When cats are pain, they do not usually howl and overtly show that they are in distress, unlike other domesticated animals. As a matter of fact, they might even hide their discomfort until they are seriously ill.
If you are a newbie in taking care of cats, you might even miss manifestations that your cat is not okay. Here are some of the signs you need to look out for.
1. Peeing outside the litter box
If your cat is used to relieving himself or herself in the litter box, but suddenly starts urinating outside of it, it could be a sign of a problem. Cats with urinary tract infection tend to avoid peeing in the litter box because they associate it with the pain they feel when urinating. It could also be a way of getting your attention and letting you know that something is wrong.
2. Too much and compulsive grooming
Cats with injured limbs may start to lick that part excessively. If you begin to notice that your kitty is focusing too much on an area and starts limping, it’s a good idea to take him or her to the vet to get checked.
3. Lack of Appetite
Even with us humans, if we suddenly lose our appetite, it could be a sign that something is seriously wrong—the same is true with cats. If they barely touched their food, they could be sick or in pain. It gets worse when your cat refuses to drink too, since dehydration could pose more serious problems.
4. Diminished Activity
A kitty in pain may start to lose interest in doing the activities that he or she usually likes to do. He or she may not whimper or howl, but you would notice that the cat would pull back from being playful and active.
Grooming excessively could be a sign of injury, but your cat may drop grooming as well if the pain is too much for him or her to handle.
5. Their Eyes Will Tell
Eyes are the windows to the soul, yes, and your cat’s eyes could also be the window to her health. Dilated pupils may indicate that your cat is in pain. If she’s squinting, she has probably developed an eye infection.
Moreover, if he or she has excessive rheum around her eyes, she could be sick.
More than anyone else, you know your cat’s behavior. If you see a strange change in behavior, it is always advisable to have him or her checked.