Cats Are Masters at Hiding Pain

December 24, 2013 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

Cats are very good at hiding discomfort and illnesses, making it hard for their owners, and sometimes even their vets, to pick up on their pain. It is important for feline owners to observe their pet’s behavior and look for signs that they may be in pain.

Here are some behavior changes to look for to help determine if your cat is in pain or has an underlying condition that led to the abnormal behavior:

* Retreats, hides, can’t seem to get comfortable in any position * Changes in posture, activity level, attitude, appetite, and reactions to being touched or handled
* Noticeable changes in the movement of the eyes, ears, and whiskers * Changes in litter box behavior such as not covering their elimination or not being able to climb into the litter box at all
* Fur not groomed as well as usual, suggesting that your cat doesn’t have full, pain-free range of motion

Your pet could be suffering from a condition such as degenerative joint disease or others. As a cat owner, you can improve your kitty’s quality of life by watching for these symptoms and behavior changes. Take notes of your cat’s behavior and make an appointment with your vet if you notice their silent but painful cries for help. Vets have a series of simple tests that may be able to confirm painful conditions, pinpoint the location of pain, and begin the process towards diagnosis and solution.

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