This morning, as I was getting ready to go to work, I put the kitten that has recently adopted me outside on my patio so that she wouldn’t use my living room as her bathroom and, while I was closing the door, she tried to dart back in only to get caught which, obviously, made her yell out in pain.
After making sure she was okay, I got to thinking about why it is that animals, including humans, scream, yell, or otherwise vocalize their pain when getting hurt. What’s its purpose? I do it just like everyone else but it’s never made me feel any better, which is the only possible reason I can think to explain it.
Tangentially, wouldn’t it even be dangerous in the wild as it would allow possible predators to know you’re wounded and somewhere nearby?