Possible Causes and Fast Relief for Your Cat’s Pain
Over the centuries the cat family have been predators who’ve mastered the art of masking pain. Cats will often not exhibit any signs of pain especially when potential mate or prey is around the corner. It is thus quite difficult to recognize pain in cats unless it is extreme or severe in nature. Cat owners and veterinaries hence have to rely highly on cat behavior to diagnose pain.
If your cat usually meows then suddenly stops, then it is in pain. If your cat doesn’t often make much noise but now begins to howl loudly, then it is in pain. However, if your cat isn’t sterilized, then it is probably just looking for a mate.
Bone or Joint Pain
Cats make exceptional playmates for children. This is attributed due to the fact that they are very playful. So if your cat or kitten is less playful or resists movement, there are chances that it is in pain. When in pain, cats withdraw from their normal environment and will tend to hide in secluded areas such as closets, under beds or other furniture or out in the garden The cat will spend more time resting or sleeping rather than jumping and running around. Cats do not stick to one place so it’s good to monitor their movement for any changes. If you notice them limping, hunched back or simply getting around differently, then they are in pain. Cats with pain in their bones and joints may also take time moving out and in of enclosed spaces. A hurt cat will interact much less and hide in different places. This could also be a sign that your cat is in the last stage of pregnancy if it is female and not sterilized.
Cats are natural friendly and love to cuddle with their owners and those they are familiar with. So if your cat starts to bite or scratch you or those she/he already knows, then they are probably hurting somewhere. They will also bite or scratch more, hiss or even run if they get the feeling that the sensitive part is about to be touched.
Difficulties in breathing
Do you know how to measure your cat’s heart rate? Well, it’s time you consulted your vet to teach you how. When your cat is in pain and you touch the area, their heart rate increases rapidly. If you are keen, you will also notice your cat exhibiting changes in breathing. When in pain, cats breathing is more shallow or faster than normal. Some cats will even pant. You may also notice changes in the cat’s abdominal and chest muscles as he/she breathes.
Pain can be indicated through your cat’s eyes too so observe them keenly. Eyes indicate pain in the cat’s eyes themselves. Dilated pupils are evidence of pain elsewhere in the body while pain in the eyes will cause them to constrict. Blood shot eyes and your cat exhibits increased squinting is also shows your cat is in pain. A cat in pain will also stay up all night and seem quite agitated.
If your cat isn’t feeding well or seems to have lost appetite, they there is a high likelihood that he/she is in pain. When a cat is suffering from tooth ache or gum ache, he/she will refuse to eat or drink anything administered to them regardless of how tasty it is. They may drop out the food or spit the drink if the pain is in their mouths. See your veterinarian if your cat is unable to consume anything for more than 48hours.
When a cat is sick or feeling pain, he/she may over-groom if there is something wrong with their skin or they have an injury. Cats may also groom less if they are in pain to avoid the discomfort associated with pain in an area or the body. Your cat may also have difficulties going to the bathroom which may also lead to constipation. Diseases can also be indicated through painful swellings of the cat’s body, face or legs.
Diseases which your cat may be suffering from include:
- Feline aortic thromboembolism,
- Kidney or bladder stones
- Bladder inflammation (cystitis)
- Urethral obstruction,
- Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- Stomach (gastritis)
- Intestines (enteritis),
- Digestive tract obstruction, ear infection ( which is quite painful for cats, especially if the infection involves the middle or inner ear & has gone on over a long time),
- Arthritis of the hip(s), elbow(s), or any other joint(s) ,
- Periodontal disease or tooth fracture or cancer(especially bone cancer, squamous cell carcinomas of the mouth, any type of cancer that enlarges a capsular organ).
Other causes of pain
Other causes of pain in cats include the ingestion of poisons, trauma or injury and surgery. Based on the causes of pain, if you have reason to suspect that your cat is in pain, consult your veterinary before administering any medication to your cat. Some medications such as Tylenol can prove to be very toxic to feline digestive systems hence one should avoid self-prescribing drugs without a vet’s advice. In case you have another pet such as a dog, don’t be tempted to administer your dog’s medications to your cat as the medication is harmful to cats.
Only a veterinary is in the best position to administer the appropriate medicine to meet your cats or other pet’s needs. To ease pain during the recovery process after surgery, develop a pain management plan if your cat needs to undergo any type of surgery. Vets often administer some medication to calm down cats before any procedure and reduce the pain that they may experience after. This also helps deal with the anxiety cats have while visiting a veterinary.
Not all pain, however, needs you to visit a veterinarian. Depending on the level of pain, you can manage the pain form home. Massaging your cat once in a while reduces inflammation and damage to its tissues. You can also consult your vet to find out what supplements you can add to your cats diet to boost their appetite and improve their health. Precaution is better than cure. Take your cat for annual health checkups to get updated advice on the right diet and other ways to keep your pet at its best and avoid future health issues.