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Meow You Doin? | Signs Your Kitty is In Pain

Meow You Doin? | Signs Your Kitty is In Pain

You may talk to your cat more than your coworkers, but you can’t ask your cat to tell you on a scale of 1-10, how much pain they are in. Infants and toddlers can answer your questions to the best of their verbal ability, but cats answer your questions by using body language, so here is some advice to interpret their answer. Here at Veterinary Emergency Clinic, we see a lot of animals that are in serious pain. What if your kitty just isn’t acting normally? To try and help you better understand your little friend, here are a few signs of when a feline is in pain.

Since the dawn of time, cats have developed into incredible pain-maskers. As a cat owner, you know your animal better than anyone; especially with house cats. They become such a part of your home routine that a mutual-mind connection builds. Cats can always seem to tell how you’re feeling. They know when you need a hug, they know when you’re excited. And you can tell when they need a hug too. The bond between kitty and pet owner is tight, as any cat owner knows.

Better Safe Than Sorry | Signs Your Pooch is In Pain

The following is a collection of 25 different behaviors that could mean your cat is dealing with pain. These behavioral signs come from a 2016 journal, made up by a panel of 19 international veterinary experts in feline medicine. All of the following signs were deemed “sufficient to indicate pain, but no single sign was considered necessary for it.”

  • Lameness
  • Difficulty jumping
  • Abnormal gait
  • Reluctance to move
  • Reaction to palpation [applying light pressure with the hands]
  • Withdrawn or hiding
  • Absence of grooming
  • Playing less
  • Appetite decrease
  • Overall activity decrease
  • Less rubbing toward people
  • General mood
  • Temperament
  • Hunched-up posture
  • Shifting of weight
  • Licking a particular body region
  • Lower head posture
  • Blepharospasm [squinting]
  • Change in form of feeding behavior
  • Avoiding bright areas
  • Growling
  • Groaning
  • Eyes closed
  • Straining to urinate
  • Tail flicking

Some of these signs may seem like not a big deal. Everyone has seen their cat growl, groan, or have a little moodswing. The thing is, being aware of these signs as more than just a common moodswing could be the difference in catching a more serious ailment sooner rather than later. If you think your cat may be experiencing pain that isn’t improving, you’re faced with an emergency, or you just need to talk to a professional for peace of mind, call Veterinary Emergency Clinic anytime. We are always here, day and night, as WNY’s only animal hospital dedicated 100{6fdd4a93fbc373f337c30c94810533ae1e27fe778d1bee3cbebd09402be2e06e} to urgent care.




Behavioural Signs of Pain in Cats: An Expert Consensus. Merola I, Mills DS. PLoS One. 2016 Feb 24;11(2):e0150040.


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