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It is hard to comprehend when your kitty is in pain. During some instances, the pain could be obvious. You can safely assume that your cat is in pain when you observe a large cut in your body or the kitty noticeably limps. The animal surely suffers pain when it meets an accident. Most of the times, however, signs of pain in your cat are the more subtle ones. You must be extra-vigilant in this kind of cases to find out whether your cat suffers in pain or not. Do understand cats like to hide their pain, which only increases their sickness.
To know if your cat is sick, it is obvious you must know how your cat is when it is full of health. You should have a good idea of its normal attitude, appetite, sleep patterns, energy levels, and gait, Do be warned that it is not a good idea to allow the cat to scratch or bite you during the observational period.
Scratch and bite along with breathing variation
Quicker and shallow breathing will indicate your cat is in pain. The cat may also pant. You may also observe a change in abdominal muscle movement along with (or not) of the chest, Both sets of muscles get intimately involved during the breathing process.
Your kitty will be more likely to scratch you and bite you when it suffers from pain. These bites are attacks spare none, including the owner. You will notice that the kitty bites if you touch its painful area. The cat may also bite if it anticipates you moving your hand towards its pain spot.
Changes in pulse and heart
A cat in pain will have an increased heart or pulse rate, This rate noticeably jacks up when the cat’s painful area gets moved or touched. It is a good idea to take a first-aid course. You may also ask your chosen veterinarian to show you how to measure the cat’s pulse or heart rate. If your veterinarian is busy, then that person’ technician can also show you the ropes.
There is a misconception that cats which purr are happy animals. In case your cat purrs while exhibiting all the above signs, then the purr is a response to pain. The more the pain, the more the cat may purr.
One of the surest indicators of a cat being in pain is its eyes. This is applicable for both eye pain and for other pain located at other places in the body. Bigger or dilated pupils mean pain in other parts of your kitty’s body. Eye pain means constricted or smaller pupils.
Cats in pain eat less. If the cause of pain lies in the mouth, then the cat may drop food and even water out of its mouth.