Signs that Could Mean Your Cat is in Pain

Pain in cats is a tricky thing because it’s rarely obvious… until it’s quite severe. Cat owners should therefore educate themselves about the signs and symptoms of pain in cats so they can offer relief as soon as possible.

In fact, it’s a pet owner’s ethical and legal responsibility to help their pets when they’re experiencing pain.

Here’s an overview of the signs and symptoms of pain in cats you should know about.

Appearance & Behavioural Changes

  • Lethargy
  • Ungroomed
  • Anxious or uneasy
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Rapid or shallow breathing
  • Hiding or avoiding other cats
  • Restless or aggressive without any apparent reason
  • Vocalization when approached or urged to move
  • Vocalization that’s unusual in general
  • Uncharacteristically quiet
  • Constant licking
  • Inappetence

Movement & Posture Changes

  • Stiff
  • Limping
  • Tilted head
  • Holding up a limb
  • Abnormal posture
  • Walking with a stilted gait
  • Sitting still and crouched or hunched up
  • Arched back when lying down or standing
  • Extended head, neck and body (possible sign of chest pain)

IMPORTANT

Since cats respond differently to pain, all of these signs and symptoms are merely guidelines. Still, if you notice any of these signs, contact your vet today to discuss pain relief options for your cat.

DID YOU KNOW?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be used to reduce and manage pain in cats before surgery?

Talk to your vet about the best ways to manage your cat’s pain effectively.

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