Cats are very persistent creatures, and hosts can easily miss the signs of pain or discomfort that a cat experiences. For the survival of a single animal, it is very important not to show signs of physical weakness, so cats usually look completely healthy before the onset of severe stages of the disease.
The ability to quickly determine how severe the pain is and where it is localized helps in diagnosing diseases and alleviating the patient’s suffering. Your cat cannot talk to you and verbally describe the location and level of pain. Your cat cannot even point to a place on its body like a small child. Therefore, it is very important to pay attention to the physical signs of pain in a cat, as well as changes in behavior that can be a sign of pain. If you suspect your cat is in pain, please contact your veterinarian!
Here are 10 signs that your cat may be hurt. This is not a comprehensive list, but just a way to teach you to identify behavioral abnormalities caused by pain.
1-The cat began to meow more, or the meow became unusual.
Usually, almost all cats meow in a given situation. But here you can notice that the meow has become much more frequent, intense. You may also notice a change in the tone of meow. It may become throaty, low, or more like a cry than a request or invitation to play. You should not ignore such changes in behavior and just call a cat a “talker.” If this change in behavior occurred abruptly, then this should be the reason, and one of these reasons could be pain.
2-Intensive licking of one part of the body.
Cats are famous for caring for themselves very carefully. But if you notice that your cat focuses licking on a specific area of the body, this may be her attempt to alleviate the pain in this place. You may not notice how it licks, but you may notice a bald spot on the skin or thinning of the coat. If the cat intensively licks, then the chance of lumps of hair in the stomach increases, which can cause vomiting of hair. Pay attention to this symptom.
3-Change the appearance of the eyes.
You can see the appearance of the third century in front of the cat. This is a thin film that can completely close your eyes or be partially visible. A cat that is in pain may begin to squint more often or keep its eyes completely closed.
4-Inactivity, attempt to hide.
If you notice that your cat is becoming more closed or hiding more, this may be a sign of pain. If your cat, as a rule, is very sociable, then to notice its absence on ordinary evening gatherings is quite simple. But if the cat is timid, it will be more difficult to notice that she is hiding in an unusual place. Also, a sign of pain may be that a usually very affectionate and intrusive cat suddenly refuses to come to your knees or evades caresses. Now the cat may prefer to stay in darkened rooms and corners.
5-Dyspnea or breathing by sticking out your tongue.
This is not a normal way of breathing for a cat, so do not ignore this symptom. After intense physical activity, this symptom is within normal limits, but not at rest!
6-Irritability, aggression, or general mood change
Pain can cause both general irritability and full-fledged offensive aggression. Aggression can manifest itself, both in response to touch, and, at first glance, from scratch. A cat can hiss, growl, stand on end, and even rush at others. If you pet a cat where she previously liked it, and she suddenly starts to growl or moan, or bite and hit you with her paw, then this may be a sign that she is in pain.
Signs of potential pain can be much less obvious – it may just be a general change in mood or character.
7-Lack of appetite
This sign will be easier to notice if you feed your cat according to the regimen, and not in the public domain. This is only one of the reasons why I always recommend feeding cats precisely according to the regimen. If you have several cats, use separate bowls for each cat to control the amount of food that cats eat. If you simply put one large bowl of food for all cats, you will not be able to find out who eats and who does not, until signs of weight loss or weight gain are physically apparent.
8-Change in mobility and habitual postures
Your cat is usually active and playful, and now you can’t interest him even with your favorite toy? Perhaps he liked to climb to the top of the cat complex to watch the birds outside the window, but you noticed that he did not climb there for some time, or he needed more time and effort to climb. All of these can be signs of pain. A hunched posture is also a typical sign of pain, but you can easily skip it if you do not pay attention to how your cat usually stands or walks. Lameness is another obvious sign. A sign that is not so obvious is an offset posture. The cat, trying to remove the discomfort, stands or sits, shifting the weight to the side. When trying to lie down or sit down, the cat can shift for a long time from one side to the other, trying to find a comfortable position. Unwillingness to move at all is also a possible sign of pain.
9-Changes in tray usage
This can be any change in habits associated with physiological departures, including, more than usual, the use of the tray or refusal to use it. Your cat can often run into the tray without any result. She can sit in the tray longer than usual. You can hear meow while she is sitting in a tray. Some cats meow normally while in the tray, so it’s important to know and remember the typical behavior of your cat. You may notice that she meows more, or her voice has changed, and sounds more like a scream. You may notice urine or feces on the carpet or floor, as if the cat did not have time to run to the tray. A cat can push for a long time to pee or poke without any result. Also, a cat may suddenly begin to urinate in the wrong places. Cats tend to associate the tray itself with the pain they experience when trying to pee or poop.
Pay attention to the size and appearance of what is left in the tray. Changes in the volume, appearance, or smell of urine may indicate a urinary tract disease, and this probably means your cat is in pain. Take a look at the excrement before just picking it up with a spatula and throwing it into the toilet. Do they look different? Is there mucus on them? Does the color or smell seem a little different? Signs of constipation? Diarrhea? Changes in the condition of your cat’s urine and feces may indicate illness, as well as pain. Spending time looking at cat feces is not very pleasant, but it is an important way to monitor your cat’s health.
10- The cat has become more affectionate
Some cats are very gentle, affectionate and even intrusive, and some allow you to just pet yourself on the back just once or even do not like physical affection at all. Again, you better know your cat’s personality and normal behavior, so stay tuned. It’s easy to just sit back and enjoy the sudden desire of an unrelated cat to constantly be in your lap, but this may mean that your cat is looking for solace from pain.
The well-being of your cat is completely up to you!
Many signs of pain can be invisible and easy to miss. For example, if you do not regularly clean the tray, then you will miss the fact that your cat did not urinate and defecate for several days. If your usually friendly cat becomes hot-tempered, do not attribute this to a bad mood, beware! Sudden or uncharacteristic aggression is one of the most common signs of pain. Do not think that the cat suddenly went nuts! Run to the vet!
Cats are creatures living a routine, and changes in their behavior may be a sign that something is wrong from a medical point of view. No need to wait at the sea for weather and resolution of the situation without your help, if this relates to sudden changes in the behavior of the cat. It is possible that your cat is in excruciating pain right now and is trying to convey this to you, peeing past the tray, growling at his outstretched arm or sitting “offended” under the bed the second day.