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How Has Owning Cats Helped Me understand My Brain Injury?

Updated: Apr 13

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Cat-Like Behavioral Manifestations Following Traumatic Brain Injury


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a significant health concern that can lead to a range of cognitive, physical, and behavioral changes. Interestingly, some of these behavioral changes may resemble certain attributes commonly associated with cats. This paper explores the potential for TBI patients to exhibit cat-like behaviors such as selfishness, sudden bursts of energy, mood swings, staring off, and increased sleep.

Behavioral Changes After TBI

Cat-Like Attributes Post-TBI

  1. Selfishness: Post-TBI, individuals may exhibit behaviors that can be perceived as selfish. They may avoid others, interrupt others, or say things that do not fit the situation. This could be likened to the independent nature of cats.

  2. Sudden Bursts of Energy: Restlessness is a common behavior change after TBI. This could manifest as sudden bursts of energy, similar to the ‘zoomies’ seen in cats.

  3. Mood Swings: TBI patients may experience sudden changes in mood. This can be compared to the unpredictable and sometimes moody behavior exhibited by cats.

  4. Staring Off: Problems with focusing and processing information are common after TBI. This might result in the individual staring off into space, akin to a cat’s focused gaze.

  5. Increased Sleep: Fatigue is a common symptom after TBI. This could result in the individual sleeping more than usual, similar to the frequent napping behavior of cats.


While the comparison between post-TBI behaviors and cat-like attributes is metaphorical, it provides an interesting perspective on understanding the behavioral changes following a TBI. It’s important to note that these changes are a result of injury to the brain and require understanding and patience from caregivers and loved ones. Further research is needed to explore these behavioral changes in-depth and develop effective strategies for management and rehabilitation.


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Never saw the similarities. After reading your article, I can now see the similarities.

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