Cats are so self-sufficient, it may be hard to notice if they are not feeling their best or dealing with a health issue. However, if you start seeing some changes in their behavior or eating and drinking habits, it could be they are dealing with a pain issue. This list will help you pay closer attention to different symptoms to look for. If you do notice any of these symptoms and find yourself with nowhere to turn after-hours, UrgentVet is here to help. You can always contact us for an appointment or pre-register before coming in.

Thanks to extensive research, we have a list of everything you’ll need to look out for to diagnose pain in your pet. 

  • Avoiding well-lit areas and light sensitivity
  • Change in dietary preference (e.g., preferring soft or other specific food)
  • Change in the form of feeding behavior (e.g. gulping food, eating on one side)
  • Change in rate of eating—more quickly or more slowly
  • Increased heart rate
  • Licking or biting a particular body region or damaged area
  • Lips drew back
  • Low-grade tail twitching
  • Lowered posture
  • Not wanting to move around
  • Fluctuation in weight
  • Straining to urinate
  • Tail Flicking
  • Teeth grinding
  • Tension around the eyes and muzzle
  • Trembling or shivering
  • Vocalizing when yawning
  • Vocalizing while eating
  • Excess vomiting

This list was created to help owners and veterinarians be on the same page of what symptoms they see from their cat. This list can help vets come to a quicker conclusion on a diagnosis, which in turn can turn out a more immediate idea for treatment. The best advice before calling us about your cat’s behaviors is noticing more than one symptom. Owners may not always be able to recognize some behaviors, so it is important that you make sure that a vet is only a phone call away in case of symptoms worsen.  Having a list of these behaviors or symptoms will help if you find yourself in an emergency situation.