The thought of our beloved pet in pain is a guardian 's worst fear. If only they could tell us, "Help, it hurts." Some companions, like cats, are notorious for hiding their pain (too well), so September 's Animal Pain Awareness Month is the perfect opportunity to refresh on cat pain basics.
“Because Their Pain Is Our Pain"
The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) launched Animal Pain Awareness Month in the hopes that more pet guardians learn about and recognize pain in their pets. The tagline “Because Their Pain Is Our Pain" http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/veterinary-group-targets-september-animal-pain-awareness-month reinforces that our companion animals aren 't immune to the acute and chronic pains that so many…show more content… sleeping on only one side
-- Decreased appetite or disinterest in food and water
-- Less social and interactive with you/the family OR hiding more
-- Growling or hissing when stroked, touched (in a particular area) or moved
-- Change in posture, e.g. is she more hunched back?
-- Less activity, e.g. has she stopped or is she struggling to jump in her favorite spots?
-- Ongoing purring; purrs can be used to comfort, calm or heal cats -- Not acting like herself, e.g. more cranky or restless than normal
4 Ways You Can Help Your Kitty in Pain
If you recognize one or more of these signs, don 't feel bad. Remember, wild instincts are working against you. But you need to get your kitty to a veterinarian ASAP. Your vet might recommend medications, surgery or other pain management treatments. Fortunately, there are also a things that you can try to do for your cat at home (with your vet 's approval, of course) to make life for them more comfortable:
1. Give your kitty access to her favorite spots, but keep her safe. When my kitty was sick, I tried to recreate her favorite spots. Lowering things, lifting things, implementing stairs, baby gates and a playpen with her favorite things, etc. Cats can be particular about