Cat pain can be caused by such things as arthritis, dental problems, urinary tract infections, bone disease and cancer. Pain is also common following a surgical procedure.
You are in the best position to look for the subtle changes in behavior that may indicate your pet is suffering. It’s important to stay alert to these signs, because the sooner your cat’s pain is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he or she can heal and resume a normal, happy life.
If your cat exhibits one or more of these behaviors and you suspect it may be due to pain, notify your veterinarian immediately:
• Withdraws from social interaction
• Decreased appetite
• Changes in sleeping or drinking
• Fails to use the litter box
• Urinates frequently
• Won’t groom or grooms less, looks unkempt
• Sleeps more
• Scratching a particular part of its body
• Reluctant to move
• Has difficulty getting up from a laying position
• Repetitively gets up and lies down
• Trembles or shakes
• Can’t leap as high
• Seeks more affection
• Avoids being petted or handled
• Generally lays with feet underneath
• Arches back or tucks in abdomen
• Grimaces, furrowed brow, vacant stare
• Glazed, wide-eyed or looks sleepy
• Enlarged pupils
• Flattened ears
• Pants when at rest
• Protects a part of its body
• Doesn’t put weight on a limb
• Doesn’t want to be held or picked up
especially a previously friendly cat
• Acts out of character
• Growls, hisses, bites
• Pins ears back
Don’t Treat Your Cat’s Pain by Yourself!
Never administer pain medication to a pet without consulting with your veterinarian. Many human pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, are poisonous and can be fatal to cats.
Different types of pain require different types of treatment. After diagnosing the problem, we will explain the benefits, risks and costs associated with each option. That way, you and your veterinarian can choose the treatment plan that best meets the needs of you and your cat.
Whenever you have a question or concern about your cat’s health, please call us at 650-779-4125.
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San Bruno Pet Hospital