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Senior Cat Pain

Which one of these cats is in pain? Can you tell by looking?

Did you know that a cat will instinctively try and hid that it is in pain? A cat in the wild is more vulnerable to being attacked if it appears to be weakened. Even though our family cat is safe in our homes, our cat will still hide the amount of pain he/she is experiencing.

Here are some clues that your cat is suffering:

  1. Does your cat have an arched back? It may be that your cat has back or some other internal pain.
  2. Does your cat have trouble getting up and down? It could indicate arthritis in the joints.
  3. Is your cat no longer grooming as well as before? It may be that stiffness or pain in the joints is affecting your cat’s ability to reach the different parts of his body.
  4. Has your cat changed his sleeping habits? Maybe sleeping more, or changing positions frequently? It maybe because of pain.
  5. Is your cat hissing, howling, yelping, or even purring more than before? Changes in vocalization can be a sign of pain. Surprisingly, cats will purr when they are in pain, apparently to comfort themselves.

These are just a few of the signs that your cat may be suffering. Big Creek Pet Hospital is a leading Cleveland Veterinary Hospital specializing in pain management. With our state of the art technology and treatment option we can help your cat live a more comfortably throughout their senior years.

For more information call us at (440) 234-5831 to schedule an appointment to evaluate your family member.

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