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FAQ of the Day: Do Cats Cry Real Tears?

By April 1, 2014

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A reader wrote:

I have a really bizarre question for you that I have not found on your site - can cats cry when upset? Are they capable?

This FAQ was created in 2006 when someone emailed a similar question, and you'll see my response was in the negative. Since then, this blog has gone viral, with the anecdotal comments overwhelmingly in the positive, as evidenced in all the comments since I first posted this FAQ. I simply can't ignore these comments.

What about it? Do you think cats cry for emotional reasons? Read my reply, vote in the poll, then feel free to add your comments below to the growing string of comments, both pro and con. You may also post your thoughts and experience with this User Answer form.


April 27, 2006 at 7:07 pm
(1) Sira says:

Hey, I have had this happen once. My cat had jsut gotten in a bunch of trouble, and when I went to find her she was hiding under our piano with tars in her eyes. She was crying! It was the first time I had ever seen it!

April 28, 2006 at 8:04 am
(2) Tami says:

I had a male cat back in the early 1990s, we took him to the vet for a check up and to say the least he did not want to be there. As I held him gently on the table tears ran down his face. It was the only time he ever cried and I have yet to see any of my other cats do the same. He now lives in Ontario and is 17 years old.

April 29, 2006 at 8:43 am
(3) Kristi in Maine says:

My cat broke a bone in her foot. Today is her first morning after being splinted. She knows she cannot go outside (she cannot climb trees in this state nor protect herself otherwise). She was up on the window seat looking out.I saw something on her face. She never has eye gunk. I went to wipe it and it was a puddle of “tears” so much so that some fell onto the surface upon which she was perched.I’ve had other cats for more than 20 years and have never seen this. Prompted me to do a search for “DO CATS CRY” which lead me to this page.

May 1, 2006 at 10:07 am
(4) Terra Smith says:

Yes I have seen cats cry my kitted (Cloudy) was upset becouse she saw a person that looked like the person who had broken her jaw and abandonded her before i found her she started meowing like she was scared and curled up in my lap real tightly in a ball and started crying so just becouse you’ve never seen it dont doubt it cats do cry its somthing that once you’ve seen you never want to see it again

May 2, 2006 at 10:10 am
(5) Jessica says:

My cat gets tears in her eyes fairly often. I first noticed it when I had been out of town for a while, so I thought she was really upset. I always notice it when I take her to the vet, after she’s been in the car, which she hates. I assumed that since it happened during times when she was really upset that they were real tears. My vet noticed this once, and I mentioned that I thought she really cried, and the vet laughed at me. She said she had a clogged tear duct, and sometimes stress can activate it. I noticed after that it does only come out of one eye.

May 3, 2006 at 7:22 pm
(6) Alem says:

Yes, before 20 years we had beautiful male cat, 1 year old ,when we must left him to neibors, he as knew that will be lefted for ever, had eyes full of tears, was very quiet and sad. We never could forget this.

May 4, 2006 at 2:59 pm
(7) Cheryl Smith says:

Sounds more like Rhino than tears to me! I think cats have emotions and show them in their behavior. They are quiet and withdrawn when depressed; possibly they also act out like a small child and get wild or mean with their companion cats. I don’t want them to be able to cry! I want them to just enjoy life and be the supreme felines they were meant to be!

May 4, 2006 at 9:03 pm
(8) Rosemary says:

Oh Dear God…please don’t let any cats I know cry, let along my sweet baby Sonsy. I’ve never seen a cat cry and I’ve had cats as long as I’ve had siblings (45 years). Maybe it’s possible, but they exhibit their emotions so fully…If I ever saw tears in my kitty’s eyes when she was sad, somebody would have to call 911 for me.

May 4, 2006 at 11:09 pm
(9) Patiance says:

i have a cat that i found over two years ago and right after i brought her home i took her to the vet for her first visit she had to have all the shots and tests to bring her up to date, while we were their i was holding her and she had tears on her face.

May 6, 2006 at 6:46 am
(10) Bethanie Cole says:

i opened my door to find my cat crying
with a bleeding ear,

May 6, 2006 at 10:07 am
(11) Lonney says:

I had a cat called Sing Sing (she liked to meow frequently) who was very expressive. One day when she was a kitten some relatives came to visit, and when they were leaving we were holding her out the front of our house to wave goodbye. They thoughtlessly beeped their horn, which scared her out of her wits, and she fought her way free, falling and hitting her head. She was scared, and of course hurt, and she cried for a few minutes, while meowing in an upset sounding way. My first thought was that the hit to her head was the cause, but the vet said other than a sore head, she had no physical reason to have cried. She never did it again, however.

May 9, 2006 at 3:07 am
(12) Jill Friedman says:

I had an adult mail cat about 20 years ago. We took him to the vet to be neutered. When we took him home afterward he had tears streaming out of his eyes and he seemed unhappy. However, at the timeI assumed that it was caused by the anesthetic or some other medical cause, because I had heard that only humans cry tears when upset.

May 22, 2006 at 1:47 am
(13) brenda says:

how can i prevent my cat from jumping over my 6 foot fence in backyard??

November 4, 2011 at 10:57 am
(14) Mary-Mary says:

Don’t look behind you.

June 14, 2006 at 2:50 am
(15) Wendy says:

Today I was petting our very demanding and affectionate cat with my left hand. The newer dog was on my right and I was petting him. He began to bark at the cat. She closed her eyes and hissed at him, went up on her shelf, and tears were streaming down her little face for several minutes. I petted her and reassured her. It was so sad that I also cried. She was stressed out by the dog’s barking, and felt infringed upon by the new addition to the family. It was clear and very sad to witness.

June 16, 2006 at 10:53 am
(16) Laura says:

i left my kiten on his own in the lounge whilst i went to the other room, it was for about half an hour later when i went back in and he looked very upset!! he had tears coming out of his eyes and i wiped them away and more came out!! it was so upsetting!!

July 6, 2006 at 3:25 pm
(17) Lynne says:

Cats definitely cry – usually due to being in pain. For 3 weeks before our 18 yr old Gigi passed away unexpectedly, she had tears running down her face. Our vet later determined that stomach cancer, a very painful disease,was the cause. Now our tough guy, Mr. Greylegs, lost his appetite and has begun shedding tears also. We have had every test, xray, ultrasound avail and do not know what the problem is, only that he must be in great discomfort. Naturally we are extremely concerned and worried about him.

September 6, 2006 at 1:09 am
(18) joseph says:

I let my one year old cat out in yard. I started doing that just recently. He almost never leaves the back yard, but when he does its for about a half hour or so.
Well today he stayed out for almost 7 hrs! When he finally came back home I noticed something weird in his face… tears! He did look a little stressed like a vet would expect.
I havent done any scientific study or anything but doesnt stress make humans cry too?
Oh and by the way I too started looking this topic up because I had no idea that cats cried.

September 10, 2006 at 11:57 am
(19) Meta Geske says:

I have two Maine coons and one of them, Bear, cries. I left him at the vet for dental care, but they called and said they couldn’t work on him because his nose was running and his eyes were watery which made them think he was coming down with a virus. When I picked him up he truly looked terrible, but the minute he was back in the house, his eyes cleared up and he was fine, so I attributed the “watery eyes” to stress. However, yesterday I took him to the groomer to have a small patch of matted fur shaved away. When picking him up, I visited with the groomer for a bit, and then she noticed Bear had begun to tremble a bit and he was sniffling; she said, “He is crying”. On arriving home, he went from his kennel to a place under the back seat and cried and cried. Big tears rolled down his cheeks. I tried to make up with him, but he would do his best to avoid looking at me. It took a couple of kleenex and about 20 minutes of coaxing before he stopped and would finally come out of the car. Some cats do cry.

October 1, 2006 at 1:15 pm
(20) Brenda says:

My cat went into kidney failure recently, with one kidney recently.working now… He has kidney stones, and when he is in pain, tears pour down his face. I lay with him, hold him and sometimes cry with him cause I can’t do much for him besides pain meds and antibiotics. CATS DO CRY!!

October 10, 2006 at 12:50 am
(21) christie says:

i came across this topic because of a similar scenario…

my beloved cat jael had her first litter about two and a half months ago, and have had to get rid of the kittens because my appartment is very cramped as it is. four of the five kittens were given away in one day.

for the first few days after the kittens were gone, jael would meow in front of the refrigerator, under which the kittens used to hide. more recently she had seemed to be over it, but the other night i heard her meow once in the kitchen, and when i went to check up on her she was in front of the refrigerator, and had tears in her eyes. not just runny eyes, but like, tears.

it was heartbreaking.

October 10, 2006 at 2:09 pm
(22) Solitaire says:

I have had to leave my 6 mo. old kitten and dog alone while I work lately. She loves the dog. Then I had to take the dog to my mother’s and the kitten spent her first day all alone. She was ecstatic when I returned. The next morning, the dog still gone, I had been playing with the kitten, but I had to go to work, so I picked up the keys. I locked up the house and walked over to say goodbye, and two big tears were falling, one from each eye.
To me, it was obvious. Cats do cry. To imagine that an animal with volitile emotions and tear ducts don’t cry is pure human hubris. We’re not THAT different! Emotions + pain + tearducts = tears.

October 11, 2006 at 7:37 am
(23) Patricia says:

I had a big black tom cat some years ago with whom I had a very special bond. He had to have an op on his ear because of a fight he’d got into. The vet refused to give me painkillers for him stating that they wouldn’t do any good, & would slow down the healing process. I found him sitting on the table staring out the window when I got home from work the next day. When I called him, he turned to look at me with huge golden eyes filled with tears & pain. It made me cry. It was dreadfully frustrating & painful watching him suffer. He made a full recovery, but I don’t think my heart ever did.

October 27, 2006 at 2:48 am
(24) Steve says:

My wife left us 6 weeks ago. She has been over only twice in the last 3 weeks. About an hour after both times that she left, my smarter cat, Albert, who is quite ferrel had tears in his eyes. I know he misses her because he has become clingy. He knows that she doesn’t live here any more and seeing her, I believe makes him sad. My other cat, Rolly, who is not that bright just looks around for her for a long time.

November 1, 2006 at 1:00 pm
(25) sheri says:

one of my cats of thirteen years died. I found her after a stroke (her back legs paralyzed and in tremendous pain) and the vet had to put her down. It was the very first day my other cat spent at home alone without the other cat. When I returned home and settled down. The remaining cat came and sat on my lap. She was looking at me and then tilted her head down for a while. When she looked back up at me her eyes were filled with tears. I have never seen such a thing. She, nor the other cat had ever had any eye gunk, and I have never had to wipe their eyes before. Of course, my tears fell too because there was no explanation for this other than she was telling me she knew the other cat would not be returning and was sad. She had seen the condition of the other cat before I took her to the vet. She was the one who led me to the other cat when I woke up in the morning.

December 21, 2006 at 2:24 pm
(26) sobia says:

im on my laptop right now surfing the internet and also watchin tele, and on tele i have jus seen a cat with watery eyes and tears coming out.
i too have a cat since 3 years now ive had him since he was a little kitten and through out those years i have never seen my cat with watery eyes or tears coming out my cat has never cried.
i do wonder if animals cry…
so coming across the cat i saw crying on tele made me look this topic up on the internet.

January 2, 2007 at 5:57 pm
(27) Stef says:

I’ve had one cat, Belle, for the past three years. Yesterday I got a new kitten and Belle was pretty angry about it. Today while the kitten was in my room running around Belle was watching him, and she starting “crying”. She’s been doing it now for about half an hour. She’s getting me teary eyed. She just looks so sad!

January 4, 2007 at 4:50 pm
(28) Terri says:

I saw my cat cry for the first time yesterday. Came home from vacation after Christmas, had entertained alot and now packing away Christmas decorations. He had seemed depressed, acting a little strange. He came to me while sitting on the couch with tears in both eyes. When he blinked, they rolled down his face. I am monitoring him. Spending extra time with him and he seems better today.

January 12, 2007 at 11:27 am
(29) Mark says:

I have a one-year-old female Maine Coon (Kira) who despises the dog: she regularly clacks her teeth and makes a strange chattering sound when the dog’s in sight.
Yesterday while I was working, Kira was especially agitated at the dog’s presence — and I noticed large, clear drops on the desk where she was sitting!
Called her name and she looked over at me with two tears rolling out of her left eye, and one from the right.
I examined both eyes, neither were matted and there were no signs of irritation. Could only conclude she was crying out of frustration!

January 18, 2007 at 5:12 pm
(30) Wayne says:

Well…I called my cat Piph a big bitch kitty and Piph bitch. Later I found her sitting on the couch with tears pouring from her eyes. I felt soooooo bad. So I threw a piece of chocolate Almond Bark at her. She didn’t eat it.

January 18, 2007 at 5:19 pm
(31) Wayne says:

i heart kittie cats!

January 18, 2007 at 5:19 pm
(32) anna says:

so my cat Don Pumkin is very fat…. but very lovable you know like kristy alley…. but neways… he like to climb up on you and give you love… but the only problem is when he does i stop breathing because he ways so much…. but i take a big breath when i see him coming to i have plently of air for a 5 second petting

January 18, 2007 at 5:24 pm
(33) anna says:

*so my cat Don Pumkin is very fat but very lovable… you know like Kristy Alley…. but anyways…. he likes to climb up on your chest and give you love…. but the only problem is that when he does this i stop breathing because he weighs so much… so everytime i see him i take a big breath so i have plently of air for a 5 second petting

January 29, 2007 at 11:43 am
(34) matt says:

cats do cry…. me and the wife has two cats and the oldest one crys all the time at least once a week he will have tears ion his eyes. he will do it if we dont give him the time of day or we leave the house for a long time i know it is wierd but true

February 6, 2007 at 6:32 pm
(35) torie says:

Hello, yes i believe they do cry, i recently brought a new cat into the household and my loving cat tried to make friends but he is now very upset in the refusal, my cat sniffs and breathes out heavily and has tears in his eyes. i know he is crying because he snuggles in my chest like a child wen i cuddle him. Also he refuses to eat his food so therefore i know something is wrong. x thanks

February 13, 2007 at 11:48 am
(36) Sophia says:

My cat who was my soul mate came home from the vet after an operation, she started writhing around and screaming and in such pain, and then she looked at me and cried – I can’t get it out of my head. We rushed her to emergency, She died 2 days later, the vet had butchered her. She was 23 and I miss her like crazy. She had never cried before. I told the vet, this big “feline specialist” she was crying tears, he said “Cats can’t do that”. Idiot.

