Pain in cats can be caused by an injury, trauma, disease, or after surgery. Cats like most animals can mask pain, thus making it difficult to identify where the pain is or what is causing it. The signs are easy to miss, especially in aged cats where people assume that the pain is due to old age. To know if your cat is in pain, here are some signs to watch out for:
- Reduced activity and play.
- Crying, hissing, or growling.
- Abnormal/Change in posture or movement.
- Reluctance to move or walk.
- Change in toilet habits.
- Licking a particular body region.
- Limping/difficulty jumping.
- Reduced appetite.
- Shallow or rapid breathing.
- Sudden change in temperament.
If you notice any of these signs, limit the cat’s movement and activity. You can provide soft bedding to provide comfort till you can see your Vet. Avoid self-medicating or using human painkillers on your cat. If you will use any painkiller at all, ensure it is a prescribed one by your Vet. If pain persists after medications, do visit the hospital.