Cats are notorious at hiding pain. The little troupers just keep going until they can’t go anymore. But you can spot pain in your elusive cat and bring it to your veterinarian’s attention.
Look for these telltale signs of pain in your cat:
- Your cat is hiding more often
- Your cat does not jump up on counters, beds, or other furniture anymore
- Your cat avoids using the litterbox
- Your cat shows a decrease in appetite
- Your cat does not groom itself and it may not let you groom it, either
- Your cat is grouchy; it may even turn to bite you if you touch it on the back
- Your cat may flatten its ears back
- Your cat may sit in a crouched or hunched position
The signs listed above may signal arthritis pain or some other problem, so a trip to the doctor is called for.
If the doctor suspects arthritis, he may recommend supplementing your cat’s diet with fish oil capsules, which contain natural anti-inflammatory properties, or glucosamine-chondroitin tablets, which help bolster cartilage in the joints. In either case, your pet’s doctor will choose a product that is designed to work with a pet’s unique physiology, which is different from a human’s.
If your cat is exhibiting any of the signs listed above, Contact Us to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.