Like most animals, cats won’t let you know when they are in pain. This survival instinct stems from the need to appear strong and lively, as the weak are at risk of getting picked off or left behind.
When the pain gets strong enough, however, there are some signs your cat will begin to show that are usually pretty good indicators that your cat is suffering from a fair amount of pain.
Our clinic is fond of a product called Metacam. This honey flavored oral suspension or injection is often used to relieve our patients from pain during and after surgery, or any other case where the animal will be experiencing pain.
I will briefly go through five simple signs that you can look out for that will help you determine whether your cat is in pain. More information can be found at www.metacam.ca.
If any of these behaviors or postures sound familiar, it may be in your cat’s best interest to contact your vet.
There are many options to help out a pet who is in pain, so s/he doesn’t have to experience discomfort and/or distress.
Whether you’ve recently adopted a pet or you’re considering it, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog. Spaying—removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet—is a veterinary procedure that requires minimal hospitalization and offers lifelong health benefits. Neutering—removing the testicles of your male dog or cat—will vastly improve your pet’s behavior and keep him close to home.
Many states and counties have established low-cost spay/neuter programs that make surgery easily affordable and accessible. To find a low-cost program near you, search our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Provider Database. If you’re in New York City, the ASPCA mobile spay/neuter clinic offers free or low-cost spay/neuter surgery for financially needy dog and cat owners with proof of public assistance. Please contact our hotline at (877) SPAY-NYC for a listing of dates and locations in all five boroughs.
Not convinced yet? Check out our handy—and persuasive—list of the top 10 reasons to spay or neuter your pet!