Cat Pain Awareness

Tabby cat lying down on the floor with his head on his foot

Cats are masters of the art of disguising pain. So, here are some signs for you to look out for…

  • Reduced activity
  • Loss of appetite
  • Quiet/loss of curiosity
  • Changes in urinary habits
  • Hiding
  • Hissing or spitting
  • Lack of agility/jumping
  • Excessive licking/grooming
  • Stiff posture/gait
  • Guarding behaviour
  • Stops grooming/matted fur
  • Tail flicking
  • Weight loss

One of the most common but unnoticed causes of pain in cats, is dental pain and we all know how miserable this can be. For details of the signs that a cat is suffering from dental pain include see my blog post How to Tell if Your Cat Has Toothache.

Clare Hemington

Clare has worked in the field of cat behaviour for sixteen years. She is an accredited Cat Behaviourist and respected member of the COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers. Clare believes that understanding cat behaviour is key to their overall welfare. Through consultation and education her aim is to share information with owners that enables them to give their cat a life that is as happy as it possibly can be. Clare is also founder and owner of Honeysuckle cat toys. Toys made from Tatarian honeysuckle wood which provide wonderful natural enrichment for cats.

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