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Q: Do All Cats Comfort Their Owners in Times of Pain?

January 12, 2009 | By Sue16 | 21 answers | Expired: 1914 days ago

Yesterday I fell down my stairs and not one of my four cats seemed to care. They all stayed inside the apartment while I was lying at the bottom of a flight of stairs out in the hallway to the apartment complex. My neighbor's cat, Tommy stood at the top of the stairs peering down at me. Luckily, I was not seriously injured...Just a twisted, sore foot and ankle and several cuts on my left hand.
I feel bad that my cats did not seem to care. But I'm O:K.
Is this a normal response from cats or are they generally more concerned?

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Kelly
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Jan 26, 2009

There have been some studies that proved that cats "feel" your pain. Cats are little individuals so its probably cat-specific & there are probably other factors that could influence their behavior. If you cried out or the mere sound of you falling down the stairs could have scared them. Also, some cats & cat parents are more bonded so the cats are going to be more in tune to what their caretakers are feeling.

My cats all show great concern when my husband or I are sick or hurt. I recently severely cut my finger & while trying to take care of it they were all following me & crying. When I returned from the doctor they all took turns snuggling with me & they followed me every step I took. And every time one of us is out in the yard working with a new rescue dog we have cats standing at the window screeching & pacing because we're with a big, strange dog & they're afraid for us.

I do hope you're feeling better. I've fallen down the stairs myself...I don't recommend it! :-)

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Kelly M.
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Jan 13, 2009

I think it depends on the cat. The cats I have now, don't seem to care if I am sick. But I have had cats that wouldn't leave my side if I was sick.

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Lora W.
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Jan 12, 2009

My cat Midge always knows when I don't feel well and is right there to comfort me. I think it depends on the cat though. When I'm sad she usually cuddles up to me.

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mary k.
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Jan 12, 2009

I know when my ex used to yell at me (maybe that is why he is my ex!) Millie would meow funny and come over to me and make sure I was ok. That is the only time she would meow like that so I think she was trying to comfort me.

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Olivia
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Jan 12, 2009

I agree that it is cat-specific. Our cats even pick out certain members of the family that they will comfort. Harper will stay close to the females in the house if they are not feeling well, but Ariel only looks out for my mom. My mom has fibromyalgia, and on her bad days Ariel will sit on top of her lap to keep her warm and comfort her. She will not get up, unless my mom has to for some reason. Lemonade is just aloof to everything.

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Reginast
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Jan 12, 2009

It's a cat-specific thing. When I got my wisdom teeth out, Purrsy (RIP) came and snuggled next to my swollen cheeks. Coco wouldn't come to me even if her life depended on it.

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maria h.
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Jan 12, 2009

Out of 12 cats,zero react to anyone in pain.They like to lay on me and take turns doing that but that's about all!

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jan 12, 2009

From what I hear many cats are only concerned that their food supplies may be interrupted while you lie in pain.

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carol  s.
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Jan 12, 2009

Each and every individual cat has a different personality, and every one of them has their own ideas as to what may comfort us

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Amy
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Amy

Jan 12, 2009

No - I'm lucky if my cat even jumps into my lap. She's in love w/ my husband :(

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