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10 Signs That Your Cat may be in Pain

Cats are very stoic and it’s easy for human family members to miss signs of pain or discomfort. For an animal, it’s also important for survival to not display signs of physical weakness, if at all possible.

When you are in pain, the doctor or nurse will ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 1-10. With children, they may use the self-assessment scale that has different facial expressions to help a child better communicate the level of pain. Being able to quickly identify how bad the pain is and where it’s located, aids in diagnosis and in relieving the suffering. Your cat can’t communicate to you and verbally describe the location and level of pain. Your cat can’t even point to the spot on his body the way a young child could. It’s important for you to pay attention to physical signs as well as changes in behavior, personality or routine that could possibly be a red flag. If you suspect your cat is in pain, please don’t hesitate to get him to the veterinarian.

Here are 10 signs that your cat may be in pain. This is not an all-inclusive list but just a way to get you started on being more observant.

1.Increased Vocalization or Change in the Sound of Vocalization

Your cat may normally be vocal but you may now notice an increase in vocalization or changes to the tone or intensity of his meows. They may now sound more like crying or they may be more frequent. Don’t ignore changes in vocalization and just label your cat as becoming whiny.

three books by author Pam Johnson-Bennett and a quote from Beth Stern


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