Is my cat in pain? Vet Patrick von Heimendahl explains the signs to look out for

September 21, 2022

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Did you know that September is Animal Pain Awareness Month? Keep reading to understand why spotting pain in cats can be tricky, and the tell-tale signs that suggest your cat needs veterinary attention.

If you have any concerns about your cat after reading our article, book a consultation at our 28 Clarendon Street vet practice.

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Cats have evolved to disguise pain, as for their wild ancestors, showing pain or weakness could leave them vulnerable to predators.

Although our pet cats are no longer wild, they still express many of the same behaviours, which can make it harder for owners to tell when they are in pain. As a nod to Animal Pain Awareness Month, Patrick and the team at Clarendon Street Vets want to help pet owners understand how to identify pain in their cats.

12 signs that can indicate pain

  1. Increased vocalisation
  2. General changes to behaviour
  3. Lameness / subtle shifting of weight
  4. Biting or overgrooming a specific area
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Lethargy
  7. Lack of interest in life
  8. Reluctance to interact
  9. Reluctance to be touched
  10. Swelling/redness
  11. Sleeping more than normal
  12. Not wanting to move much

There are many different types and causes of pain. Some pain can be more subtle, chronic pain can gradually increase, and then there is more intense acute pain. If you notice any of the above symptoms it is important to speak to your Vet. If there does seem to be underlying pain we can diagnose the nature the problem and either resolve the issue or seek to manage to the pain, short or long term.

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