Signs That Your Cat Might Be In Pain
Cast tend to hide when they are in pain. The identical behavior is noticed in the wild cats also. Read on to discover why they hide and how you can easily recognize when your cat is in pain.
Pain in cats can be caused by several different reasons, trauma, diseases, surgery, medical treatment, or something else. Cats are very sensitive beings who love to suffer in silence.
Only when a cat is really in pain she will make a sound. Otherwise, she will remain silent and probably well hidden somewhere. Therefore, it can be tough to know if your cat is in pain or not, where the pain is coming from, and what is causing it.
Again, cats are experts in hiding, and that’s something that even big cats in the wild do the same.
Cats in the wild who suffer from an injury or are in pain will try to hide it in an attempt to show predators that they aren’t vulnerable. This often depends on their age, environment, and general health.
What Can I Give My Cat For Pain?
First and the most important rule when you notice that something is strange with your cat is to contact your veterinarian.
Of course, there is a vast number of medications that you can use to provide pain relief to your cat, but it’s OK to use it only what your veterinarian approves.
Never give cat medicine on your own belief. In most cases, underlying conditions can be treated with medicine, but others may require surgery, like a broken bone, for example.
Never use popular hand drugs such as paracetamol or ibuprofen because they are highly toxic to cats. If you have animal painkillers at home, contact your veterinarian.
What Can I Do To Help My Cat In Pain?
If your feline is recovering from surgery or an illness, try to limit their movement and physical activity. Padded and soft bedding can help.
Also, see for the environment to be as comfortable as possible. A calm and comfortable environment will always speed up the cat’s recovery. Different types of pain will require different types of treatment.
Always ensure that you are giving the right dosage of any medications prescribed by your vet.
Each cat will react differently, which is why it’s so important to monitor your cat’s reaction.
If you notice any unusual behavior, contact your veterinarian. If you notice something unusual and the hour is late, contact your nearest Vets Now pet emergency service.
How Can I Tell If My Cat Is In Pain?
To know how your cat behaves when she’s sick, you need to know perfectly how she acts when she is normal. This includes their normal attitude, appetite, sleep habits, energy level, and other behavioral patterns.
After all, knowing ‘normal’ will enable you to know when something is wrong. Cats don’t like to be handed in general.
So, when evaluating your cat for potential pain, there is a chance that you or someone else could get bitten or scratched, so always remember to be careful.
Even if your cat would never normally scratch or bite, the single fact that you are handling her physically can put her in distress.
Common Signs Of Cat In Pain
1. Biting and Scratching
Cats in pain are more likely to bite and scratch. Even if you are her favorite person in the world, she won’t hesitate to bite you or scratch if needed. This is especially true when a person moves or touches a painful area.
2. Breathing Changes
Just like when humans, cats can change their breathing when in pain. They may breathe deeper and also pant. There can even be a change in the movement of the stomach and chest muscles.
Purring is an important part of a cat’s communication. A cat may purr when she is happy and feels safe.
Still, in some cats purring may be pain related. Did you know that purring may actually increase in a cat experiencing pain? So, if your cat isn’t much of a purrer, she might be experiencing pain.
4. Food and Water Changes
Cats are creatures of habit. They love their routine, their space, their water bowl, and favorite snacks on a daily level. So, when something changes in their regular steps, be sure that something is off track.
Is your feline eating less? She doesn’t drink water as much as she used to? Be close to her next time she starts eating or drinking water.
When they do eat and drink, if the cause of their pain is their teeth, they may drop food and/or water out of their mouth.
5. Grooming Changes
Just like routine, cats are very serious when it comes to grooming.
Cats can spend hours in silence grooming themselves. If you notice any fur change or that your cat avoids grooming, it may be a sign that something is wrong.
A decreased amount of self-grooming usually means illness. On the other hand, a cat with a wound may excessively groom the area.
6. Bathroom Changes
Cats who have back pain,o pr for any reason, may have trouble getting in position to go poop. In those cases, a litter box is a massive challenge for them. Cats are clean animals and may force themself to wait with bathroom needs.
As a result, they may become constipated. However, the pain can also lead to constipation because the flexibility of their intestines is reduced. Cats with joint pain and bone pain may have difficulty getting into their litter boxes. They may start urinating or defecating outside of their boxes.
7. Energy Level Changes
Some cats are energetic, while others prefer to be real couch potatoes. As a general rule, cats in pain will be less active. When a healthy cat is less active, it can usually lead to obesity, while cats who go through pain may sleep more and be less active.
When in pain, cats may have less need for running or jumping. Many cats will also hide when in pain and choose to spend time in closets or under couches, or under beds. Be sure to check regularly for hiding, as it’s often a very telling sign.
8. Body Contour Changes
Body changes are a common sign that there is a health-related problem. Any sign of swelling on your cat’s body, legs, or even face could be an indicator of a painful condition.
These body contour changes could sign a cat bite, tooth root abscess, cancer, inflammation, or something else.
9. Mobility Changes
Cats with pain often move around less. Depending on what hurts, they may still move around the same amount, but differently. They may move with a limp or go more slowly or difficult up the stairs or coming down.
They can also be less eager to jump like they used to. These symbols are signs of your cat suffering from arthritis, which should be checked with your veterinarian.
The veterinarian will suggest adding some joint mobility and fish oil supplements to their food in most cases.
Six Things to Know About Cat Pain:
- Cats will always first try to hide their pain
- Always look for a subtle sign of pain in a dog
- Behavior changes, heart rate, and even different appearance can all change when a cat is in pain
- If you suspect anything immediately contact your veterinarian
- Never give your cat medication unless your veterinarian tells you to do so
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