Even though house cats have been domesticated for 10,000 years, their instincts still tell them to hide their vulnerabilities.
Cats are stoic. This trait can make it hard to know when they’re in pain.
If your cat’s habits change, he might be in pain.
You know your cat better than anyone, but you still might ask yourself “how do I know if my cat is in pain”? You’ll notice your cat isn’t acting like himself:
●Decreased appetite—Cats in pain stop eating or have a decreased appetite. They may also drink less.
●Social withdrawal—Your cat may withdraw and avoid social interactions. They might seek comfort and affection. A typically friendly cat may become aggressive.
●Bad litter box habits—Your cat may stop using the litter box. Or, you may notice that their stool is hard and dry, indicating constipation.
Pain also lowers activity levels.
Changes can be subtle. So, things you can look for include:
●Decreased mobility—Your cat may move slower than usual, be reluctant to move, or limp when they do move. You might also notice they have difficulty getting up from a reclining position.
Your cat’s postures and facial expressions.
Your cat’s body language and facial expressions, vocalization, and posture help your cat communicate. Know how to read his pain cues:
●Posture—They may arch their back or tuck in their abdomen.
●Expression—They may have enlarged pupils, flattened ears, and a furrowed brow.