Pain is one of the signs of illness. Mr. kitty was sick - it only looks smooth in a poem, life is more difficult.
- Cat's advice
- Cat health
“Mr. kitten was sick and was lying in the crib. And the doctor came - how are you, kitty? ”. Unfortunately, in real life, a kitten will never tell you what's wrong with it, what hurts, how it hurts and where. But there is a way to decode the cat's language of pain.
What's the pain for?
Pain is one of the signs of illness. Pain is an unpleasant sensation, but it plays a very important role in the life of every organism. It informs about the immediate danger and body injuries. If it weren't for the pain, we wouldn't know that the knife sinks into our finger or that the candle flame begins to burn our skin. Pain receptors are a kind of guardian, the first line of information about danger.
It is similar with cats. They also feel pain, but they differ from us in that they can mask it much more effectively. Cats are adept at hiding disease and pain. This is due to the past of the genre. Wild felids had to learn to pretend well and hide diseases in order not to fall prey to predators larger than themselves, and also to maintain their position in the group, have access to females, etc. These atavisms have remained in our couch mitts to this day. Unfortunately, instead of protecting our pets, they act against them, making it difficult for us to see the symptoms of the disease.
Veterinarians list several more common diseases that manifest themselves, among others, in pain: bone fractures, arthritis, gum disease, cystitis, cancer. Unfortunately, you cannot ask a cat "what hurts you?" nor ask for a description of the type of pain. The cat masterfully hides the pain as long as it can. However, there are ways to learn to read the signs that your kitty was sick. In turn, knowing the disease affecting your pet, the doctor will select appropriate painkillers if it is a painful disease.
Mr. kitty was sick - symptoms of pain in the cat
1. Change of activity
Any sudden change in the current way of life and activity level of the animal may indicate that something hurts the cat. The discomfort caused by the pain caused by the animal results in changes in the animal's behavior - increased activity or, on the contrary, limited movement.
The cat may become lethargic, lean, move less, stop running and jumping, and may start to assume positions where body aches are less painful. If the cat stops jumping onto high tops, as it has done often so far, you may suspect pain symptoms in the bones and joints. If the cat begins to limp, the cause may be a fracture that is not very visible, for example a finger in the paw (such a fracture does not require high height).
In the case of pain caused by skin wounds, infections, and bladder diseases, hyperactivity is characteristic - the cat suddenly jumps up and runs, stops and runs again, sleeps less. Here, too, the cause is pain, sometimes associated with itching.
2. Excessive licking and scratching
This behavior can be caused by many factors, from food allergies, parasites and mycoses, to skin diseases and injuries. Skin wounds, even small ones, are easily infected by bacterial or fungal infections, become suppurated, and itching and pain may appear. By licking it, the cat additionally exacerbates the inflammation, although its purpose was to relieve ailments and bring relief.
3. Excessive vocalization
More frequent and louder meowing is another symptom and may be a sign of a cat's pain. It can be both a prolonged and not too loud meowing, as well as a paroxysmal meowing. It is worth observing in what situations it occurs - this will help diagnose the cause of the pain and the disease. A simple example: touching the abdomen and flanks of a cat that is suffering from constipation or distortion increases the stomach pain.
4. Change your daily routine
Cats like constancy and immutability in their lives: fixed meal times, known types of food, a permanent place in the canteen, litter boxes. They have their habits. They usually wake up at the same time and say goodbye to the caregiver at the door when he leaves and greet him when he comes home. Any changes in their daily schedule - unless they are the result of, for example, renovation, moving, visiting the clinic, the appearance of another animal or human at home - should raise our vigilance.
When a cat that has so far adored being picked up and cuddled, it begins to avoid touching, when an exemplary litter box cat begins to dispose of itself outside the litter box - these are clear signals that something is wrong and we should go to the clinic with the pet.
5. Change of body posture
It too can herald pain and illness. For example, in the case of abdominal pain, the cat takes a decompression position - it lies on its stomach with its paws tucked under it, and when it stands up, its spine is arched into a cat's back. When the cat, on the other hand, has a breathing problem (pleural water due to neoplastic changes or FIP, lower respiratory tract diseases, etc.), it relies on the sphinx position with its neck and head stretched forward - because it is easier for it to breathe this way.
6. Mouth expression
Although the mimic muscles are poorly developed in a cat, pain can also be read on the cat's face. These can be closed eyes, narrowed or dilated pupils, blurry eyesight, sharpening of facial features, lowered and less alert ears.
Every cat may hiss or drape its handler. When the usually docile and friendly cat begins to show an increase in aggressive behavior, for no apparent reason on the part of a human or other animal in the house, it can be suspected that it reacts in this way to the experienced pain. Aggression in the form of an attack - biting, scratching - is a defensive reaction. The cat wants to be left alone.
8. Skin and hair
The condition of the skin and coat are great indicators of a cat's physical and mental condition. Increased shedding, holistic or squinting, alopecia, wounds - this can be the result of excessive licking and scratching, and stress caused by pain.
Also, neglect of hygiene and the cat not taking care of its fur may indicate discomfort.
The above symptoms, especially when several of them occur simultaneously, are a signal that the cat should be taken to the clinic. the causes can be pain, illness, stress - three closely related things. Never give your cat painkillers on your own! Only a veterinarian can choose the right product that is safe for the cat. Human pain medications are a deadly poison to cats!