IS YOUR CAT IN PAIN - THE MANY FACES OF PAIN
THE CROISSANT - SHOWS WELL CONTROLLED PAIN
Cats ears are pricked (upright) and forward, the eyes are not slanted. A horizontal line could be drawn through the center of each eye. The back is minimally hunched and the cat appears bright and alert. Posture also displays a relaxed, tucked in leg posture, resembling a croissant.
A cat with a hunched back, legs straightened often sitting quietly at the back of the cage may be in pain. This posture is often seen after abdominal surgery.
Cats with their heads down, ears "droopy" and eyes half closed and in a slanted position may be in pain.
Cats which are recumbent, tense or rigid may be in severe pain.
Previously friendly and easy to handle cats that hiss, snarl or flinch or try to claw or bite in reaction to gentle pressure to a wound, or those that generally resent handling are probably in pain. A cat's reaction can be expected to be proportional to the amount of pain being experienced.
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