February 13, 2007 at 1:34 pm
(37) Tammy says:

Yes I have seen this happen. My 9 week old kitten always sheds a tear in the morning time and when I come home from work.

February 13, 2007 at 1:48 pm
(38) Tammy says:

Yes I have seen this happen. My 9 week old kitten always tears up in the morning time because she doesn’t sleep with me. Also when I come home from work, she has tears in her eyes.

February 13, 2007 at 11:33 pm
(39) Cheryl says:

My cat just scared himself so badly that he is under the bed with tears in his eyes. He got caught in a Valentine’s day balloon ribbon and thought the ballon was after him. Although hilarious at the moment, I truly thought he could have scared himself to death. Mr Tough Guy is under the bed crying which lead me here. I don’ think it made me feel any better having it confirmed that yes, they are tears.

February 19, 2007 at 10:43 pm
(40) JANET says:

My cat Kimba died in my house yesterday of old age & I’m a mess. I have two other cats, Hero and Lulu. Hero is running around crazy scared at everything and everyone right now, but last night he was at the windows cying out. I was crying, and my cat Lulu came over as to comfort me. Then she went over to Kimba’s favorite spot, and I could not beleive it, Tears! She turned, as to hide her face. Immediately I stopped crying, and decided to comfort her.

February 22, 2007 at 1:20 am
(41) Nicole says:

We have 4 cats. One of them (Sam) is very wimpy and submissive. The other cats pick on him. Well tonight I think he finally had enough and when our most dominant cat (LaLouie)started picking on him he fought back. He beat the crap out of him! There was fur everywhere in the livingroom. A few minutes later we found Sam in the kitchen with big tears squirting out of his eyes. It was heart-wrenching……We have never before seen a cat cry. But these seemed to be real crying tears. We comforted him with some kind words, petting a few treats and now he is fine. I just had to come look on the internet to see if cats really can cry. I believe that they do.

February 23, 2007 at 1:55 pm
(42) Natasha says:

I found this webpage because I thought I saw my adopted cat cry yesterday evening, with tears in his eyes. I’ve had him for over 5 months now. Yesterday was the 3rd day in a row I had tried to give him hairball removal ointment. I tried to put it on his paw and he was not happy but ate it anyways. He got so upset last night when I put it on his paw and looked sad afterwards, and then when I saw those tears!!! I’ll never give him that hairball removal ointment again…I feel terrible. Maybe I’ll try a different flavor but I am not sure because I do not want to ruin our relationship-he is such a loving cat. And now after reading this webpage I have had it confirmed that he was crying…

February 24, 2007 at 11:10 am
(43) Jade says:

My cat was crying today…or at leat I think she was… She was begging to go outside (but it’s too cold over here) and when she finally stopped begging she had watery eyes and it was running down her face… O__o

March 9, 2007 at 1:44 am
(44) Dr. Zorba says:

My 4 year male cat’s mother is a purebred Asian Short-hair. She cries tears when upset.

My cat’s father is unknown but he looks like a gigantic version of his mother He has yellow eyes instead of blue. He loves to tease me by pulling electrical plugs out of wall sockets or playing with the cables of my computer. The first time I scolded him with a rolled-up newspaper, he lay in my arms and shed one large, viscous tear from one of his eyes. Tonight I lost my temper and this time whacked him once with the paper. Again he cried, this time profusely. I had to hold him for 20 minutes and wipe his face with tissue repeatedly while he nuzzled my neck.

I don’t know how to control this guy, ultra-naughty one moment, then he breaks your heart with the cry-baby act. ???????

March 20, 2007 at 10:44 am
(45) Corinne says:

I brought home a puppy and within 2 weeks my cat constantly has tears in his eyes.

March 21, 2007 at 11:12 am
(46) LULANA says:

Yesterday my BF got home and found that our kitty had vomited on the rug yet again. He was very upset and yelled at the kitty for a while. Well the kitty went to sit on top of the microwave (where she usually hides when she’s upset) and when I went in to check up on her I saw tears rolling down her face. I was so upset that I began crying as well. I picked her up and held her while she hid her little face against my shoulder. I hope I never have to go through this again!

March 23, 2007 at 2:37 am
(47) Arash says:

We are taking care of a neighbor’s cat who left the apartment one day and abandoned the cat. The cat can’t come in as my brother is allergic to them, but we give him food in our balcony, but the cat is a home cat. So tonight he walked in the house while the door was opened and we opened the door and directed him to leave. After he left I saw him in the balcony with tears in his eyes. He then actually shed tears. I had never seen this before and was heartbroken. It was amazing. I wish I could let him in the house. They do have emotions and do cry!

March 25, 2007 at 3:54 am
(48) Callum says:

My cat has just started crying. i thought it was weird the first time but he did stop. yesterday he did it again when my brother noticed it, i started to think it may be an illness but then looking at this i dont know now. is my cat grieving or has he got an illness??

April 18, 2007 at 10:48 am
(49) Lorelei says:

I think this is the craziest thing, but I don’t know how else to explain last night. We just got our 9yo cat back home. She was chased away by dogs nearly 8 months ago and after searching for her for several weeks we had reconciled ourselves that she was gone for good. After a series of incredible events, we finally were able to pick her up and bring her home last night. She has apparently been living in the wooded area close to our neighborhood all of this time, and is quite a mess. We cleaned out our small bathroom to keep her in until we can get her comfortable, cleaned up and to the vet for a thorough check up. I went into the bathroom to let her out of the pet carrier and introduce her new surroundings. She went for the food bowl first but as she ate she would occassionally look up at me and meow. I noticed that her eyes were tearing. My initial reaction was that she must have some kind of virus and I made a mental note that I would have to mention this symptom to the vet. However, after she was done eating and I was combing her out I saw that the tears were gone and her eyes looked normal. I am now convinced that she was genuinely crying.

April 24, 2007 at 5:30 pm
(50) dustin says:

I wandered across this page looking for an answer. I found my cat, Maxwell, with tears in his eyes most recently when he was in heat (yeah, he has gender issues, too). I know he was uncomfortable, but I had hoped that he wouldn’t cry over it. It broke my heart to hold him and wipe the tears.

May 2, 2007 at 4:00 am
(51) Brandy says:

My cats, smokey and buster, are 15 and 13. Well, Smokey died a year ago and when buster saw his body before we buried him, we saw tears in his eyes. He then just sat and watched as we covered smokey up. He was very sad because they were raised together.

May 7, 2007 at 11:16 am
(52) Christine says:

My cat Inky died last Wednesday. I had to put her to sleep. My other cat, EJ, sat in the box I took Inky in all night. In the morning there were tears in his eyes. He has been like that for three days. Yes, I believe they can cry. They were together for fourteen years.

May 9, 2007 at 12:11 pm
(53) stef says:

my cat was quite seriously infested with fleas so at last resort i decided to bath him. obviously he wasn’t to keen on that idea but after a while he just sat there while i bathed him and quite leterally tears were roling down his cheeks. i dont think i have ever felt as terrible as i did then and its bugging me now. was he really crying???

May 14, 2007 at 3:15 pm
(54) GBG says:

I’d have guessed that cats don’t cry, but was proven wrong yesterday. There was a cat fight out in front so I ran out and the bully ran away. My one year old male kitty sulkingly came in and laid down in a visually upset posture. I went to comfort him and he looked up at me with tears in his eyes! I checked for injuries around his eyes and he was fine. After wiping the tears from his eyes, he just laid there as more tears came! I wouldn’t have beleived it if I hadn’t seen it for myself. -Geo.

June 18, 2007 at 11:15 am
(55) MPM says:

For the second time ever, yesterday, I saw a cat cry. In both cases it was in the final minutes in the vet’s office before the drugs were administered for euthanasia. They were real tears, and I have only seen it twice, both in female cats. I did the “do cats cry” search and found this page.

June 19, 2007 at 3:07 pm
(56) linda says:

I did a search to ask if cats cry because it looks like my little Marshmallow has been crying today. Last night our cat companion Zuna died (he had fallen asleep) after 5 months of chemo and treatment for lymphoma. Marshmallow was alone with him for awhile before I came home and today we’ve been without Zuna (his physical self, anyway.) His eyes look watery and there is eye gunk there. This site was helpful and confirmed to me that yes, he is probably crying too.

June 22, 2007 at 12:08 am
(57) Jennifer says:

Yesterday my baby Holly, got out (she is an indoor only cat). When I found her an hour later she was very upset and nuzeled against my nieck like she did when she was a kitten, I felt water so I looked at her ans she was crying realy tears. I later heard from a neighbor kid that he saw my cat get KICKED by a guy who lives in my apartment building. Later in the day Holly was still crying. It is obvious that cats can cry when they are hurt or upset.

July 6, 2007 at 7:29 pm
(58) Denise says:

We had a cat show up on our door step a few weeks ago…she was so skinny so we started feeding her. A few day later we realized that she was not alone, she had given birth to six beautiful kiittens. They are probally about four weeks old, I really do not know this for sure it is just a guestimation. All of them seem healthy except one she has matted and running eyes. I have washed them with warm water. What can I do for her? Thank you!

July 7, 2007 at 5:11 pm
(59) Martin on the Mountain says:

The first time my tomcat cried was when I got home from work late and he was out all day. I reckoned it was just from the cold. But now I notice that he cries if I come home very late. Dang! I thought cats are supposed to be self-sufficient and aloof, but this little rascal craves company and attention. At least he gives the mice a reason to cry because he’s a regular mouse murderer. Maybe I should get him a big puppy for company.

July 12, 2007 at 2:59 am
(60) B and N says:

we took our cat to the vet today and gave her her vaccinations and she seemed very upset after we got home which was expected, but what was not expected is about an hour later when she calmed down I came into the room and she walked up to me and lays her head on me and she was crying, it made me cry!

August 22, 2007 at 10:24 pm
(61) Jamie Drilling says:

My Dobby will be eight years old on September 4th. She has a son (she had 6 kittens, but when she had her kittens the laws in our city were very strict, so we could only keep one. The rest were given up for adoption.)
I have witnessed her cry many times, and I’ve decided to ignore any vet who says, “Cats don’t cry,” or, “Dogs don’t smile.” Everyone who’s had a dog knows they smile. They may use different muscles than a human, but they certainly smile.

So does my Dobby. She wept when she thought she had “lost” five of her kittens, she has wept if I’ve been away for an extended time and friends have been taking care of her.

Recently a third cat adopted me. The laws have relaxed (now you can have up to 6 cats in city limits) and while I was trepidatious about adding a young member (he is a little more than 2 years old) to our family.

Needless to say, Dobby was very unkind to him initially, and I was worried. I asked my mother (very good with animals) what to do, and she advised me to “discipline” Dobby.

I have never gotten mad at her, no matter what she broke or what she shredded. Even our $3,000 was fair game.

So when she hissed at the new cat and swiped at him, I yelled at her and smacked her rump.

She ran from me (I sobbed for hours after this and afterwards just told her firmly, “No”), hid for a few days (if I went to her hiding place she would rub her face over my hands and purr, but she wouldn’t come out).

Tonight when I came home, I was relieved to see her run up to greet me with her son and the new cat.

But she has been crying and hasn’t stopped all night.

I am the worst thing that has ever happened to the individual I love best in the world. I have been crying and it’s just a very sad time.

Whoever says cats don’t cry tears hasn’t observed them closely enough.

October 2, 2007 at 12:30 pm
(62) Janice Carter says:

My boyfriend and I went on vacation for two weeks and left our cat Egypt to the care of a friend. Upon our return we were told by the friend that Epypt had refused to come into the house for the past 4 days, seemingly awaiting our return. Since home, Egypt has been very vocal (which she never is) and needful of a lot of closeness. My boyfriend told me that I was spoiling her a bit much and should maintain some boundaries with her. So last night, while reading a magazine in bed, Egypt started to move out of her designated foot-of-the-bed space and towards the pillows for some extra cuddling, at which point I shooed her back to her space. Within seconds, she recoiled backed into her space on the bed and her eyes became sticky and watery. I stared at her for a while to try to see if there were any signs of her not feeling well. Her eyes stayed watery for 10 minutes or so and 3 or so tear drops actually landed on the bed. I was worried and was about to run into the other room to ask my boyfriend what we should do since the cat appeared to be getting ill. Moments later, after me stroking her for a while, her eyes dried up as though she had never been tearing. This really freaked me out, as I have never EVER heard of a cat crying before. But my boyfriend explained that he’s seen her tear on a rare occasion when really upset. Seeing an animal cry has to be one of the weirdest things I have ever witnessed which is how I arrived at this blog space.

October 6, 2007 at 11:22 am
(63) peggy wallace says:

My male cat cries when I take a shower. He comes in when I’m finished and likes to get into the sink. Today he was crying in the bathtub so I let it drip for a few minutes while he played with the water. Just now he started howling incessantly while in the tub. He stopped after a while, got into the sink and continued to howl. I picked him up, held him and talked to him for a while and closed the bathroom door. He cried for a while but eventually stopped. He seems fixated on the bathroom!

