In hopes of helping you recognize signs of pain that eluded me, here are some tips that could signal a cat in pain. How do you tell if your cat is in pain? If a super-active cat starts spending most of her day sleeping, this could be a sign that she’s hurting. I learned this the hard way when, after Siouxsie had four painful teeth extracted, her whole disposition changed. Normally sedate cats can become really hyper and agitated as a result of pain, too. When Siouxsie’s hips are bothering her, she only sleeps on her right side. Her left hip is more arthritic than the right one, and I suspect it’s more comfortable for her to sleep on the right side for this reason.
Because cats know that pain makes them vulnerable, a hurting cat will hide so that he can avoid being preyed upon by stronger animals. Cats who are hurting will try to bring relief by licking the area that’s bothering them. You see this a lot in cats with urinary tract infections or idiopathic cystitis. It’s not normal for older cats to get greasy and scruffy. Any cat who stops grooming needs to be seen by a veterinarian. A cat in severe pain will sit hunched up with her feet tucked under her and her nose almost on the floor. But there are other abnormal positions that may not be so obvious.
Siouxsie was walking in short strides with a hunched gait. This is particularly telling if it’s combined with abnormal body positions. I saw this look in Dahlia’s eyes a lot toward the end of her life. Cats with painful backs and hips may have trouble using the litter box as well as they used to. Holding the appropriate positions for peeing and pooping can be very difficult for a cat with sore hips or knees. Are there other subtle cat pain signs that you’ve noticed? Please share them in the comments.
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I week, she was given one injection of antibiotics, in case she might have a UTI. Laural does have back pain and has since we got her as a kit, we’ve never been able to hold her nor pick her up without her getting Hissy. Her back problems were confirmed by a Specialty Vet at The University of IL. We were informed 8 yrs. Laural would more than likely need Pain Control. Hissy, Violent, and placing her in more pain. Laurals Vet has given her multiple Steroid Injections which I feel make her more irritable and restless.
We’ve never had success giving Laural oral Medication, witout her foaming at the mouth, gagging, and vomiting. He gets two shots daily now. My 12 year old was doing the copious drinking and was diagnosed with hyperthoidroism. He got radiation treatment and is good as new. My vet also mentioned that caterwauling was another symptom. Best of luck in finding the solution! If you see that your cat is struggling to go up and down the stairs but previously he was very active then perhaps it’s the sign that they are in pain.
I love them both dearly. We have had it 4 years all year long, they go out in good weather for a period of 3-4 hours. 18,17,19 and over 45 years my vet bills are low. Keep your pets healthy and happy. More people will take in pets with omission of high vet bills and meds . Sometimes a sick cat third eyelids will show half way across the eyes even when a wake also this can be a sign of bad dehydration. Which means either get her to a vet quick or get fluids in her. Just wanted to thank you for this page . We have our companion for the last 14 years, his name is Toby and he is a gorgeous cat. Unfortunately he has lost so much weight. He was just diagnosed with pancreatic disease affecting his liver and has ibs. I just don’t know where to go to find out about how to make his food . Do u have recipes ? I don’t mind cooking at all for him . My daughter has chrons and now she has an ileostomy so I kind of know a little about foods.