Cats are wonderful pets, but they’re a little more aloof than dogs and are known for being mysterious. Because of this personality characteristic, many pet parents do not know how to tell if a cat is in pain or not feeling well. 

In addition, felines are also incredibly resilient animals and will often hide their illnesses and injuries. — This is because cats in the wild need to avoid showing weakness and vulnerability to protect themselves from other bigger prey. Domestic felines have likely adopted a similar trait.

How To Tell If A Cat Is In Pain

A cat will often display gradual or sudden changes in their behaviour, body language and even facial expression when they’re in pain. Here are some common signs that something’s wrong with your furry feline:

  • Lethargy and being sedentary all day
  • Reduced appetite
  • Disinterest in playing
  • Hiding away and being withdrawn
  • Increased irritability and aggression
  • Excessive meowing, hissing, groaning and purring
  • Disliking being touched or handled
  • Decreased grooming
  • Sitting hunched over 
  • Squinting or closing eyes
  • Flattened ears
  • Nose, cheeks and mouth appear more compressed

Note that cats respond differently to pain. Depending on their general health, age and environment, some cats may display more signs than others, and some will display only minor behaviour changes.  So it’s important to be observant of their behaviours.

What To Do When A Cat Is In Pain

Visit the Vet

A variety of reasons can cause pain in cats. It could be due to a recent injury or an underlying condition. The veterinarian can prescribe pain relief medications or surgery depending on the cause of the pain and the severity of the condition. Please DO NOT give them human pain relief drugs, such as ibuprofen, as they could be harmful to cats. 

At Home Care

To help your furry baby ease through the pain period, create a home environment that is quiet, comfortable and as stress free as possible for them. Here are some tips:

  • Limit their physical movement. 
  • Keep other pets away and prevent young children from rough playing.
  • Relocate their bed, food dishes and litter box for easier access.
  • Use comfortable, soft, padded bedding.

How To Tell If A Cat Is In Pain: Recognising Early Is Key

It’s crucial to recognise early signs that your pet cat is in pain. Although cats are famously secretive and can sometimes hide their discomfort for long periods, the changes in their usual behaviour and physical demeanour can be a tip off that something is going on. Recognising the signs early on can help you give the care they need to be healthy again and avoid other potential illnesses. 

If you have noticed your cat displaying signs of pain, consult your vet immediately.

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