October 25, 2007 at 9:04 pm
(64) Charlene says:

I just saw, what I think was, my cat crying. I was giving her new lil sister (just adopted a kitten) a bath. The kitten was meowing excessively, along with her big sister outside the bathroom (the door was closed). When I wrapped the kitten up and took her out to the bed my big cat jumped up and had a tear in one of her eyes, it wasn’t like gunky or anything, it was like a real tear. She’s perfectly healthy, just saw the vet this week, indoor cat whom I’ve had for 6 yrs, never seen anything like it. I can see how anyone could be skeptical of it if they hadn’t seen it themselves, but I whole-heartedly believe that it was tear…

October 29, 2007 at 8:25 pm
(65) Jenna K. says:


I saw my cat cry the other day. He was laying on my lap kneading on my tummy and i was telling him no. He jumped off my lap onto the top of the couch and started crying. I video taped it. It was the weridest thing i ever saw. I never knew cat could cry.

November 12, 2007 at 11:35 pm
(66) Bailey says:

Hey, this happens with one of my cats quite often. Most of the time it seems it’s because she’s staring out the window – and I swear- “wistfully”. Last night she and my other cat started real fighting (caterwauling meows and it got ugly) over a male stray they saw outside the window. After the crying one started backing off, my other cat was still pissed. I watched as her eyes started welling up with tears, almost as if she was saddened by the conflict between them. I was baffled.

November 13, 2007 at 5:39 pm
(67) yo says:

Jeff the Cat and his little brother Pee Wee were really close. When Pee Wee was hit by a car, Jeff would sit in the window and howl and cry. It was heartbreaking. I knew cows could cry real tears, but I never knew cats could until then.

November 13, 2007 at 9:34 pm
(68) Bonnie says:

We have a cat named Violet. We have seen her cry on several occasions since we’ve had her, usually when she seems sad about something. When we see this, we react quickly and give her lots of love and comfort. It’s also happened when she’s been scolded about something. Afterward she seems to be okay. We got her from a rescue organization 2 years ago who rescued her and her mother and younger sibling from an over-crowded shelter. She’s a totally indoor cat but we watch her looking wistfully out the window sometimes like she’s remembering or longing for something.

November 14, 2007 at 6:46 pm
(69) Brenda says:

Don’t all mammals have the capacity to shed tears under duress? It seems like a natural reaction for cats to cry.

November 15, 2007 at 8:14 am
(70) Kathy says:

When I was younger my mother was cutting up onions and my cat jumped onto the counter. Just like us, tears began to run down his face. I realize that he was not sad, but cats have the same reaction to onions that we do.

November 15, 2007 at 9:43 am
(71) Pirkko-Liisa Tarvonen says:

One of our five cats has a very sad backgroud. She was mistrieted and abandoned as a small kitten. Afterwards she found us and got a loving home. A couple of times we have seen tears run out of her eyes when licking warm cream, the best thing she knows in the world. The others have always had a happy life but they never “cry” either. Is that an expression of happiness?

November 15, 2007 at 10:48 am
(72) Debbie L. says:

I just watched the video Jenna took of her cat crying. My cat Jack was in my lap and watched intently. Then I went to another YouTube video marked “crying cat” which was the cat caterwauling. Jack turned away and looked around the room. I went back to Jenna’s video and Jack again watched intently. He usually ignores my computer screen as long as my laptop is not in the way of him sitting where he like.So there was something about that particular video. He is a master manipulator and I am well trained. Maybe he was thinking it was another control mechanism he could use on me! Smartest cat I’ve ever owned. Not that I’m saying he’s that smart. The others were just that dumb.

November 15, 2007 at 2:27 pm
(73) millie, galway,ireland says:

i have never seen any of my ‘kids’ cry, just as well as it would kill me.But i suppose we should realize that they can do after all they smile, hug, and above all love us, Give all your special kids an extra hug and tell them how wonderfull they are god bless them

November 15, 2007 at 2:35 pm
(74) Theresa says:

My cats are stictly in door cats, i live on the 3rd floor of a big apartment complex, so going out is out of the question, they have a outdoor patio they go on. My Rocco must have snuck out one night, when i woke up in the morning Rocco was no where to be found, after searching for 3 hours my neighbors found him and my son said he had tears on his face, he was curled up in a ball and he was probably so scared he was out there all night long,thank god we found him

November 15, 2007 at 3:19 pm
(75) Ron Wilson says:

I am a pet sitter of both cats and birds for 28 years now. I have not only seen cats cry real tears, but I have witnessed birds mourn the loss of their mate by keening, letting out long, high pitched cries upon seeing the body. Do not for a moment be so arrogant is to believe only humans have emotions.

November 15, 2007 at 3:21 pm
(76) Leigh Arrathoon says:

I have four cats. On June 18, the 18 year old died. She had CRF, diabetes, and strokes, but she wanted to live big time, and I managed to treat her for 2 years with all these conditions before she died. The other three cats had fallen in love with her (Cinder is 4, Biscuit is 3, and Muffin is 2). When she died their reactions were all different. Biscuit saw the body in my arms, put his paw on my arm, and smiled sadly, as if to say, “that’s life.” I thought he understood, but he became terrified of carriers because I had taken Misty to the vet to put her to sleep. Cinder, Misty’s best friend, was to sulk and strike out at the others for the next three months, while Muffin, the youngest, totally surprised me when big tear welled up in his eyes and stayed there for a month. He stopped “singing” as he went around the house, and was obviously generally depressed, until a friend sent us a tunnel for him to play with. I had never seen a cat cry before either, but, when I thought about it, my cats reacted to this death exactly the way humans do: with anger, fear, and sadness.

November 15, 2007 at 4:06 pm
(77) Franny says:

My ex-husband and I had a cat named “Frac.” He was extremely smart and very preciocious, if you know what I mean. Anyway, he was showing signs of wanting to mate at an extraordinarily young age. We had him neutered, of course and when we brought him back from the hospital he started to look at us with a look that showed he felt we had betrayed him. Frac started to cry then and continued to do so for about 10 minutes. I’m certain that this was real crying. I’ve seen that look of betrayal on a cat’s face before (What? we’re moving?) but that was the only time I ever saw a cat actually cry. He did other things that were extraordinary, too. When my Ex came back from an extended business trip, Frac started “talking” to him excitedly in a way that was unmistakeable: He was cursing…! In cat language, of course, but the message was clear. Many years have passed since then. My Ex and I are no longer married, and I heard through mutual friends that Frac passed away a year ago. But I will never forget him.

November 15, 2007 at 4:28 pm
(78) Gail says:

I have never seen a cat cry tears but I had a Manchester Terrier that cried whenever she was scolded. Tears would run down her face onto the floor. I believe cats can cry as they have feelings. My cat Casey carries a little stuffed bear and suckes on it and cries (no tears yet) when he can’t find me, the vet says he has seperation anxiety.

November 15, 2007 at 4:34 pm
(79) Bobbi says:

Cats definitely cry tears and it is the most heart breaking thing to see. A few years ago, I was merging families. I had a gorgeous black kitty, Midnight, and two wonderful twins (littermates), Smokey and Ashley. All were declawed. Two other kitties moved in with me, Zack and Hootie, both had claws. Midnight was my alpha and Zack had been the alpha in his other family. Out of intinct, he tried to get rid of the competition. A scuffle broke out and I quickly separated Zack from Midnight. Midnight had tears in his eyes, looking at me as if to ask “what did I do to deserve this?” It was THE most heartbreaking little face I saw.

November 15, 2007 at 5:12 pm
(80) Shirley Lawler says:

My old cat used to puddle up his eyes when it was dinner time. The tears would get to just about overflow but when he got what he wanted off your plate, no more puddling. Then he’d move on to the next person. He did this for 17 years. It was a sympathy ploy and it worked (for anybody that didn’t know what a con artist he was that is).

November 15, 2007 at 5:16 pm
(81) Shirley Lawler says:

My old cat Morton could puddle up, he did it when you were eating at the table. If the food wasn’t forthcoming, he would puddle up to just the brink of overflow, once he got what he wanted then he’d move on to the next person and repeat his performance. Worked too (on those people who didn’t know what a con artist he was).

November 15, 2007 at 6:09 pm
(82) Peggy says:

My 14 year old Sophie occasionally has some clear discharge from her eyes, but I never associated that with crying. Her crying, in my view, is more of a sound — a plaintive Meow that tells me to call out to her.

November 15, 2007 at 6:12 pm
(83) jerry says:

3 summers ago my cat buddy disappeared for a week….showed up one day as i was getting the mail on the front porch. during the heat of summer. he was dehydrated.buddy is a very quiet and well behaved boy. but on this day he he was groaning and howling a deep tone.ive had him for 9 years now.he spent 3 days at the emergency pet clinic and 1 more day at 5 mile pet clinic.i visited him every night after work.as he layed there in the cage I would talk to him, gently stroke his body with loving caresses(sp).he knew he was very sick.this cat owns my home, owns my bed,and is next to my best friend debbie and my family, the most important thing in my life.buddy made it thru whatever he ran into.and i tell him every day how much i love him.cats do cry…honest…that summer day he showed up he had tears in both his eyes, and it about tore me up. he just looked at me, like he was saying, “what now dad”?…last year, true story, buddy got locked in a garage down the alley for whatever reason….hes always checking things out….i looked and looked and looked for him, called for him, walked the neighborhood…one morning I was standing in my alley calling for him, and i heard his wailing voice…i pryed open the doors to that garage and let him out…and boy did he let me have it vocally as he raced to the back door to get food and water..honest and true folks….my boy had tears in both eyes, he was howling at me……hes here on my lap now as i type this…im an ok person….but a much better man and human bcause of this cat….thank you for listening and reading…..jerry

November 15, 2007 at 10:09 pm
(84) Taril says:

I was surprised to see my blue point Siamese cry one night.

He has never been allowed outside because of the area in which we live. Too many birds of prey, coyotes, foxes, and mountain lions. But, one morning, Sambo managed to make it outside when my husband was not paying attention.

I didn’t get home from work until after dark. When I did, I saw my husband walking through the pasture, looking for Sambo.

I began calling and calling and was relieved when Sambo came crawling out from under a fallen tree. I scooped him up and ran into the house.

He was okay but he was shaking. That’s when I noticed he was crying. Huge tears just rolling down his face and dripping off his jaw.

We dried his face and snuggled him for the rest of the evening. We also made sure he wasn’t alone for several days. Sambo never tried the door trick again.

November 16, 2007 at 1:10 am
(85) Tina says:

My darling angel Princess was my sole mate. I did what I could to keep her alive, during her last month as I was by her side I noticed tears..She was such a good girl…I was blessed to have had her in my life for 17 years and life without her will never be the same, she will always be missed.

November 16, 2007 at 7:55 am
(86) Rev Diana Lewis says:

yesterday my son came to get his cat to take him to the vet, after a month of staying with me because of their moving. His cat, Stryper got to be unseparable from one of my cats, Joshua, who is able the same age. The ate, slept, and played together the whole time Stryper was here. Last night my son came to get his cat, and as soon as Stryper left, Joshua ran to the window and scratched at it to get out to go with Stryper and there was tears in his eyes. I never saw this kind of thing before and one of my cats, not Joshua, but Fluffy will be 15 years old this Saturday, November 17th. It was strange when I got on the computer and saw this topic this morning on the computer.

November 16, 2007 at 11:19 am
(87) tracy says:

i’ve never actually seen my cat cry physically, but he is exceptionally expressive. he’s the most talkative cat i’ve ever met, and loves having conversations with me. he cries (vocally; it’s quite a heartbreaking sound) when he’s upset about something (like when he loses one of his toys and expects me to find it for him). he even frowns when he’s frustrated; he gets this little line right between his eyebrows, and sometimes even wrinkles up his nose a bit if he’s really having a hard time with something (like when he’s trying to open doors). i haven’t seen tears, although when i used to be gone on weekends a lot he would have gunky eyes when i would get home on monday, and would need to cuddle for a bit and yell at me until he felt better. but generally, he seems to be more of a get angry rather than get sad sort of cat. which is a lot like me, actually.

November 16, 2007 at 3:52 pm
(88) Karina says:

I had a cat named Nina whom is the only cat I’ve had who cried. I’ve had a total of 8 and still have 3 of them. Nina whom was their mother was a kitten found at a construction site where she had survived amongst her mother and all the other kittens in her litter for 3 days. Needless to say if she was human she’d prob have mentla/emotional trauma problems. I’ve ahd my share of childhood trauma therefore at times would go in a depressed emotional crying for the world type of state. Little Nina would always join me in these crying sessions and I could feel her emotion.So I need to submit that some cats can indeed cry “for real”.Thank you.

November 16, 2007 at 4:35 pm
(89) Andrea says:

I really don’t think that cats cry for emotional reasons.When cats are distressed they express themselves by peeing or. . .well,pooping.I once had a black domestic called Pennywise and when he decided he didn’t want to be an indoor cat anymore,he let me know by pooping on the kitchen floor,right in front of me. I grew up with cats and I saw a lot of stress and sadness peeing, but never any tears.

November 16, 2007 at 4:53 pm
(90) ginny says:

I never saw my 25 year old cat Priss cry but when I had tears in my eyes, she would jump on my lap and put her paw on my cheek and stroke it. I made no sound of sniffing etc. but she knew when I was sad. She died in May of 06 and her ashes will be buried with me.

November 16, 2007 at 8:44 pm
(91) S says:

Years ago I had two cats who had lived together for 11 years. One of them died, and at one of the moments where I was really sad, the other one shed a tear.
Now I have a very skittish kitty who is not taking a new cat arrival well at all. She hides all the time. If I ever come home and pay attention to the other two cats and not her, when I do go find her, she is crying clear tears that drop off her face. As soon as I start petting her, her eyes dry up. She also cried like this when I first got her, and she was scared and hadn’t adjusted yet.
Both of these cats are/were dilute tortie and white…

November 17, 2007 at 2:06 am
(92) Sasha says:

I’m a very big cat lover,I always had cats growing up and I presently own three,but I think that saying that cats cry for emotional reasons is weird.No matter how much you love your cat,you can’t attribute human attitudes to them.I’m not saying that cats-or other animals for that matter-don’t have emotions,’cause they do, and sometimes stronger than ours,but what I do say is that they express them in different ways.Cats meow when they want attention,or purr,and when they are unhappy they pee and poop(I think someone already mentioned that).My point is,I love my cats,and I know that many people wish their pets were more like us than they really are, but we should use common sense.

