Some of the causes of pain in cats are more obvious than others.
Most “cat parents” know when their pet has been injured, is recovering from surgery, has gum disease or a problem with an eye, ear or a patch of skin.
Less obvious reasons for pain are an underlying urinary tract problem, arthritis, a stomach ache – anything going on primarily inside your cat where you can’t see it.
So if you notice one or more subtle signs of pain and you also know your kitty has dental issues … or you can see some sort of rash or eruption on your pet’s skin, it’s time to make an appointment with your veterinarian.
If you notice delicate signs of pain but are unacquainted of any health problems with your feline, it’s still time to get your cat seen by a veterinarian. The sooner you find out the underlying cause of your kitty’s pain, the sooner you can get him/her on the road to feeling better.
Also be aware older cats often develop intervertebral disc disease, osteoarthritis, and spondylosis (joint degeneration), and all these conditions cause pain. So if you have a senior kitty you suspect might be having some pain, make an appointment for a wellness checkup.
Resolving the cause of your cat’s pain is the first priority.
Frequently we must treat the pain separately while the underlying condition causing the pain is also being treated as well.
If your cat necessitates surgery there will be pain involved, regardless of how minor or routine the procedure is. Find out from your veterinarian how he/she manages pain before, during and after surgery. Premedication before anesthesia not only helps decrease the cats’ pain response, it can also increase the effectiveness of the anesthesia so your feline will need less of it during surgery.
The vast majority of cats experience a great deal of stress when taken in for veterinarian visits. Anxiety and fear can make pain worse, as does being restrained for any cause.
For extremely stressed cats, the kindest option is often a few puffs of gas anesthesia instead of unnecessarily harsh restraint for an already over-stressed patient.
You can ask if the veterinary clinic makes use of synthetic feline facial pheromones to help calm cat patients. These pheromones, known to help many cats cope with traumatic situations, come in diffusers that can be plugged into exam rooms. They can be sprayed on tables, towels and hands as well.