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Published by in Client Education - Cat pain ·
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It can be extremely challenging to know when cats are in pain. 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.
•\tBehavior 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.
•\tBreathing Pattern: is very indicative when cats in pain and may have a faster and more shallow breathing
•\tHeart rate increases.
•\tEye 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
•\tFood and Water Changes: Cats in pain often eat less or even stop eating if pain is severe.
•\tLethargy & hiding: Most cats in pain will be less active and hiding
•\tGrooming 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.
•\tMobility 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.
•\tBathroom Changes: Cats who have back pain, or anal sac disease, may have difficulty with the posture needed to defecate and can be constipated.
•\tBody 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.


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