November 17, 2007 at 6:23 pm
(93) c.b. says:

My cat cried when i left to go to florida and he was whinning and tears were rolling down his cheack.

November 19, 2007 at 8:15 am
(94) Joan Harris says:

Yes, cats do cry! I had a domestic shorthair who accidentally stepped on broken glass when I dropped a drinking glass in the kitchen. We took him to the vet who stitched up the cut and placed a very tight bandage around his foot. When we brought him home he was meowing in such discomfort and trying to get the bandage off himself. He was in such obvious discomfort from the sound of his meowing, and when I looked at him he had tears which soaked the fur below his eyes. I immediately took off that bandage and he was fine after that!

November 19, 2007 at 11:22 am
(95) Cynthia says:

I’ve had cats all of my 54 years and never saw one of them cry. Their body language demonstrates every emotion they’re capable of. I don’t doubt some of them do cry, but if one of my did, it would be the death of me.

November 19, 2007 at 12:43 pm
(96) Barbara says:

My husband passed leaving 3 sim, mite laid on his pillow and meowed checkin him I found tears in both eye’s as well as shane,heather, this got to me I too beging to cry right with them,this lasted for the day, and stop the next day, as if to say we all must move on and that means you too mom! it’s 2007 now and the cat queen has call them home, tie was 24,shi was 18, heather was 19 all well in thier teens, I pray I never hear or see this again.

November 19, 2007 at 2:10 pm
(97) Denise says:

Maybe it is your luck that you haven’t ever seen a cat cry, but if you did it would surprise you and cause you to question what happened. My girl Princess aka Taliban/Terror is a very active cat. So one evening she became quite ,when I found her she was silently upset and had a big pool of tears in her beautiful green eyes.Well, I know my cat , so I realised refusing to let her out when she had badly needed to (eat grass) had upset her so and made her resentful and sad. So now , I let her out even when I dont really have the time. I try for her health.

November 19, 2007 at 7:05 pm
(98) Stephanie says:

Back in oh,around 2002,my 10(he was 6 then) cat fell out a tree.I went to him and he had things he had in his eyes never seen in his – tear drops!He turned out to have basicly “twisted” his paw.I beleave they can cry.

November 21, 2007 at 10:37 am
(99) Shelley Davis says:

My cat Max cried one time. He was about six months old, and at that age, he sometimes got destructive if I answered the phone and stopped playing with him. Once he knocked a china cup off a shelf, and I chased him down the basement steps with a broom. I was about to spank him, and looked down at his face. He was crying!

I never wanted to see that again, and since that time, I have used time outs when my cats misbehave, rather than even threaten to hit them.

November 25, 2007 at 6:29 am
(100) lauralynn@bigpond.com says:

They have been created differently to humans with some similarities. They have emotions like us. I have seen types of tears from several cats over the years, however they weren’t flowing saline water like a human’s I think that there’s was like a human’s when the eye has been created to automatically respond when there is some external trauma, in an effect to protect the eye, like from another cat scratching etc. Regards Laura.

November 27, 2007 at 11:17 am
(101) JoAnne says:

My cat Punkin has inflamed bowel and has been prescribed Metranizadole. This medication has a very bitter taste and it brought tears to Punkin’s eyes. I now put the pills into gel caps and he is fine with it.

December 4, 2007 at 5:30 pm
(102) Michelle says:

My cat Norbert tears up when she’s extremely stressed. But the vet diagnosed her has having the herpes virus in her eyes, so we meds to give her when she starts getting stressed to help her from tearing up. It’s heart-wrenching to see….

December 17, 2007 at 3:26 pm
(103) allobegah says:

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December 26, 2007 at 8:46 pm
(104) s.cuenca says:

My 15 yr. old cat cried today when my daughter took her away to live with her. On the car trip to Vegas my daughter called to tell me about it. I came to look up on the internet to find out if cats cry and found this site… She has always been an extremely expressive and talkative cat…God, I already miss her so.

February 20, 2008 at 7:21 pm
(105) Kay says:

I have seen my cat (Dee) cry. He just came back from the vet after a (thankfully) minor operation to remove a lump from his tail. Even so, they cut quite deep and he had to have stitches and a collar to stop him playing with the wound.

At the time we had a new kitten about five months old. As soon as she entered the house she instantly took to Dee and followed and copied him in everything he did. They instantly became best friends!

On returning from the vets, our kitten was scared of him (the smell? the collar?). Dee sat on the floor at my feet with his shaved tail, stupid big collar and the kitten being really frightened of him and sobbed and sobbed. He really cried. For sure. Never seen anything like it…. Hopefully never again!

March 16, 2008 at 5:08 pm
(106) Tamara says:

I’ve had many cats growing up and only one cat now; however, this cat (Scooter) is very different from the others. Scooter is definitally emotional. Just a few cute things: I use to walk him on a leash when he was younger and he liked it, he will wake me up every morning if I’ve slept past the alarm clock, and gets really lovy dovie/cuddily when I pay extra attention to him (like giving him a bath), he also gives me normal kisses to say hello. He’ll jump on my lap, I’ll give him a kiss on his almost lips, and then he’ll jump off. Scooter has cryed many times and it was first noticed via punishment. Not only due to fear or being hurt, but this morning he was all teared up with one tear going down his left cheek while relaxing in my son’s arms like a baby. I looked at him and swore that he was crying out of happyness. I gave him a kiss and whiped his tears and he looked so happy. This is when I decided I needed to find out if cats really cry. From experience, I’ve believe that all cats don’t cry, so it must be just certain types of cats. Of maybe there just less likely to cry (like men) when there emotionally distraught, but some are born more emotional (like some men). Interesting thoughts.

May 15, 2008 at 4:40 pm
(107) Leigh A. Arrathoon says:

When my 19-year-old tuxedo cat died, my other three cats had very distinct reactions. The female, and the one who was possibly the closest, withdrew and became angry. The 3-year-old Maine Coon because extremely nervous, but the 2 year-old Maine Coon cried. He suddenly had big tears in his eyes all the time and he was lethargic. The tears didn’t go away until 6 weeks later when a friend sent us a tunnel for him to play in. Because Muffin has never had tears in his eyes before, nor since, I have to conclude that this was his way of mourning. Leigh

May 27, 2008 at 11:32 am
(108) LAD says:


May 27, 2008 at 12:19 pm
(109) Franny Syufy says:

Lad, I’m not sure how you found a blog from last year unless you came here by search. In any case, since probably no one else will find your post (or my reply), I’d urge you to join my forum and post your questions there. You’ll probably get replies from a number of members. Good luck with your rescues and bless you for taking this poor momcat and her babies in. :)

June 14, 2008 at 3:50 pm
(110) Teri says:

thanks for posting everyone. reading what everyone has submitted helped me.

we’re foster/adopting a kitty cat that is 4 years old. i don’t really know much about her past except that she was returned to the humane society because she had a urinating out of the litter box problem that seemed like it was stress related. she is a very mild, very smart and responsive cat. my partner and i have been wanting a cat for a very long time, but have been struggling because she is allergic to most cats; yet not really to others it seems. she is not allergic to this one, there is a goddess! we’ve had KC in the house for a little less than a week. she hasn’t been eating that much – i’m not getting too too concerned because i know her appetite will adjust to what she needs once she settles in. she’s been eating about a 6th of a can twice a day. we have plans to transition her diet to raw food with vegetables as soon as the adoption is final. (and she looks ready)

this morning, i fed her a 3rd of a can, and as usual she ate only half. she will only eat her food if you sit with her right now, otherwise she will follow you. we played for a little while and then i got hungry myself and made a bagel with cream cheese. we were both starring out the front window when i saw her looking at my bagel, lick her lips and look at me. i got the idea that she was hungry and wanted some. so i wiped a little bit of cream cheese onto a finger and brought it close to her mouth – she started licking. i was glad, and pretty sure that it wouldn’t hurt her. she seemed to want more so i gave her more. then i noticed something fall. i wasn’t sure what it was – maybe she licked hard enough to knock down a piece of ccheese.
it was a little drop of clear water! and on her right eye was another. she cried 2 more tears and she was continuing to eat. i was concerned that she was not ok, or was sad. i think she became self conscious ‘coz then she turned away and stepped down to the arm rest. one more tear fell and she shook her face to get rid of the other that was accumulating. she seemed ok. almost like she didn’t really want to talk about what just happened. i told her i was gonna look what happened up on the internet. she’s sitting on my lap now as i type this on my laptop. (hmmmm, maybe “laptop” is a better name for this smart and sensitive cat)

anyways, she’s got a great home here. we are a holistic health family. we know that for her as well as us, stress leads to very very unhealthy things and have a priority that her life be free from stress other than not quite reaching that cat toy. she is doing well.

whatever past she has, i hope she can let it go and be happy with us. it’s heartbreaking to see her cry. but i am glad she is releasing it.

June 23, 2008 at 11:50 am
(111) brittney rose says:

Brittney Rose Stanbrook (lilshortie) of Brockton, Massachusetts writes:
AAWWWWW! I have heard of this hapening even though cats aren’t supposed to display emotion!

July 20, 2008 at 11:00 am
(112) professional says:

Hello. I think you are eactly thinking like Sukrat. I really loved the post.

July 20, 2008 at 4:32 pm
(113) gerald says:

My cat Puss Puss went missing for about a day and half. None of my neighbors saw her nor did I hear her anywhere when returning from work. She’s been a part of the family for the past 4.5 yrs. and is an indoor cat..She likes birds and insects, so that may have sparked her fancy. So the next night iI left the front door cracked while watchinng TV.. I heard this meow and there she was .. She meow more frequently and I did notice lil wet spots at the inner corner of her eyes. she smelled like a garage /o/

August 20, 2008 at 9:31 am
(114) Jesslyn K says:

We got a new kitten, and he was on my lap, purring away. Eric, our Maine Coon (it was interesting to read the above comment, with the lady that has two Maine Coons), had been looking at me all morning like he wanted on my lap. He is my cuddle-monster.
Recently he fell down the stairs, due to playing around inside a plastic grocery bag. Being distant ever since, when he -finally- does want on my lap, the kitten is occupying it! Kitten left. Eric got on my lap.

The strangest thing. When I looked at him, he had watery eyes, and the left was beginning to leak onto his cheek. He was hiding his head from me, ashamed (when he does silly things like bump into a wall, you can tell his pride is totally hurt!). He is still limping badly from the staircase incident.

I think that in conjunction with the pain of his leg, and jealousy of the kitten, and missing me, Eric truly did cry. I was shocked. Deciding to look this up to see if it was possible, I truly do believe cats -can- cry.

…They amaze us every day and perform miracles often, acts people don’t think are possible. Things science doesn’t make sense of. So why not believe cats can cry?

August 20, 2008 at 7:41 pm
(115) candracar272 says:

Personally, I do believe cats cry real tears. I have yet to see my two cats cry, but I have seen one. I was at Petsmart the other day, and I ALWAYS, ALWAYS stop by the kitties displayed for adoption, most from Operation C.A.R.E. (I got one of my cats from there). There was this ADORABLE tabby kitten named Tabitha, and I believe she shared the “crate” (It was built into the wall) was a black and white kitten named Hoover. She seemed fine at first, and was so cute. Her calm personality made me want to adopt her. I went to look at the other kitties, then went to check with my perants for when we were going to leave (I AM a teenager, and we had Puppy Training Class for little Remmy). When I came back, I noticed that she was crouched in a corner, closest to the window where she could see the rest of the store. Her eyes were goopy, and teary. Not only did her appearence tell she was sad, but I could feel the depressing vibes coming off of her. I so wished I could go in there with her and pet her… she seemed so depressed, locked up in that crate… there was adiquate room and they were taken home after the end of the day, but she seemed so miserable. I asked my mom if cats could cry, and she didn’t know. So, many days later (I put thigs off too much. ^^; ), I came to this page. I’m glad that my thoughts were confirmed. ^w^ I hope Tabitha gets a loving home with owners who love her to death, not literally. Owo

September 8, 2008 at 4:01 am
(116) Dr. Dawn Varney says:

Yes, cats cry!

I am a physician who has raised and shown purebred Chartreux cats for nearly 2 decades, and I’ve had all kinds of pets throughout my life.

Time and again I have seen my cats cry in response to pain and various other emotional reasons.

These are clear tears, frequently only enough volume to well up in the eye, but just as often streaming down their faces.

Here are a few examples:

It has happened when cats have accidently gotten lost outside or gotten left behind in a closed room(all my cats are indoor-only companions, never caged) and they’ve cried when I’ve found them.

It has happened when they were sick and/or in pain.

It has happened when I have had to gently restrain them with a towel wrapped around them so that I could give them medication.

It has happened when queens have lost a kitten.

It has happened when my cats have quarreled with each other.

It has happened when another cat has died.

It has happened when I have scolded them when they have misbehaved.

More rarely, my cats have actually cried WITH ME!!

I’m sure that they have probably cried many times when I haven’t noticed it.

These are not due to allergic reactions, bacterial or Herpes infections, dry eyes, or dust or other eye irritation.

I have watched as the tears were produced simultaneously in response to highly emotionally stimulating circumstances.

I have seen my cats silently cry real tears fairly frequently, just as humans might do in similar situations.

As several others have noted, the crying doesn’t usually last longer than a few minutes.

