LifestyleDeciphering the 'painful' position: Unveiling cats' silent signal for discomfort

Deciphering the 'painful' position: Unveiling cats' silent signal for discomfort

How can we tell if our cat is sick?
How can we tell if our cat is sick?
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12:39 PM EST, January 22, 2024

Regrettably, our pets can't talk, so it's essential to notice any unusual behavior as it is often their way of communicating their suffering. This task is particularly challenging with cats because confusing the "painful" position with their typical posture is easy. So, what should you look out for? We're here to guide you.

Recognizing the "painful" position in a cat - how can you identify it?

Cats are the most popular pets, just after dogs. They often spend every waking moment with us, and we look after them by providing a balanced diet and engaging in playful activities. However, unfortunately, they can get sick too.

Our feline friends don't immediately show when something is off. Hence, it is crucial to observe our pet closely. Any behavior deviating from the ordinary can be an indication of suffering, including the "painful" position.

You can identify the "painful" position by spotting a head that's tilted forward and a back that's arched. Regrettably, many often mistake this for the so-called "loaf" position that is common among cats.

Besides, focus on your pet's eyes. When cats are in pain, they tend to squint their eyes. In the "painful" position, they sometimes also lift their paws up.

How can you tell if your cat is suffering?

Cats express their discomfort not just through their body position but also via their meowing. Therefore, be alert to our pet's meowing habits.

How to recognize that a cat is sick?
How to recognize that a cat is sick?© AKPA

If they meow more frequently than usual, it's a significant sign that warrants immediate attention. It's their way of signaling that they are in pain. Cat owners should also never dismiss sudden bouts of aggression and fear in their pets.

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