Cats are experts at hiding pain. It comes from their history; they couldn’t let predators see them hurt. This doesn’t help us keep our cats healthy and pain free.
Some signs that indicate your cat may be in pain include:
– not interacting with his people like before
– a negative reaction to touch
– decrease litter box use
– not jumping on counters and furniture like he usually does
– not grooming
If you notice these signs, take your cat to the veterinarian. There are two validated pain-scoring tools that can be used to assess your cat’s pain level: the Glasgow Composite Measure Pain Scale: Feline, and UNESP-Botucatu Multidimensional Composite Pain Scale. Both scales are mentioned in the article below.
To learn more about evaluating pain in cats, read “A practical approach to evaluating pain in cats“