It’s not easy to tell when a cat is in distress, pain or illness. They do not show usually show pain by crying or mewing. They protect themselves against predators and threats in the outside world by not making any noise or showing any obvious bodily changes. But any of the following signs are indications your cat needs a veterinary check up, in case it is suffering from pain or illness.
This website will help you recognise pain in your cat – www.spotcatpain.co.uk A video presentation can be found here. There’s a pdf which will help you recognise pain in a cat – useful for vet nurses here.
Robertson, S., (2008), ‘Managing Pain in Feline Patients,’ Vet Clin Small Animals, 38, 1267–1290
Waran, N., Best, L., Williams, V., Salinsky, J., Dale, A. & Clarke, N., (2007), ‘A preliminary study of behaviour-based indicators of pain in cats,’ Animal Welfare, 16, 105-108
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All normal safety precautions should be taken when dealing with animals. The advice in this section should be taken only at the owner’s own risk. All sick animals should be seen by a vet.
General advice of the kind found in this website is no substitute for an individual consultation with a vet or qualified behaviourist working on a vet’s referral.