If your cats are having any kind of matter in their eyes, clear tearing from one eye only, or clear tearing from both eyes for more than a short time, take them to your veterinarian. There are many medical conditions that can cause a discharge or watering of the eyes.

Still, in my personal opinion cats can and do cry for emotional, as well as medical, reasons.

September 24, 2008 at 11:34 pm
(117) naughto says:

We have a female cat, she has 3 kittens. We took the three kittens to the vet today to get desexed. We then noticed the mum had tears in her eyes and a wet nose. She wasn’t sneezing, has never had this problem before, and seems well. The tears stopped coming after some cuddling and stroking.
I reckon they cry!

September 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm
(118) Cushyinpa says:

My cat Scooter cried yesterday. After a long battle with cancer and no way to go on, we had to take him to the vet to be put to sleep. We said all our goodbyes at home and on the way in the car I was telling him how much I loved him and would miss him, how he would be healthy again and how I would see him again one day. A big tear formed in his left eye and rolled down his cheek….then came another. He was still there…he heard….he understood.

October 27, 2008 at 8:42 pm
(119) Riniel says:

I had a cat once that someone gave to me, and for the first 4 or 5 days he cried tears… Not just in his eyes, they were streaming down his cheeks, and they were really big fat tears too. I felt really bad for him, but after he got comfortable at my house, he was extremely happy.

November 1, 2008 at 2:38 am
(120) Rachael says:

I do indeed believe cats can cry.
One of my cats, Angel (my special baby whom I have a very special bond with), is a very jealous cat. One day, I was petting her sister, Misty, whom I rarely get to see because she’s very shy and skittish. Angel was nearby, and when I had finished petting Misty, I walked over to give Angel attention. As I walked over to her, I saw that she seemed quite depressed — her head was down, and she seemed to be slumping. Upon further inspection, I saw that the fur just under her eyes was matted and wet, and her eyes were watery. The only conclusion I could come to was that she had been crying. It absolutely, positively broke my heart to see her like that.

To this day, every time I pet her sister and she sees it, she cries. It drives me nuts, because it makes me feel guilty for giving Misty attention.

Also, just tonight, another one of my cats, Jordi, really wanted to go outside (because he hadn’t been out all day). It was dark & late, so I told him no. He kept following me around, meowing a bit, but I kept telling him no and I ignored him. I went upstairs to go to bed, and he followed me and sat down next to me on the bed. He stared at me pretty relentlessly, and all of the sudden, both of his eyes got watery.
God it was so freaking sad.

Seeing cats cry is so insanely heart-breaking. I feel as if I’m going to every time I witness it.

November 20, 2008 at 8:06 am
(121) Dee says:

I believe cats cry. Last night my 8 month old cat who is an indoor/outdoor cat, came in from his usual frolick outdoors, limping. I heard the scratch on the door and open it (as usual) but this time I noticed he was not his usual self, dashing in the home. He just lay there. I took him up and he began to grow and hiss, but not in a threatening way. I place him down and he crawled and hissed and growl. I realised then he was not hissing at me but from pain. He was limping. My roomate and I was iimediately attentive to him and I noticed he had clogs in his eyes. My roomate asked me if cats cry because she saw tears. We both saw tears coming down on his face. poor thing. He made me cry too!
I had no idea cats cry and i wanted to look it up, and I found this web page. I am taking him to the vet this morning, and thought I would check it out before I head out. Wanted to have an intelligent conversation with my vet on cats and tears (lol)

November 22, 2008 at 12:51 pm
(122) M says:

The whole reason I found this site was because my cat was crying yesterday. He had just had his tail slammed in the door by my friend’s two-year-old and a whole inch was ripped clean off. While we were in the vet waiting room we were trying to comfort him and I saw that his eyes were very red and he had a tear going down his face. This is the first time I’ve seen something like this. It was terribly sad.

December 8, 2008 at 1:42 pm
(123) Karen says:

Well I googled ‘do cats cry’ because my cat Benny had two big clear tears running out of his eyes this morning! I am 50 years old, have had cats all my life, and have never seen this before. My other cat Mini is very ill with renal failure and is at the hospital right now. Benny didn’t seem to care that she wasn’t here; he slep on the bed without her, he got up by himself, ate breakfast by himself, etc. Then instead of being his usual rambunctious self, he flopped down on my lap. I gave him hugs and caresses, and when he looked up at me, I saw two big clear tears running down from his eyes. I couldn’t believe it! Luckily, Mini will be coming home in a few days but unfortunately she will not be with us for very long as the end is near. I guess Benny and I will be crying together soon.

December 23, 2008 at 9:52 pm
(124) Sandy says:

First of all, I wish to convey my concern to those of you have mentioned swatting, hitting or otherwise touching your cat in any way other than with kindness. If you must hit something, hit a pillow or the wall. All animals have feelings, and even hitting your cat once can forever damage their emotional state. I have rescued cats that were abused even a little and it has a profound impact on them. Second, I agree that cats can make and shed tears. Most of the time it is when they are in either physical or emotional pain. This may be a reflex action like purring when happy or in pain. Don’t know for sure about that one. My cat that recently died has cried once or twice in the past though, so I believe they can. If your kitty is being “bad”, it is probably because you both need behaviour training. Critters and kids can learn from their “parients” so make sure you aren’t causing or re-inforcing bad behaviour with your cat(s). A cat psychologist can give you a lot of help in solving these problems.

January 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm
(125) Chamir says:

I believe cats cry – I witnessed this first hand yesterday. My two cats had been together for 10 plus years – my female was just over 10 and my male is just over 14. My female became terribly ill early this week and after several days of tests the vet concluded her situation was not good – no treatment would really work and she would only suffer if I left her the way she was. I summoned up every bit of human strength I had and put my baby to sleep. I was very worried how losing her would affect my older male cat, so I brought my girl home and laid her on the bed they shared together. My male sniffed her numerous times, licked her, looked in her face and finally seemed to understand she was gone. That’s when I noticed he had a wet tear running down his face. I wiped it away, and it returned two more times, with me wiping it away each time. He’s never done anything like that before. Today his eyes were dry and normal. He seems quite sad today, withdrawn and just not his usual happy self. I believe he was shedding tears for his beloved companion.

January 15, 2009 at 5:26 pm
(126) brenton and Kathleen says:

I am a male who loves his cats, know not gay, just loves his cats. My partner Kathleen and I have had 2 cats for many years and just yesterday, we lost the eldest who was KK. She died in her sleep and really jsut of old age. Ally, our other cat was as distraught as we were. Whilst comforting Ally, Tears feel from her eyes and onto my hand, I had to look twice as I was not sure if cats could cry. A second time I sighted the tears coming from Allys eyes and once again onto my hand. So anyone who says cats do not cry, I would have agreed with you,until now.

January 29, 2009 at 2:26 am
(127) Greg says:

If i don’t play with my cat for a couple few days and he’s begging me to play with him, if I don’t acknowledge him he will shed a tear. So I immediately have to play with him and the tear(s) will subside

March 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm
(128) Lindsay says:

Our two boys are brothers, the attachment these two have for each other is just heartwarming.
One day we had to take one of them to the vet; after getting him in his carrier his brother sat in the front hall facing the front door as he watched us leave with his brother.
When we got back he had remained in the same spot (we were gone for about an hour), and when I got a closer look… he had a tear that had rolled half-way down his face! I personally believe that he was crying due to the emotional strain of being separated from his brother.

March 6, 2009 at 11:33 pm
(129) Danni says:

I got very angry with my baby today, he is just over 2 years old! After I scolded him, I noticed his left eye had tears, not the kind when a cat is sick but actual tears! I wiped them dry a few times and tonight he is fine! I truly believe that cats cry I witnessed it today and I vow to never get that angry with my baby again! “Again I am a true believer that cats shed tears”!

March 29, 2009 at 12:28 am
(130) Nancy says:

I feed feral cats and have become attached to a colony of 5. I allow them to come into the house and each time they stay longer and longer. One day, one of my feral cats followed me to the basement. It was unfamiliar territory for him and he became confused as to how to get back out. He became quite agitated and ran all around trying to find the stairway up. He finally jumped on top of some shelving and got into the beams. I tried coaxing him down. He allowed me to pet him, but all the while he was meowing in such a plaintive manner. I finally thought I might leave him and he would get down on his own, so as I was getting down from the ladder, I felt something wet hit my arm. I thought at first he may have urinated, but as I looked up at him, I could see tears in his eyes. It was the saddest thing! I have had pets (and a lot of ferals and strays)in my lifetime, but I had never before seen a cat cry, but this cat cried that day. I have not seen him cry since, but he still looks sad. He is a different cat that he was before his trauma.

April 2, 2009 at 2:20 pm
(131) J says:

My mom passed away in her sleep just over a month ago. When we found mom in her apartment the next day, I took her cat home. He hid for almost 2 weeks. One night I was sitting on the couch crying. The cat came, sat on my lap, and cuddled with me. He looked up at me and had tears rolling down his face. I think we were both grieving for our Mom.

April 13, 2009 at 8:19 pm
(132) jennifer says:

I believe cats cry as well. I have a 2yr old male maine coon, Harley Brown. He is the most gentile and patient animal I have ever met. I am a loner which is not always good,especially for Harley. He receives,sometimes,way too much attention from me.Sometimes we wrestle around & on occasion, I pretend to be hurt by him & I scream & yelp. He will often run away and have tears in his eyes & I feel stupid for pretending I’m hurt. The only reason, I have repeated this action, was because I could not believe they were really tears. It is not a good feeling.

April 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm
(133) bsb84 says:

I didn’t think they could, but my cat cried last night because my other cat was taken to the animal hospital for liver failure. She yowled at the door until she was hoarse. I had been crying non-stop, when I looked over and noticed huge tears falling from both eyes. I have never seen her do this before.
My grandmother tells me that my great-grandmother’s cat cried the day she died. She refused to come inside for the first time ever on that afternoon, and later in the evening my great-grandmother passed and the cat cried on the porch but wouldn’t come inside even to eat.

April 27, 2009 at 8:38 am
(134) Dick Mellon says:

I had never seen a cat cry and have had cats for 40 years. Then I disciplined a small kitten of mine. He was very upset and began to cry. He even wiped his tears, then looked at me with tears in his eyes, very sad.

So, it’s very rare but does occur.

June 11, 2009 at 6:42 pm
(135) Hilda says:

Cats DEFINITELY cry! I agree with one comment made, that if you don’t believe cats cry, it’s cuz you don’t know them. I don’t care what scientifics say, or anyone else who supposedly knows it all, but if they say cats don’t cry, they’re simply wrong on that one. When you know cats or any other specific animal, you KNOW them, not just what the books say about that animal. When I was a teenager I was very upset one day and went outside to cry, and one of my cats came and sat right in front of me, and when I looked up my cat was crying, REAL TEARS, running down his face! Not only do cats cry themselves, but they also know BIG TIME when their onwer cries. I’ve had cats come and lick my tears off my face, they’ve done summer saults till they got me laughing, they come and sit by my side even though they were fast asleep when I started crying and go back to sleep after I’m happy again. No such thing as that cats don’t cry. I’ve read every comment made here before mine, and I sat and cried remembering my beloved cats especially Snowy, who’ve sat by me, loved me, stood by me no matter what, and cried with me when I cried.

June 17, 2009 at 4:24 am
(136) Nana says:

These stories are making ME cry!

July 16, 2009 at 4:23 pm
(137) Mary says:

Oh how I hope you are right. My cat Alex (part of my email address) had tears running down her face just before she died. She was very, very old (17) and there just was nothing to be done for her. I do not want to think she was crying. I certainly was, and cried enough for both of us. She once was picked up and taken off, and it took her seven months to get back home. She was a very special pet and surely is in the place where good pets go.

July 21, 2009 at 5:48 pm
(138) Lana Moore says:

2day i went with my friend amber to take her bf’s cat to the vet cuz it’s been doing pretty bad lately.i mean the cat refuses to eat or drink water,yesturday it took me nearly 15 minutes to get her to purr.even though i haven’t known the cat very long i felt very connected to it cuz she would always come to me and purr when i would visit amber.anyway the cat is like 17 years old and when we got to the vet,the vet told us they will do what they can to save her,but there is a high chance of them failing.i sat in front of the cat and cried cuz i can’t bare to see cats dying or in any sort of pain and i saw a tear drop slide down from her right eye when i was starring at her crying.i feel it’s her way of saying good-bye cuz she knows she won’t be with us much longer.her name is mama cat and i’m sure she lived a very happy life and may she go to a better place.i know this is a rather long message,but i know i connected with that cat and she is sad to be leaving the one’s she loves.

September 1, 2009 at 4:10 am
(139) mauvi3 says:

I have three cats: Timo and Baby, and their son Nigel. I adopted Timo when I found him at a seedy petshop when he was one month old and he became so close to my mother. One year later, I adopted Baby and because Timo had been the center of attention to my mother, he became so jealous and he sometimes chased Baby around.

One day, Timo patted Baby with his paws and my mother scolded him. Then my mother held Baby and petted her to calm her. At that time, Timo watching my mother with tears in his eyes. He was so sad because he thought my mother no longer loved him and loved Baby more. After that he didn’t want to eat and I was worried if he was sick. I took him to the vet and his vet just said, Timo is okay. He’s just stressed. I will give him some vitamin to bring back his appetite. But surely I know that he was afraid of losing my mother’s love!

September 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm
(140) Anneliese says:

I have three burmese cats and have had the most awful time with fleas this summer, despite having always used Frontline monthly on all three of them.

One of the cats has been really badly affected, bless her. Last night I found her miserable and depressed lying under the radiator.

This morning I took her outside to groom her and then use the flea comb. I swear that when I turned her over to do her tummy, which she let me, there were tears pouring out of her eyes, even although she was purring.

For the rest of today she has been extraordinarily cling yand just wants to snuggle up on my lap.

