While the humans in our lives have various means of telling us they’re in pain, it’s often harder to detect pain in our four-legged family members. Unfortunately they can’t just use words to tell us. But perhaps even more importantly, their survival instincts compel them to hide their pain. Most animals in pain alter their behavior in some way, though the signs may be quite subtle. Just like in us, the causes of pain can be quite diverse.
If you notice these signs, get help from your vet. There are ways to manage pain with medications and other treatments. Do not use over-the-counter pain medications without a vet’s approval as some cause internal organ damage, especially with cats.