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8 Ways to Tell If Your Cat is in PAIN

There may be times your four-legged friend is in pain. Unfortunately, cats can’t speak and let us know when, but they can give us signs they are in pain.  You need to be aware of those signs so you can help. Here are 8 ways to tell if your cat is in pain. (Call us, 440-234-5831, if your cat is showing any of these signs or if you have other questions about your favorite feline.)

1. Changes in Daily Habits

  • Fails to use litter box
  • Urinating more frequently
  • Drinks more
  • Vomiting (vomiting, even a hairball is a sign something is wrong)
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleeps more
  • Decreased appetite
  • Does your cat seem to be favoring one side of the mouth while eating
  • Does your cat have bad breath
  • Won’t groom or grooms less, looks unkempt

2. Self-mutilation

  • Licking incessantly, especially one body part
  • Biting
  • Scratching, again especially one spot

3. Vocalizing

  • Meowing
  • Purring
  • Growling
  • Hissing

4. Activity Level

  • Restless
  • Reluctant to move
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Difficulty getting up from a laying position
  • Can’t leap as high
  • Lying very still
  • Hides
  • Pants when resting

5. Self-Protection

  • Protects a body part
  • Limping
  • Hides
  • Doesn’t want to be held, petted, or picked up

6. Posture

  • Lays with feet underneath
  • Arches back
  • Tucks in abdomen

7. Changes in Facial Expressions

  • Vacant stare
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Flattened ears

8. Change in Behavior

  • Acts out of character
  • Growls, hisses, bites
  • Pins ears back

If your cat is showing any of these signs, give us a call, 440-234-5831, to get help.

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