So, here I am, googling “do cats cry” and yes , I truly think that they do

September 20, 2009 at 8:14 pm
(141) rene says:

We left for a wedding on a Fri. aft. and couldn’t find “Batman”. Left a bowl of food and water on our deck. Came back the next day around noon and he was waiting for us on our front porch. After he ate his canned food he came out on the front porch and I thought he was still salivating, drops dripping around me. When I investigated further the drops were coming from his eyes! He was fully crying. I guess he was so happy either for the food (which may have been eaten by some other animal) or for the fact that we were back! When I saw him about an hour later his eyes were dry. I had thought I would have to take him to the vet for an infection. I’ve had cats all my life and this is the 1st time I’ve seen this!

September 25, 2009 at 7:43 pm
(142) R says:

I came back from work and my kitten has tears in it’s eyes, it’s started rubbing it’s head against me, obviously scenting me up, purring and tapping me it’s paw and like sitting on my lap, going on and off, running around playfully… and it’s eyes were really shiny, almost like tears! I think it really badly missed me, I stroked it and it cheered up quickly. Poor thing!

September 28, 2009 at 2:57 pm
(143) Irishlass says:

I have a male cat, his name is Fozzie, he had gotten bit by another cat and had to be stiched up and stay in the Vet for a few days. Fozzie is extremely attached and after one night the Vet asked us to come and get him, he was crying and meowing non-stop, he wouldnt eat or go to the bathroom. As soon as he saw us he stopped, went to bathroom, and ate heartily when we got home. I couldnt believe it, I never saw a cat cry, he had tear stains down his fury face a few days as he could not wash do to the cone on his neck.

October 23, 2009 at 1:39 pm
(144) Connie says:

I just lost one of my cats a week ago. He was about 10 years old (a rescued stray) and was a faithful companion of my other 12 year old cat Stimpy. When Ren died, Stimpy acted ‘strange’ as if he was aware of Ren’s passing and was ‘grieving’. This morning, Stimpy jumped onto Ren’s favorite spot and did some sniffing around and then jumped down. Immediately he started calling with a rythmic meowing sound as if he was calling for Ren. He then went and started to lie down under the dining table. I called to him to come to me so I could comfort him and when he looked up at me he had what looked like tears welling up in his eyes. This is not the occasional sticky stuff that accumulates in the corners, but very liquid and tear like. I believe he was crying. I comforted him and he seemed to be calmed by my voice and I blotted his face with the blanket saying “please don’t cry – It’s going to be okay”.
I have seen my cat cry and it is heartbreaking.

November 30, 2009 at 9:32 pm
(145) Rutledge says:

I have a black and white (tuxedo style) male cat. He’s about four years old. He has really strong bond to me. He insists on sitting in my lap or sleeping on my chest. When I’m standing he brushes against my leg, meows, and stares up at me. = ) He’s my little buddy.

Well, tonight I was trying to get some work done. I had a book in my lap, and he kept jumping up onto the book. I kept putting him back on the floor. This happened maybe five or six times. Then I looked at his little face and (I kid you not) there were tears streaming down it. I had to put the book aside and comfort him. Now his tail is wagging and there are no more tears.

I think they do cry.

December 16, 2009 at 1:59 am
(146) Orcat says:

When I moved, my cat was very upset and cried.

Now I know that cat’s eyes water, and most of the time that’s what it is I think, but when we moved and I let her out, she jumped on the couch into my lap and buried her head in my arm like she does when very upset at the vets, and she was shedding tears…

January 18, 2010 at 7:54 am
(147) Chris says:

Absolutely, cats do cry. Snuggles had to be locked into a carrier on moving day last year. It was her first time moving. We checked on her mid-day, and while we were holding her, noticed the first of the tears. By the time we were settled into the new house, the tears were pouring down her face. Once she realized we were not going anywhere, she calmed down and the tears dried up.

January 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm
(148) Gary says:

I have a very intelligent cat that can obey commands and even does tricks like a dog. Occasionally, he would pee on my bed just to get my attention. (I’ve checked him out for urinary tract infections, which were all negative.) It is definitely behaviorial. Yesterday, he decided to pee on my bed, not once, but twice. I had just finished washing the sheets, the blanket, and the comforter when he did it the second time. I was so mad that I yelled at him for the first time ever and put him in time out in the basement. After about 15 minutes, I went to get him. I found him lying on the couch on top of my favorite TV blanket. There were streaks of tears coming out of both eyes! I had never seen that before, and it broke my heart. When I petted him and told him all was forgiven, he reached for me with his right paw, squinted his eyes, and more tears came out. I wiped away his tears, held him, and stroked him to reassure him that I still loved him. He then buried his head between his paws and allowed me to continue stroking him. After about another 15 minutes, he got up and went over to his food bowl. There were no more tears, and I have not seen any since. I never knew that cats could cry real tears, so I went on the Internet to see if others have had a similar experience. That’s how I found this blog.

January 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm
(149) Eve says:

I just brought a brand new cat home from the shelter. She started crying when I took her home, although I’m sure it was from happiness because she is the most affectionate, loving thing from the second the got in the door. And she isn’t crying anymore!

January 31, 2010 at 1:45 pm
(150) Christine Foster says:

Ive never seen any of my cats cry,but I am crying reading this! If I ever saw any of my cats crying I would be like the lady above,I’d need someone to call 999 for me:(

February 2, 2010 at 8:53 am
(151) Rachael M says:

I started with two cats (males, from the same litter, Sox and Kip) Then had another, Spud. Kip got ran over :( Then we decided on one more. Raisin. With three happy little cats i have never seen a tear in a cats eyes before until now. Sox will often come in from a long afternoon out of the house, sometimes for days on end, he’ll come back and i’ll wipe a tear from his eye. I dont know if he misses his brother?, is sad?, or depressed? I cant read it very well. All i know is, when this happens i feel sad for him when i look into his eyes… i feel awful coz i dont know whats the matter with him… :(

February 20, 2010 at 7:54 pm
(152) vixsta says:

yes cats cry a few days ago my 25yr old boy was diagnosed with crf i am gutted! But the night we took him the vet he was fine then the next thing he came flying down the stairs making this really mournful cry tried to jump to my lap and fell flat on his face and then was sick everywhere! I grab him and craddle him like a baby his entire body went limp and he had tears running down his face for at least 3mins i had to keep cleaning them away

February 20, 2010 at 10:49 pm
(153) Anonymous says:


Cats do not cry. They may tear but not due to sadness; it is due to stress. A lot of it.

May 2, 2010 at 11:29 am
(154) luzi says:

I know cats cry tears. I have had several cats, but the one I have now is the one I have seen cry. She is 16 years old now. Several years ago we didn’t know what was wrong with her, she was losing patches of fur on her sides and kept gnawing at her sides. She would look at me and her fur would be wet where tears had streamed down her face. It went on for months and months and months. I took her to a bunch of different vets who diagnosed various things like nervous grooming, allergies, etc. Finally a vet figured out she had a tapeworm. She was given a pill that was supposed to kill the tapeworm in 24 hours and 24 hours later she was a different cat – happy, doing somersaults like she used to – AND NOT CRYING ANYMORE.

I haven’t seen her cry too much since then but she cried the other day. She went through a couple of days when she was vomiting and had diarrhea and no appetite and she was crying. Cats do cry.

May 14, 2010 at 11:56 am
(155) Melissa says:

I have owned cats most of my life, all strays we took in, and have never seen actual tears being shed. However, recently, and this has prompted my search, is our newly aquired short haired and sleek-black American Bobtail we rescued from abandonment has been shedding tears on a few occasions. The first time was from one eye caused by a cat hair in his eye. The hair was quite irremovable and it was going to be taken up with the vet the next day. His eye teared profusely and it is what caused us to discover the hair.
The vet visit was for altering, and after I got him home, he teared again later that evening when offered food. He just put his famished little face in the dish and feasted, both eyes ran profusely with tears. I assumed it was an after effect of the anesthesia. Another suspicion would be contact with a poisonous, such as PCBs that have been said to make dogs cry in a nearby community years ago.
After his meal he lay around making deep sighs and there were bouts of tearing.
He had to return a couple days later, for they had overlooked my request for micro chipping and made an appoinment to have that done.
He hadn’t teared since the next day of the proceedure. On being placed in the carrier he began immediately to tear with both eyes. I checked him for anything in his eyes and didn’t see anything.
He teared the whole time in the waiting room, less profusely now, and by the time we were in the exam room I was able to show the doctor the tearing. She said it can be caused by the salve they put in their eyes while the cat is under and if it persists beyond the week to call them back.
It has been a couple of weeks now, and although there is no profusing of tears, there are times when both eyes water enough to wet some of the fur under the eyes.
This seems to occur when he is being scolded by my old queenie. She really doesn’t want him here and we have to take measures to keep them apart.
He is a very loyal tag along, and doesn’t leave my side if he can help it. However, he is vying for that privalege with two other of our five cats. And sometimes when he is bumped out in the rotation, I will look to see and indeed he is wet eyed; sometimes.
After all the cats we have had, and most of them being altered under our care, I have never never witnessed such tears. I think a few cats can generate more than usual, and times of stress can cause it, especially being helped by the eye salve during anesthesia.
Times outside of that I do not know, Bobbi is very sweet and loving and gets alot of attention and praise. He is still a baby and hasn’t exhibited any depressed state beyond the few days after his altering.

June 25, 2010 at 10:39 pm
(156) Terri says:

My cat cries. She had been a stray before my grandma found her. This cat is afraid that if someone picks her up that they’re going to throw her outside.
Well we had to bring her to the vet, and in the car she opened her mouth, started sniffing with her nose, and had tears in her eyes. It looked like she was going to get sick, but I knew because of the tears that she was crying.

July 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm
(157) madeleine B. says:

I have had several cats to share my life with in the 58+ years of my life, and while I have never seen one cry, i would not be so presumptuous to say they don’t. just as well because I HATE to see ANY animal suffer in ANY WAY.

August 11, 2010 at 8:13 pm
(158) Me says:

My 14-year old cat passed away a few days ago. He was sick and I made the decision to have him put to sleep. My kids had told him good-bye and while my wife was thanking him for his friendship, tears fell from his face and onto the bed.

Boxer was my cat. I’d had him since he was a kitten and before I got married and had kids. I had never seen him cry before.

He knew he was dying and that we were saying farewell….

August 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm
(159) Franny Syufy says:

What a sad story, Me. I’m terribly sorry for your loss. But letting him go in peace was a kind, loving act for Boxer, and I think he knew it.

August 13, 2010 at 7:35 am
(160) Marionetta says:

I have a 17, almost 18 year old male cat. When he was 10 years old he lost his big brother. little sister and saw me through ankle surgery all within four years. Although he did not shed tears at any of these events, he did meow the strangest meow if have every heard coming from a cat. I have had cats since 1997.

It first started when I had ankle surgery in 2001 and could not walk. I had to stay off my foot so I would spend the day laying on the couch watching t.v. He would followbehind me or walked in front of me as if protecting me and making these funny meows. When I layed down on the couch again, he would continue the meowing. I later realized that everytime I cried in pain, he would meow. The following year his big brother passed on because of old age, 19 years, and less then two years later, his sister died of a broken heart. Each time I cry, he would cry. Recently when my mother passed on, I realized back in 1995 he started to do this. When my father passed on and when I came home from the funeral and told him and his big brother that their Poppy had died and they will no longer see him.

When my mother passed on, he was there mourning her as he did his Poppy, brother and sister: he was crying and hanging on to me. He now has a little brother and whenever he senses that I am not feeling well he starts to cry and is teaching his brother, age 3 years who adopted me at age of 3 months and was an abused kitten, how to cry when I don’t feel well.

God bless cats and dogs. They have the capacity to sense when their loved ones are hurting, medically or losing loved ones. This experience has helped me and I pass it along to others so they can understand why their pet children act the way the do when the Vet says there is no medical reason for them to act this way.

August 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm
(161) Kaye E Skinner says:

I am in agreement with you. In my adult life with cats (maybe 20 of them) I do not believe that cats cry tears from emotions. I am not saying that they will not become emotional, because my boy Sammy gets very upset when I yell at him to stop chasing my girls cats, but I do not believe that there is any connection with the tears and emotions.

August 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm
(162) Leigh says:

My Maine Coon, Muffie, was 3 years old when his Grandma Misty died. I didn’t even realize how much he cared for her until I realized big tears were rolling down his cheeks. He also stopped “singing” as he went around the house. He didn’t stop crying until 6 weeks later when a friend gave him a tunnel to take his mind off of things. Gradually he began to come around, but he didn’t stop moping until 8-week-old Désirée came to live with us. All the cats ran to throw their arms around her because she was Misty. She is now Muffie’s girl and Biscuit, his older brother’s best friend. She is also 7-year-old Cinder’s buddy, just as she was when she was Misty in her last life. So Misty’s death made Biscuit a nervous wreck, Cinder morose and moppy, but it definitely made Muffie cry real big tears.

September 1, 2010 at 10:26 am
(163) catlover says:

I had 4 cats up until 28/8/10. Two of them were sisters with the closest bond I’ve ever seen in cats. Anyway on friday I found Cal after being hit by a car, her sister Ash was sitting by her head. I took Cal to the vets and unfortunately she had to be put to sleep as her pelvis was completely shattered and unfixable. Her sister Ash has been stuck to my lap since then, last night I was stroking her and I noticed a line of tears going down her face, she was crying. People don’t think cats have emotions the way we do but I know Ash is really grieving for her sister.

September 9, 2010 at 8:39 pm
(164) Linda says:

I have a 2 year old male cat. Whenever I come home from a trip (I leave him home alone, and a friend or my sister checks on him regularly), he can’t get enough of me, and while I don’t see tears on his face, his nose runs like crazy, as if he were crying, drips all over me and my shirt. I think he is actually crying, only the tears go into his nose. This ONLY happens when I return after a few days, never at any other time. I think he is overcome with happiness because I am home. It stops in just a few minutes, and does not return (until the next time I am gone).

