Hi everyone! It’s Milda here again from Relax My Cat channel And today I want to tell you all about how you can tell if your cat is in pain It can be extremely challenging sometimes to know whether your cat is in pain or not That is because they have learnt to hide it so well It stems from their origins and their basic survival skills Because in the wild an injured animal is an animal that is vulnerable to attack However, there are certain signs that certainly say that a cat is in pain. So let’s look at them One thing that you might notice about a cat being in pain is that you don’t notice them anymore Cats in pain tend to hide and move around less So their mobility might decrease as well If you see that your cat is struggling to go up and down the stairs, if previously they were very active Then perhaps it is a sign that they are in pain You might see a change in your cat’s grooming habits As they might clean a lot less now because it might be Painful for them to contort themselves in all those difficult yoga positions Cat that stopped using the litter box could be a cat that is in pain For cats to climb that extra 4-4,5 inches could be extremely painful So they might just use, go to the bathroom outside the litter box As well as that, pain can lead to slowed motility of the intestines And that in itself can lead to constipation Also look for signs such as loss of appetite Because a cat in pain can drink and eat a lot less And excessive sleeping or sleeping only in one position Changes in vocalisation or general changes of personality Say for example if your cat is a lot more irritable or cranky Especially if you touch certain areas where it might be painful for her Remember, when you go to the vet’s They will often rely on your observations Because only you know what is normal for your cat Whereas the vet does not know your cat as well as you do So just be observant Don’t ever give cats human painkillers. Cats metabolise drugs in a different way to all other species So unless the painkillers that are given at the proper intervals and at the proper dose, they can be toxic to cats And this is especially true with ibuprofein which is non-steroidal anti-inflamatory painkiller Which can be deadly to cats There were actually some instances where people have killed their cats Obviously accidentally, by self prescribing their medication So it is very important that you don’t do that unless you are instructed by your vet to give your cat medication While some pain is related to pain or injury that can be easily treated and resolved In older cats pain tends to relate to conditions such as arthritis, which causes chronic pain There was a study at Texas A&M University that looked at cats that were brought to vet for many different reasons but pain And it showed that 90% of those cats over the age of 10 had x-ray evidence of painful arthritis So they were in pain but their owners did not know anything about it However, when you know what to look for it is much easier to see it Signs of chronic pain are almost exclusively behavioural in nature So it is important to monitor your cat’s behaviour very closely. Pain can have many different causes, such as operation, wound inflammation, infection Many different things But the general rule of thumb is, think about it, if it would be painful for you, it is painful for your cat And no animal should suffer in silence So, the first step is to identify the pain and the to contact your veterinarian And this is it guys! So thank you for watching and I do hope that you have found this helpful. If you have any comments, questions maybe suggestions on what you would like me to talk about next Please comment Don’t forger to subscribe As we are very close to 100k subscribers so your sub would mean everything! And I will see all of you here next week. Bye!