It can be extremely challenging to know when cats are in pain and may need to checked by veterinarian. certainly, sometimes it’s quite obvious. You know your cat is in pain when you see a large wound, noticeable limp, or observe an accident. In general, most cats do an excellent of hiding their pain. Fortunately, there are many signs that could indicate possible pain in cats.
- Behavior changes: Resistance to touch and wanting to be left alone. Be very cautious when handling a cats in pain, they are more likely to bite & scratch.
- Breathing Pattern: is very indicative when cats in pain and may have a faster and more shallow breathing
- Heart rate increases.
- Eye Changes: The cat eyes can be strong indicators of pain causing dilated pupils, and be constricted pupils or Squinting if the pain in the eye
- Food and Water Changes: Cats in pain often eat less or even stop eating if pain is severe.
- Lethargy & hiding: Most cats in pain will be less active and hiding
- Grooming More or Less: in general grooming less but if cat able to determine the source of pain on their body such as wound, skin inflammation they well lick continuously.
- Mobility Changes: Cats in pain move around less, particularly if they have problem in their joints or bone such as arthritis. They may limp, or go more slowly up or down the stairs.
- Bathroom Changes: Cats who have back pain, or anal sac disease, may have difficulty with the posture needed to defecate and can be constipated.
- Body Contour Changes: Swellings, be they on your cat’s legs, body, or face, could be an indication of a painful condition, such as cat bite or tooth root abscess, inflammation, cancer, or something else.
If you notice one or more of these symptoms contact your vet or call our veterinary hospital in Newmarket Aurora area at 905-898-1010