The cat tends to hide pain when it is injured, sick or weak; discovering it becomes decisive for resolving the disorder and avoiding more serious problems.
The cat is, in the imagination of man, an independent animal but also very strong and resistant. In fact, legend has it that the feline has 7 lives, but the cat also feels pain and unfortunately also tends to hide it, succeeding quite well.
Identifying the situation in which the cat is in pain and acting promptly by contacting the vet is of fundamental importance for its health… the sooner the cause of the pain is found, the easier and faster recovery will be!
When the cat is in pain
As always, the observation of the cat’s behavior is one of the keys to find out if there is something wrong.
Meowing – Prolonged meowing (for the not particularly talkative cat) could be the outlet of a psycho-physical discomfort. The cat may simply get bored or, in the worst cases, express pain that torments him in this way.
Cleanliness and Territory – If your cat stops or drastically reduces grooming time, has a rough, bristly coat, and does not pee territory, it is very likely that she is suffering from something.
Aggression and Stress – Some cats exhibit pain by becoming aggressive. If you notice any aggression phenomena that have never happened before, take cat to the vet for a complete diagnosis that will lead to find out if there are any health problems.
Sialorrhea – This is a constant loss of saliva. The cat shows interest and approaches food but cannot swallow due to the lack of saliva.
Loss of appetite – Loss of appetite should set you off the alarm as it can have serious consequences if present for 24 hours or more. Pain is in fact one of the first causes of weight loss. In less serious cases the cat will be inappetent for reasons of taste, change of house and sudden movement from one environment to another.
Pain relief positions – They are used to relieve pain. The cat crouched and hunched over on itself or lying down and with straight paws may have pains in the bowels. If you know cat’s habits and his postures, you will have no problem identifying any anomalies. You need to take him to the vet.
Change in breathing – Your cat’s slow, noisy, rough or shallow breathing could be a symptom of a serious illness. If you see the cat in this description again, you must take it to the vet.
Behaviors and habits: if the cat hides more than usual, shows too much tranquility, refuses to lie down or sleep, has walking problems, bites or runs away when some parts of his body are touched, no longer climbs on the scratching post, does the needs out of the litter box probably has some pain.
Diseases related to pain in cats
In addition to those already described above, the most common causes that can cause pain in cats are:
- trauma or injury;
- disorders of the gastrointestinal tract;
- ingestion of poisons;
- dental or oral infections and diseases;
- urinary tract diseases;
- third eyelid – this is the nictitating membrane (commonly called the third eyelid) that both cats and dogs possess which, under normal conditions, cannot be seen. If cat is apathetic, feels pain or has a fever, it is possible to see the third eyelid when he has his eyes open. It is important not to delay the veterinary visit;
- eye, ear and skin infections; _
- arthrosis – This is a disease that wears out the cartilage of the joints and causes muscle and joint pain. How to know if cat has this type of pain? Observe him and try to notice unusual behaviors such as he no longer climbs on the scratching post as he did before, has difficulty or refuses to move, goes to the toilet out of the litter box, rests much longer. Some of these behaviors, however, are typical of older cats so only the doctor will be able to make a precise diagnosis;
- back or spine problems;
- serious diseases such as cancer.