September 25, 2010 at 8:39 pm
(165) Gio says:

I have Stevie (4 months old) he had sort of stomach upsetness the other day and he did poo on a carpet, I did yell to him and grounded him outside the house and told him I was mad at him, well when I went outside after 15 minutes Stevie came back crying outloud and I told him again I was mad at him but he was leaning on me and when I carried him I realized he had a tear on his eye!

October 4, 2010 at 11:00 am
(166) Kirk says:

I’d never heard of this either…until my own cat cried. Several months ago I discovered a lump on her side, and immediately took her to the vet. The very next day she had the lump removed, but it had left a large bare patch of skin & a 2” scar. A week later I took her back to the vet, as the scar was seemingly infected. The vet determined that it was actually irritated, likely by her licking the wound when I wasn’t looking.

That’s when the vet brought out a soft dish collar resembling a bonnet to keep her from reaching behind her. Once we got the “bonnet” on her, I watched a small single tear roll out of her left eye and onto the fur of her cheek. The vet did a quick eye check to ensure there was no irritant, and there was none. She was embarrassed to wear the thing and had tried to stick herself into tight areas to pry it off herself in attempts to get it off the first night before she finally gave up and lived with it for the next few weeks.

December 1, 2010 at 7:59 pm
(167) Erika says:

Our adopted kitten started crying after I yelled at her — she was getting in the way of my cooking, and I’d already had a stressful day. She retreated to another room and had tears in her eyes when I went over to apologize. I felt so horrible :(

December 9, 2010 at 8:19 pm
(168) Jennifer says:

I have a tuxedo cat who lives outside. Every time I go outside to play with her, she gets so loving and rubs all over my hands. Almost always though, she ends up with tears in her eye and they drip all over the ground around us. I think she misses being inside and playing her just reminds her of the comfort of my bed. Cats DO cry, especially when they are lonely.

January 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm
(169) nowherefast says:

Last night I was upset and crying for a while, and my cat was with me the whole time, sitting next to me. I know this sounds really lame, but when I had finished crying and looked over to my cat, her eyes were wet. It was strange. I considered the possibility that she was sympathizing with me. She is a very loving and emotional cat in her every day life, and often licks my face or lays on my chest if she senses I am upset, so I don’t think it’s too unlikely that she was crying along with me.

February 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm
(170) ariel says:

we found a dog one day in our apartment complex and we took him inside so that we might try to figure out what to do with him and my cats got very upset and one of them had tears in his eyes. Cats can definitely cry.

February 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm
(171) Ekot says:

This is how I look at it. If cats are physically “capable” to cry tears, I believe that cats can cry tears emotionally.

I remember one time he did something really bad. I ignored him for a few hours. He looked guilty and I saw his eyes a little watery.

I wonder if it is appropriate to substitute “emotional” with “stress” . Let’s assume that he didn’t know that he did anything wrong. But the few hours that i was ignoring him and stared at him occasionally, he may find it intimidating as well as stressful.

Just a thought.

March 8, 2011 at 1:32 am
(172) Ray says:

My story is different.
After my cat disappeared for a solid week one night as I was expecting the worst she came bounding in thru her door, up on my lap and I saw four tears fall from her lil face.
I’ve never seen a cat cry in my 50 years.
Could these be tears of another emotion? joy? She’s happy at home no “missing time” since.
and unusual for her to be gone that long
No pain no issues I can see and no more tears.

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March 30, 2011 at 11:30 pm
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May 7, 2011 at 6:42 am
(175) Terry says:

I think it’s quite possible that cats cry tears when upset. I noticed it a long time ago in my 9 yr old cat, Bubba. Sometimes I go visit friends or relatives for the weekend and I have to leave him alone for a day or two (with sufficient food and water, of course) and he knows the drill…when I pack a bag and place out larger bowls of water and dry food, he gets real tears in his eyes and mopes around. He knows I’m leaving. It just kills me!

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May 20, 2011 at 9:50 am
(177) Anne says:

A little later than most comments here, but I found this quite interesting as one of my cats was seriously ill with a mysterious illness & was rapidly running out of time just last week. He was in the hospital & we went to visit & found him literally at deaths door & the vet frantically trying to discover the cause. I opened the cage door & started to stroke our cat & although he couldn’t respond very well, he started purring a little then I noticed tears rolling from his eyes. At the time I just thought I was seeing things, but reading what has been written here I really do believe he was crying because he felt so bad. He is recovering now thank goodness.

May 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm
(178) Chris says:

I thought i’d leave my message for future reads as well.

We have 2 female cats (sisters) and this is was there very first litter (both mothers had 4 kittens each).

One of the mothers was not very responsible and had left her 2 week old kittes alone for over 24 hours and at this time the kittens were meowing and trying to escape.

We took her kittens and put them infront of the other mother (their aunt) and the other mother quickly excepted them.

The next morning the other mother returned and we returned 2 of her kittens (8 kittens for a first time mother is too much).

Now that the kittens are about 5 weeks old and walking around we have noticed that the 2 kittens we moved to the other mom do recognize there original mom and try to approch her but the original mom does not recognize the 2 kittens and often hisses them away.

This action appears to cause some tramma to the 2 kittens because you can see them being lethargic or shaking and what looks like crying. The other kittens do not show this behaviour when hissed at from the irrisponsible mother.

Mind you the 2 kittens play with both there siblings and their cousins and appear to be very happy apart from this behaviour with their origial mom.

June 10, 2011 at 2:35 am
(179) Savanah says:

It seems to me they do, my cat just wandered into my room to find me packing things into boxes. I’m going to be moving fairly soon, and I think the boxes everywhere and general disheveled state of my room either confused or concerned him. He started rubbing up against me, and had tears in his eyes.

June 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm
(180) Alyson says:

I never knew if cats could cry, but at the moment it looks as though my cat (jewels) is crying. I took her brother to the vet earlier today and he has to stay over night. She just realized not too long ago that he is gone. She was running around the house meowing and trying to open closet doors looking for him, then I heard that she stopped meowing. So I went to find her and she was laying inside of her litter box with what looked to be tears in her eyes. She wouldn’t come out at all. I can’t believe how upset she is over this and the litter box? my goodness! I’m glad I had just cleaned it. If only she knew her brother (Tyson) will be back tomorrow… lol

July 3, 2011 at 1:25 am
(181) Pamela says:

Yes, today my cat was afraid of the fireworks, and wanted to get inside the house. He had tears in his eyes and was meowing. My heart broke! I went and grabbed a tissue, and wiped the tears and kissed him on the head. I’m a believer that cats can cry.

July 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm
(182) JP says:

I’ve noticed over the years that usually when I come back from a long trip and reunite with my cat, his eyes and nose become watery and he sniffles a little bit. I always used to worry these were cold symptoms — but why did he always seem to be coming down with a cold when I came home from a trip? And why did the symptoms always quickly and completely vanish minutes later, leaving him as healthy as ever? I had never realized cats could weep in such a quiet and subtle way, so it took a long time before I was fully convinced that the damp eyes and the sniffle were the product of his emotional state. I’ve now seen this so consistently and without any other symptoms of ill health that I’ve finally had to acknowledge: yes, on these occasions my cat is crying.

If scientists never get “proof” that cats can cry, it’s fine with me. What horrible experiments that would require!

July 11, 2011 at 1:42 am
(183) Amanda says:

I truly think cats can cry. I have a 2 year old yellow tabby and I’ve seen him have “tears” twice. The first time was when my fiancee’ and I split up, Schnitzle and I moved back in with my parents and he normally NEVER sleeps with me, but for a good month or so, he slept on the bed with me. His eyes would water and I could literally see the tears start dripping (slowly, of course, but dripping down nonetheless) off of his face. This went on and off for about a month, but soon he stopped. The other time was when I accidentally smashed his paw in the door. Poor little thing, it broke his claw down to the quick! But after some baking soda and some serious TLC, it healed the best way it could.

July 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm
(184) david says:

Our 4 month old tom ‘Ninja’ is incredibly affectionate and is almost always tagged-on to a human. He did the magical cat trick and had disappeared for a good ten minutes. We set off on a search calling his name. Eventually we traced his faint but plaintiff meows to the broom-cupboard where he’d obviously been since I’d closed him in.
As our 5 year old son comforted him, he started to cry; I seem to remember one of our cats during my long-ago childhood that cried. My mum confirmed this then I looked it up.

Hope that clears it up, cats cry. At least 2 of the 8 I’ve had the pleasure to serve have done so.

PS The basic difference between a cat and a dog is this:
When you feed a dog, it thinks you’re a god.
When you feed a cat, it thinks it’s a god.

September 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm
(185) Pat says:

Yes, I am sad to report that two of my female cats cried with me when they were on the vet’s table just before being euthanized. They were real tears, and unforgettable.

September 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm
(186) cindy says:

I have 7 cats, all were born in my house, after 3 years there, i moved to another place. My oldest male-spayed- Elphin took it very bad, he hid behind a tall mirror that leans against the wall for almost 2 days, refusing to come out, refusing as well his favorite foods. Elphin`s eyes were full of tears, for these two days. He is the only cat i ever saw crying. It was heartbreaking…

October 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm
(187) Chelsy says:

I just got a new kitten today, He’s 8 months old and his previous owner loved him very much but had to get rid of him as shes expecting a baby. He’s in his carry case now with the toy she gave him clasped between his paws and he’s crying so much the case is rocking, its truly horrible to watch :(

October 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm
(188) JD says:

When my beloved cat Greyling was in the final stages of his terminal illness and realized I wouldn’t be able to save him, he cried along with me. Took a photo of him before he was put down and his eyes are brimming with tears.
Just remembering that sad ordeal brings tears to my eyes and I miss him terribly. The photo’s still in my camera and I can’t bring myself to delete it or view it again because the tragic look on his sweet face will start me bawling again and it’s been 2 years since I buried him. After 16 years together I knew him well, and those tears he shed were out of fear and grief. He knew our time together was coming to an end and he didn’t want to die. He was my best friend and we loved each other deeply. Some cats cry just like humans, I know it for a fact. RIP buddy. JD

October 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm
(189) Nancy says:

Today my cat Casey managed to get outside(all my four cats are indoor only) and when I finally caught him again to bring him inside he had tears in his eyes.

November 4, 2011 at 6:11 am
(190) sanchen Grobler says:

I have 2 little rescued kittens that i foster. I was preparing their food yesterday, and the smallest one was wining all the time for me to pick him up. When i was done and picked him up, his cheeks was wet and tears were coming from his eyes. Definitely tears. I was in shock and amazed.

November 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm
(191) Sue says:

OK, I’ve finally seen it. Just this morning, I was downstairs scooping litter boxes when I heard a ruckus upstairs and my little black cat, Sammy, came flying down the stairs and ran behind a kitty condo. Since he is always trying to be poite and friendly to the other cats – unfortunately, the oldest two usually just snarl at him and occasionally smack him in the head – I assumed he’d gotten in another argument. This doesn’t usually bother Sammy, but this time, when I walked over to talk to him, he looked up at me with the saddest expression I have ever seen on a healthy cat’s face, and both his eyes were very watery but did not look at all irritated. He was acting very upset and fearful. So, I gave him a pet to comfort him a bit, then went upstairs and told the others to be kinder to each other. I’m betting it was Abby who smacked him – she hits the hardest.

November 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm
(192) Eugene Schiavi says:

I love my cat!

November 9, 2011 at 3:35 am
(193) Steph says:

Today my kitten Cupcake got in trouble for scaring our bird in his cage, so my dad put her the bathroom and closed the door. About 2 mins later I opened the door slowly to let her out, and she usually runs out quickly. I couldn’t find her so I looked behind the door and found her sitting there, with tears in her eyes, rolling down her face. It broke my heart. Now I know cats really do cry!

November 29, 2011 at 11:16 pm
(194) Rae says:

My boyfriend brought his puppy over to my apartment today and I thought he and my cat, Guillermo, were getting along fine. He wasn’t running away and I thought they were playing around swatting and barking. But he had enough at one point and sat up on my dresser while the dog was still going nuts barking at everything. I looked at Mo and his right eye was scrunched up. Thinking he’d been hurt I ran over to check him and this huge tear dropped out. My boyfriend didn’t believe me at first, but when he came over closer another tear rolled out. We comforted and consoled him and even the puppy seemed to know something was up because he finally calmed down. It really broke my heart; I started tearing up too. I had unknowingly let the puppy torment him all evening… of course he was upset and frustrated and scared! Cats (and really all animals) are more emotional and complex than we give them credit for

January 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm
(195) Rich says:

I have two cats mom and daughter…. They DO NOT get along at all and have two different personalities. Mom cat was diagnosed with a brain tumor 6 months ago… She has been on meds and has been living as normal as she can. Well I came home today to discover a big turn for the worse. She was hiding In a spot she never has been in before and I knew the end was near. Of course I was devastated and tried to comfort her in her last hour… As I was crying sitting with her on the couch…. Her daughter came into the room and jumped up on the top part of the couch. I looked over and though wow she looks like she has tears in her eyes…. She inched closer to us and tears fell from her eyes and landed on the couch…. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing but she knew her mom was not gonna make it and acctually shed tears…. I was
Shocked and amazed… CATS DO CRY

February 4, 2012 at 1:54 am
(196) Marco A says:

Every morning, my cat (Twinkle) goes in the balcony and she hears birds chirping. She start to meow in a strange way (trying to contact the birds) and they don’t respond. Today I saw tears from one eye.

It’s not the first time.

April 8, 2012 at 11:41 pm
(197) Victoria says:

Hi. My 15 year old cats passed away a few hours ago. Before he died he let out a sad meow and one little tear came from his eye. It broke my heart to see him this way and I too wonder if cats can cry real tears. R.i.p my sweet kitty. :(

April 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm
(198) Sinikka says:

A friend came by to feed/water our (mostly) indoor cat while we were out of the country for several weeks. When we returned and I picked her up I felt something wet on my arm, and found it to be tears falling from her eyes.

