How To Tell If Your Cat Is In Pain

As a cat owner, you know when your cat is happy or hungry, but would you be able to tell if your cat was in pain? It can be difficult to tell if your cat is in pain, especially if your cat is very independent. Knowing the key signs of pain can help your pet avoid further injury or illness and help give you peace of mind.

We’ve developed an overview of the common symptoms of pain in your pet. If your cat demonstrates one or more of the following symptoms, they may be in pain and it’s critical that you contact a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Signs Of Pain In Cats:

 Hiding And Reduced Activity

When cats are feeling vulnerable, they will hide from other animals (and you) to ensure they stay safe. If you notice your pet is hiding more frequently than usual, or have limited their activity levels, they may be in pain.

Grooming Habits

Many pains can lead to poor grooming habits in a cat. If they seem to be cleaning themselves less, it may be because it is painful to change positions and stretch. The opposite in your cat may also indicate pain. Keep a close eye on your pet to determine if the pain is only in one spot, or if there are several locations. Consult with your vet as soon as possible as too much grooming can open wounds or lead to infection.

Litter Box Habits

If your cat starts going to the bathroom in places other than its litter box, it might be an issue related to pain including conditions like feline cystitis or other conditions.  This is one of the more common symptoms  that a cat will demonstrate when they don’t feel like themselves. Evaluate all of your pet’s symptoms as this symptom alone could indicate many things, including frustration.

Loss Of Appetite

Unlike dogs, cats can take hours, or even days, to finish a bowl of food. Every cat is different, and a change in their eating habits may indicate that they are not feeling well. If your cat is having stomach pain, eating will be especially difficult for them. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian if you suspect something.

Personality Change

When cats are in pain, their behavior and personality will change. They may become more aggressive than usual, they may become disinterested in things they normally enjoyed and they may be shy or fearful. If you notice dramatic changes in your cat, call your veterinarian. .

Decreased Energy

Your cat’s energy levels can tell you a lot about how they’re feeling. If you notice that your pet is sluggish or isn’t as motivated, they might have pain. Keep a close eye on your pet and document these changes for your veterinarian.

What To Do If Your Cat Is In Pain:

If you have noticed one or more of the following changes in your pet, it is important to consult with your veterinary specialist. You want to make your pet comfortable and as pain-free as possible, so limit their physical activity and keep a close eye on them for any progressing symptoms.


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