Cats are notorious for their “poker faces.” Knowing when your cat hurts is no easy thing, unless the pain is extreme. Cats are excellent at masking pain. That means it’s harder to care for your pet, easier to miss trouble, and you could find yourself facing an emergency before you know it. You may never be able to know what your cat’s feeling at all times, but there are a few things you can learn about the signs that something is up and your cat hurts.
Slow Movements: When your cat isn’t feeling well, she may move slowly. How slow she moves may depend upon how much she hurts. If she is in a lot of pain, she may not move at all. If the pain is slight, she may only avoid moving certain parts of her body. Keep an eye on how she moves. You can test her; find something that normally excites her and see if she goes after it. If she does, she is probably alright.
Withdrawal: When cats don’t feel well, they may withdraw. It’s an instinct for self-preservation. If your cat is hiding more than usual and reluctant to come out, or refusing altogether, that could be a sign that she doesn’t feel well.
Agitation: When your cat is in pain, or ill, she may be agitated. Her heart may race. She may pace, or breathe hard. She might also cry, or howl. If you approach her like normal and she’s hurting, she may act oddly toward you, such as growling or swatting you away. It probably means that she wants to be left alone because she doesn’t feel well.
There are many other potential signs of pain in your cat and it’s not possible for a human to learn them all. A good rule to have is to know your cat well, and watch for any changes in behavior. Any noticeable behavioral change could be signs of a problem. If you suspect your cat is hurting, bring her in to Pet Vet Hospitals. It is better to be safe than sorry.