Sign Up for Cat Talk
Get the latest health and behavior news and
advice from the veterinarians at Tufts University.

Feature January 2019 Issue

Cats Won’t Share Whether They’re in Pain, But Here’s How to Tell

This cat's hunched posture and unkept hair may indicate that she's in pain.

Cats Won’t Share Whether They’re in Pain, But Here’s How to Tell

Subtle clues will give you a window on whether your pet is feeling okay.

Ask someone with a cat what happens if the pet wants breakfast at 4 A.M. and you don’t feel like getting up and feeding her. They’ll keep annoying you until you do,” says Alicia Karas, DVM, a pain specialist at the Tufts Cummings School. “But when they’re not feeling well, they act more like prey species rather than the predators they are,” Dr. Karas comments. “They lie low. We don’t really know why. Unless you’re very astute about reading your pet,” you’ll very likely miss the cues.

To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Tufts Catnip Magazine

Get the next 10 issues of TUFTS CATNIP for just $20 And access all of our online content - Solve your pet's health and behavior problems with help from Tufts!

Get Tufts Catnip Digital

Get 10 months of TUFTS CATNIP DIGITAL for just $20. You get unlimited access to everything on the site including each monthly issue as a PDF.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.