Cat Pain: Signs your cat may be suffering
Do you know how to tell if your cat may be in pain? You might be thinking “Oh, that’s easy! He’ll cry or whimper!” Not necessarily so! By nature, cats tend to hide their pain or suffering. If you suspect your cat may be in pain, you should be aware of some tell tale signs.
- Personality changes
- Resistance to touch
- Resting one position
- Excessive licking in one general region
- Lack of grooming
- Different body positions
- Distant look in her eyes
- Litter box habits
Any drastic changes in behavior can be a sign your cat is sick. If you have a pet that is unapproachable and all of a sudden becomes more loving, that could be a sign that she’s trying to tell you something. Or vice versa, if you have a cat that is very affectionate and becomes distant, that could also be a sign something is going on.
If she is experiencing pain, she might guard the area and snap at you if you try to touch it. This typically occurs with cats that have arthritis. Their joints ache and they do not like to be touched. If your cat is only sleeping in one position, it could mean that’s the only comfortable, pain-free way she can sleep.
When a cat is experiencing pain, they may feel defenseless and hide. But why? They retreat to protect themselves from other animals, which goes back to their adaptations that helped them survive in the wild.
A cat may continuously lick the area that is bothering them to feel some type of relief. Most cats groom themselves, but if they don’t feel well it may be too painful to move or stretch to do this simple act. Grooming is an instinctive thing done by every cat.
Be aware of any body positions that are unusual for your cat. When in pain, many cats will also have a distant look in their eyes.
If you have a cat that is suffering, it may be too painful for her to use the litter box. Stepping in and out of the box, squatting to pee or poop might even be too challenging.
Sometimes the symptoms are very subtle. So, it may be hard to determine if your cat is in pain or suffering from some type of ailment. But, perhaps this blog post will help you watch for any changes that could alert you before the situation becomes more serious. As always, consult your veterinarian if you think something is wrong with your pet.