One of the reasons why we love our cats is for their often mysterious behaviors that can be playful, mischievous, and admittedly difficult to predict or comprehend. As a result of their fascinating personalities, cats can be tough to read.
On top of that, cats have an instinct that tells them to mask signs of pain or illness. In the wild, this would keep them safer from predators. In our homes, however, it can sometimes prevent them from getting the veterinary care they need.
As a result, it’s up to pet owners to pay close attention to their cats’ behavior, routine, mood, appetite, appearance, and energy level to detect slight changes and behaviors that could indicate that they’re in pain.
8 Signs Your Cat Is in Pain
As you read through this list, you’ll notice that many signs of pain in cats are contradictory. That’s why you must observe your cat for changes.
1. Unusual Vocalization
2. Changes to Routine
Withdraw from family
Sleeping more or less
Drinking more or less
Litter box trouble
Urinating more or less
Grooming one area more
Biting, licking, scratching, or chewing at a spot
Rests with feet beneath the body
5. Physical Activity
Excessive panting (even at rest)
Trembles or shakes
Reluctant to move
Has difficulty getting up or down from places
Has difficulty standing up or laying down
Continuous standing up and sitting down
Avoids being touched
Seeks more affection than usual
6. Aggression (in a Normally Friendly Cat)
Pins back ears
Eyes appear glazed
8. Guarded Behavior
Doesn't want a part of the body touched
Doesn't want to be picked up
Doesn't put weight on a certain limb
Schedule a Sick Pet Appointment With Our Tucson Veterinarians
If you notice any unusual or unexplained changes in your cat, we strongly encourage you to seek veterinary care right away. Our veterinarians will examine your cat, recommend any necessary tests, and talk with you about our findings to determine the best course of action to help your cat feel better right away.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact Adobe Veterinary Center today.
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Our practice is unique in that we provide medical care to multiple species in the greater Tucson area. Three of our veterinarians specialize in the care of dogs and cats and the other three veterinarians specialize in the care of horses and livestock.