Crying is a natural part of the process of grieving. However, there are times when crying can be inappropriate. If you have ever watched a crying baby, then you know when your pet is in distress. Usually, it is when humans are around.
It may surprise you to learn that just as babies cry, animals cry as well. In fact, you may have observed your cat or dog cry at times. This does not always mean they are feeling happy. They may simply be seeking attention.
Some crying is normal. A puppy may cry for one of two reasons. He/she may be teething and looking for attention or he/she may be upset over something.
Sometimes a dog or cat will whine when they are hungry, as a way to get your attention. They may also do this when they are lonely or want to express their pain. They may make inappropriate noises if they are not teething. Of course, these types of whining will go away when they are full.
If your pet is not eating, he/she may cry out for help. Dogs especially cry when they are malnourished, as they use these cries to try and get some of the food they need. It is important not to take your dog off a leash or leave him/her unattended for long periods. If you need to leave the house, take with you some food or a toy that can comfort your pet.
Many dogs and cats will cry out when they are separated from their owners. They feel safer when they know they can call you to come and pick them up. If your pet does not seem to enjoy being alone, try to make it comfortable. Place a soft blanket or stuffed animal near him/her, or play some soothing music. Soon he/she will associate the comfort of your presence with your soft voice.
If your pet has an emotional issue, he may cry for no apparent reason at all. Dogs will cry out of boredom, loneliness, and fear. Cats cry because they are in pain or in fear. If you notice your cat crying for no apparent reason, try petting him/her and reassuring them they are okay. When they have had enough, simply return to the situation and try again later. Sometimes a simple change in the environment can help your pet to feel more secure and less stressed out.
These are just a few signs your pet is crying for help. It may be helpful to list each one for ease of remembrance later. Once you start to recognize your pet’s signs, you will be able to determine when he/she is feeling distressed or needs you to come and visit. Once you have identified your pet’s symptoms and triggers, hopefully you will be better prepared to offer your pet the emotional support they need during these stressful times. For some pets, the only way we can help is to simply show them they are not alone and we care about them.
The most common sign that your pet is crying out of stress is excessive crying. When your cat or dog cries out of frustration, they usually have issues with their eyes. They may tear up or even rip out their eye. Sometimes this happens even when there is no cat or dog around to cause the crying. Try petting and rubbing your pet and making them feel secure and happy, and eventually this may stop the crying.
Cats who are crying for no apparent reason will often rub their face on your lap. They may lick you in the face and look deep into your eyes. This helps to reduce the discomfort. If you have an indoor cat, you can place a towel over them while they are asleep and you can softly pet them. In the event the cat wakes during the night, it will be comforting to hear their meow.
If your pet has health issues, they may cry when they have to urinate or defecate. They may also cry if they have to go to the bathroom and are in pain. Their meowing could be due to anything from a severe infection to a blockage in their urinary tract. If you notice these signs, take them to the vet. There are many different health issues that can be caused by severe physical stress.
These are just a few signs that your pet is crying for help. Cats and dogs cry for different reasons and it can be difficult to decipher their needs. Understanding what causes the crying and what can help resolve the problem are two completely different things. The only way to know what is causing the cry is to speak with a veterinarian and get an appointment.