Identifying pain: The enigmatic ways cats show—and hide—pain

Unfortunately, our cats can’t just tell us when they hurt. Of course, there’s no doubt when it’s dinner time, right? But the truth is, cats—they’re masters at hiding pain. If you don’t pay attention to the little clues that indicate your cat is hurting, you may miss when they need your help.

The obscure cat
Cats are good at hiding their pain. So, if you notice your cat acting grouchy, flattening his ears back, really crouching up his body position, or—especially—hiding, it may be a good indication that your pet is experiencing pain.

Here are some other indicators:

  • Not being able to jump up on a bed or counter
  • Any issues with the litter box
  • Not grooming or not wanting to be groomed
  • A decrease in appetite
  • Aggressive behavior when touched

If you suspect that your pet may be experiencing pain, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Source: Janice Huntingford, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVPP, CCRT, CAVCA

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