May 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm
(199) Patsy says:

I witnessed a cat boo-hoo crying! We have outside neighborhood cats. Around Christmas time, Snaggles, who was very old, started going down hill. I kept him inside for his last few days. When I knew he didn’t have long, I let his girlfriend and constant companion, Cutie Pie, come inside for a few minutes just to see him alive for the last time. He was very brave for her and insisted on sitting up on his own whlle she sniffed him. He died within the hour and I put him in a nice box with blankets and showed his body to Cutie Pie before storing him for burial. About 10 minutes later, Cutie Pie appeared at the back door making horrible gasping noises. Her face was all wet and she could hardly breathe, her nose was so runny. I let her in fearing she had developed a sudden severe respiratory illness. She let me pet her a while then went under a table but I could tell where she was because of the gasping and heavy breathing. After about 30 minutes, I could no longer hear the noises. Fearing she had died, I found her still sitting under the table. Her nose wasn’t running but her eyes were filled with tears which ran down her face. She was fine otherwise. It was then that I realized she sounded just like people that are having a really good cry (and I had just had mine too after Snaggles died). She stayed inside for 3 more days but she didn’t cry any more and she didn’t have any breathing difficulties, so I’m sure she was crying from grief. btw, she has a new boyfriend :-)

May 28, 2012 at 11:34 am
(200) paula says:

Few nights ago our cat ran into the house in a panic. She has meowed only 5-6 times in her 3 years that we’ve heard and now she was meowing a horrible deep cry. She was covered in vomit, diarrahia, gagging while trying to vomit, severe heavy breathing and running and hiding every few minutes only stopping to bite/chew violently on her feet. Called our wonderful vet immediately and she stayed on the phone with us til we found out what was wrong. After a bit my husband and I were able to pick her up and wash the mess off her when we noticed her back claws were bleeding and twisted/caught in her fur. We seperated the fur cleaned her up, held her and just when her breathing calmed she had teardrops falling from her eyes. The vet explained that she must have been fighting/escaping a terrifying situation and just like humans cats too feel the stress and also relief from intense situations. Minutes after we calmed her down we looked outside and watched as a hawk swooped down feet from our house and tried to grab a large bird. We live in the country and have seen our tiny cat in the past go after geese, cranes but I think she met her match with the hawk. Two days later shes back to her old self with the exception that now when she runs outside she looks up first.

June 1, 2012 at 6:32 am
(201) Katherine says:

Yes they do. I have a cat about one year old and cried twice. First is when we found him outside the street and we decided to adopt her. Her eyes were watery when we first saw her. She was just a kitten.
The second time was when her buddy, Elly (a dog) was taken away to another place to live with my father. She cried for a few days long. I saw this and really felt sad. Cats rarely cry and when they cry, you’ll feel a really sad feeling. :(

June 22, 2012 at 2:19 am
(202) chuck says:

Some of the posts here are amazing and sad and so I, too, wanted to add my story after trying to figure out whether or not my cat was actually crying from sadness.

My girlfriend and I sort of adopted a stray about 6 months ago and since have become very attached. Cooper started out just coming over for food, but now spends the night regularly.

Anyhow, my girlfriend left the other day for trip which will require her to be away for a couple of weeks and I noticed Cooper acting rather strange. He’s making long meowing sounds and getting into the cupboards and looking everywhere like he’s never been in the house before. Today, he came over to me while I was in the kitchen, jumped onto the counter and laid down. I sort of ignored him while trying to cook and then I noticed big tears falling down his face. I comforted him for a long time and he eventually jumped down, but he wouldn’t eat and insisted I let him out the door.

It’s not conclusive evidence that he was crying because he’s sad, clearly, but it seems to me that he misses my girlfriend or at least knows something is different and is confused. Seeing him cry made me upset too. I think all the posts above, while anecdotal, aren’t to be dismissed. Personally, I’m convinced that cats do, in fact, cry from sadness and have an array of deep emotions exactly as humans do.

August 20, 2012 at 12:20 am
(203) Teddy Ferens says:

I had three cats. I recently had the two youngest cats adopted by my mom. I still have my oldest cat and he seems to be pretty sad the last few day and also seems like he has been looking for the other two cats. My oldest cat developed a relationship with the other two cats and now has no companionship and today have have noticed what seems to be tears in his eyes.

August 30, 2012 at 11:16 am
(204) Simon says:

I had never seen any of my cats cry until this morning. Amber got into a scrap with the neighbor`s cat (he’s bigger than her), and she got the worst of it.

When she got back to the house, she laid on the steps by the door and started crying. Real tears running down both sides of her face. Had never seen anything like it.

Checked her all over, but only visible injury is a little scratch on her face.

September 26, 2012 at 7:57 am
(205) Jada says:

A stray cat came to our house and I petteted it. It was so scrawny I felt bad. I had rolled over on its back and I rubbed its stomach. I was getting late so I was about to leave it when, when the tabby cat looked at me and meowed. A tear came out. I was shocked.

October 7, 2012 at 6:48 am
(206) click here says:

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October 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm
(207) Sandy says:

Our cat went missing last night and couldn’t find his way home as it was a really windy night. A kind neighbour a street away, dropped him at the vet. When we picked him up this morning, he had big wet tears running from his eyes. I have never seen this before and certainly not from this cat so I’m thinking they do cry real tears when distraught.

October 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm
(208) fridelain says:

My sister rescued a female cat from a dumpster, still a cub. She looked like she wouldn’t do it, but with care we nursed her back to health, mostly. She was always a little scrawny since then.
She grew up, got in heat, and a street cat got her pregnant. She had a litter of two, and as result got a lot scrawnier, and as she breastfeed them she didn’t get much better in the first few weeks. As we were eating with the kittens playing under the table, a piece of meat fell. She took it and gave it to the kittens. Instead of eating it, they played with it until it was cowered in dust.
She got a sad look in her face, and a TEAR AS BIG AS HER EYE fell from her right eye.

October 18, 2012 at 12:01 am
(209) Lisa G. says:

My cat is very attached to my husband and is quiet throughout the day until my husband returns home from work which is when my cat gets excited and begins talking (cat talk) to my husband and becoming very affectionate towards both my husband and I.

This week my husband went on a business trip and around the time my husband normally comes home from work on the third day my cat began crying at the door near the garage which is where he greets my husband daily. When I went to pick him up he had tears coming down from both his eyes.

After consoling him and assisting him with drying his eyes I gave him extra attention and he no longer had tears coming from his eyes and appeared to be in the best spirits.

I’m still so sad and when I told my hubby he was in disbelief and really sad to hear this as well.

I love my cat Cheeko and really believe this should be looked into. Cats do have emotions that are deeper than we know and I believe that tears are connected to how they release sorry.

October 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm
(210) Jimmy.P.M says:

Thank you all for their experiences above, i will now share one with you. I recently went overseas for a month, i have a cat & am renting so i was able to leave her with my best friend who isn’t much of a cat lover, i got back around 1am & everyone was sleeping so i used my phone as a torch, got into my bedroom & before i switched the lights on i could hear Kira purring & rubbing on my feet, i turned on the light picked her up sat on my bed & placed her on on legs, she then hugged me arms stretched out along my front waist, this is the second time she had done this, the 1st was i was away for a week. I then hugged her back as usual & picked her up to throw her in the air like a baby as she likes it & that’s when i noticed something shiny in her eye, i put my finger on it & it was a tear ;-) I guess cats can tear when happy to?

October 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm
(211) tori says:

My cat never cryed because I care for it ever so well. I still belive that they cry because when I was on the street once I saw a cat crying whilst making a baby. My cat is very younge and loves me so much. I have to go because my tablet ,its like a ipad,is low battery plus I have to play and make my cat happy now because he just woke up

October 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm
(212) Belle says:

I took my 15 year old cat to the vet because he had not been eating and was not able to walk very well. I cried when the vet told me what I already knew that he was dying. On the way home I noticed tears in his eyes. He did this a couple of time over the next several days before he died.

December 3, 2012 at 10:21 am
(213) Dee says:

So Max, my cat, was watching my other cats eat some meat.

I was waiting for the rest of my cats to finish up before I fed Max.

Next thing I know he’s giving me the most saddest expression with tears running down from both eyes.

My cats are very emotional creatures. I’m positive they have a big heart.

December 6, 2012 at 5:28 am
(214) Be nice to pets says:

Yes, cats cry emotional tears. I have seen a cat cry because it was being teased. Two children were teasing a cat by repeatedly trying to pick it up by its tail, and pulling its tail. I saw tears on the cat’s face as it was acting confused. It was a pretty, gentle, orange cat. I’ll never forget that. Since then I have seen a cat’s eyes become watery due to shouting argument in the home.

December 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm
(215) Lindsee says:

my stepfather died recently and my cat Kip and him were very close. they were boxing buddies. :) anyways, he was really excited for christmas but he died the week before. my mom and i were decorating the tree a few days later and Kip was sitting on the couch watching. i looked over at her and she was crying! not just a single tear. her eyes were all welled up and tears were running down her face. and i know she has no eye problems and no allergies. my mom and i were taken back. it was pretty crazy.

January 6, 2013 at 5:26 am
(216) Mare Gold says:

My first experience loving a cat & witnessing a cat crying…I have terrible cat allergy but took care of two 8 month old brother kittens my sister adopted to be “barn” cats to kill the moles on her property. I was visiting from out of state when they arrived & took care of them 2 weeks & fell in love. Was heartbroken they were to be relegated to barn cellar & not loved as part of a family. Anyway, visited 6 weeks later. Was overjoyed to see them but very sad they were lonely & neglected. They remembered me, climbing onto my lap right away. We played, cuddled, & spent hours together as we had before. I no longer cared my eyes itched& swelled into red golf balls. They are so loving & so smart & so much fun. The second night I was stroking Stan – smaller of the two kitties- who was stretched out & purring, starting to doze. Then one little tear spilled and rolled down his cheek, then one after another, making little river lets from both eyes. Then I was quietly crying too, while stroking him & murmuring soft words of love. Neither my sister nor the vet believed me, & no medical reason for actual tears was found. But what I saw was undeniable. I know we shared tears of love & grief that night that were one & the same.

January 8, 2013 at 10:12 am
(217) Zasu says:

I see a lot of sad issues, but perhaps it could be a tear of joy? If it can be a sad tear, then i suppose it could be a happy one as well. Imo

January 27, 2013 at 10:06 am
(218) Kat says:

My cat just shed a tear as well. It was a weird and interesting sight. Although I think with her it was something in her eye because right before the tear fell she was blinking it a lot like something was stuck in it.

May 28, 2013 at 4:17 am
(219) Ally says:

i always see my cat crying! its amazing and so sad! she always crys when im sad or hurt! i think its amazing that she actually does cry for me

June 6, 2013 at 7:50 am
(220) Kat says:

I have had so many cats and have never seen this but I just adopted a rescue cat that was abused and she has cried twice in the two weeks that I had her! And it is always at appropriately sad moments (after being hissed and growled at)

August 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm
(221) Callie says:

I wasn’t letting my kitten (5 months) up on the couch because she had just used the bathroom and I hate when she smells like litter immediately after… After about 9 times of putting her back on the floor she jumped up again and had years in her eyes! I grabbed her and held her and she began putting and when I got to the bathroom to get something to wipe them away they were gone! All she wanted was my love and attention! I have another older cat (2 years) and I have never seen her do anything like this.

February 22, 2014 at 2:01 am
(222) Nancilee Roias says:

My household recently lost one of our fur babies to a motor vehicle and his buddy (the remaining cat) often can be seen with tears in his eyes. He now doesn’t leave my side much and seems to know that the other is gone. It brings comfort to have him bonding more with me,but he just breaks my heart when I see his tears. I believe that pets feel emotions just as much as we do. He and the other fur babies(which are both dogs) are showing signs of loss.

March 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm
(223) Wacky4u says:

My teenage daughter has a seven year-old persian cat that has learned to “mimic” human emotions to get what it wants. If my daughter neglects it (her) for a few days (i.e., spends the weekend with friends), when she returns, will get “the treatment”. The cat will stare at its food–but will not eat. It will glare at us with big, wet tears that obscure its vision. This continue until someone showers the cat with hugs and affection. At which point, the eyes open wide, the tears disappear, and the cat eats heartily. On a daily basis, this cat will use meows, squints, glares to influence us. If it (she) wants to go outside or if it (she) wants a special snack, it will squint at us. First, with one eye. Then, with both eyes. The longer the neglect, the tighter the squint. If this fails, the cat will shun the person who ignored it.

Persian cats have eyes that are prone to weep. I can imagine how this cat learned to associate wet eyes with human attention (get the wipes). None-the-less, the “trick” is highly effective.

March 31, 2014 at 8:47 pm
(224) Franny Syufy says:

Wacky4u, what a great story! That’s one very smart Persian – but then we always knew Persians are exceedingly intelligent – and crafty at getting what they want!

April 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm
(225) Rusty says:

My mom was in hospice and my yellow tabby Pixie was very close to her.The evening I was headed to stay with her Pixie was between the end table and wall unit with her face against the wall with tears coming out of her eyes. She refused dinner. I came home a few hours later to check on her and she was in the middle of the living room floor looking at the couch where my mom mostly stayed, crying. I had to go back to hospice and just about 4 hours later my mom passed. I came home and Pixie was still crying and refusing food. The next morning she had quit crying tears but refused food again. I rushed her to the vet and after being checked the vet said that she was grieving and depressed. Yes cats do cry real tears!

April 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm
(226) Franny Syufy says:

Oh Rusty, that is such a sad story that it brought tears to my eyes. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your Mom, It also has to have been hard for little Pixie.

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