Cats Hide Their Pain - What You Need to Watch For
Hiding pain is an instinctive response for felines in the wild. A cat in pain is seen as weak and vulnerable by other cats and predators.
Signs to look for that may indicate your cat is in pain:
- Hiding more than normal; Acting unusually quiet or withdrawn
- Agitation; refusal to lie down or sleep
- Loss of appetite
- Aggressive behavior or other personality changes
- Rapid breathing or panting
- Hissing, biting or running away when certain areas of the body are touched
- Increased heart rate
- Altered movement or gait
Most cats in pain do not vocalize, however, if your cat almost never howls or cries but suddenly starts, it could be a sign there's something painful going on.
Most common causes of pain in cats include:
- Trauma or injury
- GI tract disturbances
- Ingestion of poisons
- Dental/oral infections and diseases
- Urinary tract disease
- Infections of the eyes, ears, skin
- Diseases of the back or spine
- Surgery (including dental surgery)
- Major diseases like cancer
If you notice subtle signs of pain but are unaware of any health problems with your pet, it’s time to bring your cat into ABC Vet for an exam. The sooner you find out the underlying cause of your kitty’s pain, the sooner you can get her on the road to feeling better.
ABC Veterinary Hospital
We are a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in San Marcos, California. The professional and courteous staff at ABC Veterinary Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for our highly-valued patients.
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