It can be quite challenging to tell sometimes whether your cat is in pain. Sometimes, it is visible in the physical appearance of the cat, like limping. However, the signs might not be that much apparent at other times. So if you want to know how to tell if your cat is in pain, then read this article.
Signs to Tell If Your Cat Is In Pain:
Seeing a cat in pain is no fun. The thing that is more dangerous is that when you don’t even realize that your cat is in pain. In addition to the cat peeing on bed, here are some ways to tell if your cat is in pain:
Change in Behavior – If an active cat spends most of his time sleeping, it is a sign that the cat is in pain. Likewise, if a cat becomes bad-tempered, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he is getting old. Relaxed cats can become really aggressive when they are in pain.
Lethargy – Cats are living beings, so when they are in pain, they don’t want to get up and do anything. Lethargy is quite difficult to spot in cats because they sleep often, but even a lazy cat shows signs of lethargy when he is in pain.
Constant Purring – Purring is mostly seen as a sign of pleasure in cats. But it is also a sign of pain and discomfort. Kittens learn to purr because their mothers do it too. Cats in pain purr more often to comfort themselves. There may also be spraying: see Why Do Cats Spray?
The Cat’s Bowl Remains Untouched – Like humans, when cats are in pain, they show a disinterest in eating. Severe pain can cause nausea in cats which leads to loss of appetite. So you should take the loss of appetite as a sign that your cat is in pain.
Excessive Licking of A Certain Area – Cats in pain try to relieve themselves by constantly licking the area which is bothering them. Cats with urinary infections do this a lot.
Not Grooming – It isn’t normal for a cat to become greasy and dirty. Most cats look less groomed than their younger years because arthritis makes the stretching needed for grooming difficult. A cat who stops grooming should be seen by a vet.
Bathroom changes – Bladder infection is quite painful for the cat and creates an urge to urinate, so you see that the cat would be peeing all around the house when it never did before. Back and rear cat can make it difficult for the cat to bend and defecate which makes it seem that the cat is constipated. Do male cats spray? Extra when they’re in pain.
Abnormal Body Positions – A cat with severe pain will sit with his feet under her and her nose on the floor. The cat may show other abnormal positions which aren’t obvious.
Hiding – Pain can make a cat quite vulnerable, so he will try to hide himself as much as possible.
Sleeping in one Position – When cats are in pain, they mostly sleep on their right side. They don’t change their position the whole night.
Seeing a cat in pain isn’t just painful for the cat; it’s painful for you too. So you should take your cat to the vet so that your family member becomes whole again.