Playing is a form of intimate bond that cats do to their families, especially during their younger days. They use play-fight, for hunting practice, and for entertainment. Playing with them will help you build trust, as they slowly accept you as someone whom they can share this intimate bond with.
Shower them with Affection
Contrary to popular belief, cats actually crave for affection. They’re just not good at showing it because they can’t afford to show weakness. To gain their trust, shower them with affection, but only when they want to receive it. Never impose, or force them to receive it because they might misinterpret it. If you find them being sweet, then pet them and talk to them gently.
Gaining the trust of a cat takes a lot of effort and time. It takes a lot of patience and understanding as well, due to the fact that cats might come off as aloof sometimes. However, their trust is worth all the trouble, and once they give it to you, they turn to one of the sweetest creatures on Earth.
From internet videos and memes to your usual household cats, it seems they have one thing in common – their love for anything that resembles a box. Place a comfy pet bed on the floor next to the box and eventually, they will love the box more than the fluffy and obviously softer bed. It makes you think as to why would your cat choose the box over some expensive seating or bed you bought for them, and you can’t seem to fathom why.
Although it’s fun to watch your cat turn completely liquid and fit in almost impossible spaces, it still quite a mystery why cats would go through all that trouble. But contrary to popular belief, cats actually has a reason why they would try to fit themselves in a tiny box. They will actually test out the “I fit, I sit” logic and will try their hardest to fit in almost any container.
The real reason is because of the instinctual behaviour in cats that never goes away even after a long time of domestication. They are always ready to pounce and attack whenever they are threatened, and it’s mostly out of their instinct. Never be offended if your cat arches its back on you after stepping on their tail – it’s their reflex and they are basically miniature hunters in your house.
The cardboard box that they usually stay in is actually a defense mechanism for them – a perfect cover and place to run into whenever they need to hide from enemies. Through the box, they feel snug and safe from possible ambush from predators that lurks around the house. Especially when you’ve just adopted a kitty, it will take a while for your furbaby to get used to the surroundings and with you. For a cat, everything is dangerous and needs their utmost attention – everything must be within their radius and their field of vision. They will be extra defensive, but they will loosen up when they get used to you.
This is the same thing with cats hiding under beds and couches – they are scared with the new environment and get nervous when they are there. They will probably attack anything that passes through them as they view this as a threat – a common thing for new felines. They are basically ninjas – they want to see everything while being in the shadows, and pounce once they think they’re discovered.
Don’t take it to heart when your kitty cat choose the box over your impressive pet bed and tree you got for them – it’s mainly because of instinct. It may seem ridiculous and hilarious for you, but it’s something they are used to and are comfortable with. Just take your time and they will eventually get used of the bed, but don’t be too surprised if they choose the box again!
Stress can take a toll on a person’s physical and mental health. However, humans aren’t the only one affected by this phenomenon. In fact, our very own furry friends might be hiding a lot of stress underneath that calm and playful exterior which can result to a myriad of health problems. If you feel your cat might “acting weird”, it could be a sign of stress. Here are some signs to watch out for.
This includes diarrhea, constipation, and other vomiting. Digestive issues usually mean that your cat may be lacking some nutritional requirements. Additionally, it could also be a sign that they may have eaten something suspicious.
Loss of Appetite
Other than digestive issues, loss of appetite could be a sign that something is wrong. If your cat ignores their favourite treat or stops eating altogether, it may be a sign that your cat has an underlying medical issue.
Scratching is one way for cats to relieve stress and stretch out their joint and back muscles. However, excessive scratching may indicate signs of parasites or certain behavioural issues like anxiety or hostility towards a new environment.
Cats are usually neat when it comes to defecating and urinating. For cats who are litterbox-trained, it can be surprising to see them pee anywhere other than their litter box. This is a sign that your cat is probably trying to tell you that something is wrong.
Many cats get a reputation of being aloof and indifferent species but that is not necessarily true. Like dogs, cats require affection and likes to be close to their owners now and then. If your cat is actively ignoring you and other people, it can be a sign of anxiety and nervousness.
Aggression Towards Other Animals
Cats don’t usually show signs of aggression unless they are provoked or defending themselves. However, signs of aggression towards other animals and people could be a sign of a stressed or sick cat.
Like humans, our cats can also be affected by stress. When not taken care of right away it can lead to more serious medical and behavioural problems. In some cases, like excessive scratching and picky eating, some measures can be taken to treat these problems right away. For instance, excessive scratching may be a sign that your indoor cat is bored and requires more exercise. To remedy this, consider getting a feather toy or make your own DIY cat toy to stimulate their senses and reduce their stress. Additionally, cats who are notoriously picky eaters may benefit from switching to a different food source.
While it certainly isn’t easy to spot signs of stress from our cats (After all, we aren’t mind readers!), careful monitoring and consideration can help us make the right decisions. While some of these signs can be treated, your best bet would be to consult with your veterinarian or a cat behavior specialist so your cat can get a more effective treatment. Remember to ask questions once you schedule an appointment with the vet!