13 Oct 2020
Cats suffering from chronic pain or illness will hide their discomfort and it’s something they are VERY good at! Showing signs of weakness in the wild is likely to end in disaster by becoming a meal for a bigger predator, so it’s in their DNA. That’s why it makes it incredibly difficult for owners to know that their beloved cat is in pain.
So, what are the signs an owner can look out for that might give us humans a clue? There are several but they can be subtle.
Some signs are:
- A reduced appetite – could indicate dental pain.
- Sleeping more.
- Less interest in playing, interacting with their humans or going outside.
- Appearing more sensitive to their human touching their body and actively or passively avoid being handled.
- Changes in how they move; no longer jumping onto surfaces or the bed, taking the steps one at a time.
- Increased irritability with more frequent vocalisation such as hissing or growling.
- Decrease in their personal grooming OR and increase in grooming potentially leading to bald patches and/or sore skin.
These signs may develop over time and can go unnoticed which is why it’s important to spend time just observing and getting to know your cat so you can understand and identify what is “normal” for them so that you are more likely to spot something different if it presents itself.
If you want advice on any health issue that is affecting your cat, call the team and book your vet appointment. We also have a fantastic FREE clinic for our senior cats (7 years and older) where you can access a free urine test, a free health check and a free blood pressure check. Call the team today and book yours on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352.