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Why do animals seem to handle surgery better than humans?

Asked by knitfroggy (8962points) January 29th, 2010

My 9 month old kitten, Timmy, got neutered yesterday. He kind of limped around when he came home, but other than that, he is acting pretty normal. He isn’t quite as active as usual, but really, he seems just fine.

I’m guessing if my husband had the same procedure done, there would be much crying and belly aching, pain meds and such. Why do animals seem so un-fazed by surgery?

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Snarp's avatar

Because they can’t tell you how much it hurts?

Your_Majesty's avatar

The surgery procedure is designed for less pain.

CaptainHarley's avatar

Because animals don’t have the sort of minds that allow them to blow things all out of proportion.

normaneo's avatar

Humans are emotional. And animals have a shorter attention span. Kids do better with surgery than adults as well. The day we brought our 5 year old daughter home from having her tonsils out, we wanted to know if she wanted ice cream, she wanted bacon instead!

CaptainHarley's avatar

Mmmmmmmmmmm! BACON! : ))

njnyjobs's avatar

The human brain is structured differently from that of animals.

One area of great importance for pain perception in humans is the cortex and its relative size decreases as we descend the evolutionary tree. For instance, in relative terms, the cortex gets smaller going from humans, through primates, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibia and finally to fish, which possess only a rudimentary cortex.

stump's avatar

Do you often think about having your husband neutered?

CaptainHarley's avatar

Pain is good. It lets you know you’re still alive. If you have pain, take an aspirin and drive the frack on! : )

marinelife's avatar

They have recuperative powers that are better than ours, because it’s a needed adaptation for the wild. No one will feed them if they can’t move around and hunt their own food. Then they would die.

Likeradar's avatar

@Doctor_D Do you think that animal procedures are designed to be less painful than procedures on people? Why wouldn’t the same technology/medical advancements be used on people?

Ga @Snarp

mcbealer's avatar

Animals do not feel sorry for themselves when they’re not feeling well or sick. I see this daily in my 14 year old dog Tilly, who has chronic arthiritis.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

Humans, for lack of a better way to put it, “milk things for all they’re worth.” Sometimes this is done on a conscious level, sometimes not. This is often known as secondary gain, whereby a person gets external sympathy from illness behavior.

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