How Do You Know If A Cat Is In Pain?

DenbyIt sounds like such a simple question, but the answer is actually far more complicated than we think and it’s not just cat owners who struggle with this question, those of us who have studied these creatures for years still frequently miss signs of feline pain. Because when it comes to showing signs of pain (or any illness for that matter), cats are masters of disguise. In the feline world, complaining gets you nowhere, and showing signs of weakness can get you killed. Sure, some cats in pain will cry out, but if you see a cat crying out in pain, the problem is likely very severe indeed. Besides, cats cry out for many reasons, so even if you do see this, how can you tell if it is due to pain or some other form of stress? Next time you think your cat may be in pain, try to remember some of the following signs of feline discomfort:

 

Lameness

Ok, we’ll start with an easy one. But you’d be surprised how many people come to me with a limping cat who insist that they are not in pain. If your cat is limping, he’s doing it for a reason. And that reason is usually pain. Even if your cat doesn’t have a limp, check for other signs like difficulty jumping up or down from the bed or finding that it’s not worth their effort to climb the stairs anymore. Arthritis is hugely underdiagnosed in cats because many owners either don’t observe or don’t think to mention these changes. If you do notice something unusual with your cat’s behaviour, please speak up as sometimes vets don’t think to ask these kinds of questions.

 

Vocalisation

Yes, as previously mentioned, some cats in pain (particularly severe, sudden pain) will cry out or howl. If you see this, take them to the vet immediately to have them checked out, even if you can’t see anything else wrong with them. But it’s not always a howl that they make; sometimes it’s just a more insistent meow, or even a lack of sounds such as normal greetings or cries for food.

 

Decreased appetite

Speaking of food, it’s true that some cats in pain will either stop eating, or not eat as much as normal. But not every cat will respond this way because in the wild, a cat that doesn’t eat will die so if they are able to eat despite even very significant pain, they often will.

 

Hiding

A cat in pain will often hide from you. You may notice them spending more and more time under the bed or in the back of the cupboard. Or, you may notice that they are quite restless and have a hard time settling in any one place. To you, it may just seem like odd behaviour but to them, it can be a cry for help. Hiding isn’t the only behaviour that can indicate pain, any change in their normal routine may be a clue no matter how subtle, so try to take notice and figure out why the change occurred.

 

Eye position and expression

This one is much more subtle, and unless you are very observant you may not pick up on it at all. A painful cat may sometimes have slanted eyes that are squinting or partially closed. They may also have dilated pupils (the blacks of their eyes look very large or ‘wide eyed’), and a generally strange expression on their face. Or they may seem to ‘zone out’ and just stare blankly ahead. Now there are lots of reasons why a cat will show one or more of these things, so don’t be too quick to diagnose your cat as painful if you don’t notice any other signs. But if you do notice a strange look in their eyes, it’s probably best to have them checked out by a vet.

 

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Posture

If you picture a happy cat in your mind, you may think of one who is relaxed and playfully rolling around in response to a good petting session. Now consider the opposite – a painful cat will often sit in a hunched, guarded position. Their muscles may be quite tense, and they will flinch or pull away when touched. Some cats just don’t like being touched, but if yours normally does and then suddenly doesn’t, consider pain as a possible cause.

 

Aggression

As previously mentioned, a painful cat won’t want to be touched and this often leads to aggression. If you stroke your cat and he turns around to bite or scratch you, or if he hisses at you when touched, or even if he just starts to twitch his tail in an agitated manner when there doesn’t seem to be any reason for it, get him checked out by the vet.

 

Licking, chewing, or fur loss

Cats will sometimes make a fuss over the particular part of their body that is in pain, but this is not always the case. Some cats with cystitis (bladder disease) will lick their tummies and cause fur loss in that area. Likewise, some cats with arthritis in a particular joint may lick or chew at that area more frequently than normal. Rarely, this licking is enough to cause damage to the overlying skin.

 

Other medical changes

There are some signs of pain that only your vet is likely to pick up on (although you may notice that something just doesn’t seem right), including increased heart rate, breathing rate, temperature or blood pressure. Because these things require the help of a professional to properly measure, it is very important that you take your cat in to the vet whenever you suspect something out of the ordinary.

 

As you can see, pain in cats is no simple subject. There are some obvious signs of course, but many more that may go unnoticed for some time. Therefore, if you do happen to notice any of the above signs, it’s always best to take your cat to the vet to have them checked out as soon as possible. Even then, it can be very difficult to tell if they are in pain, so sometimes the best test is to treat for any possible pain and then re-evaluate to see if it made any difference. Whatever you do, try not to ignore it because unlike humans, who are very good at expressing discomfort, cats will most often suffer in silence and it’s our job to make sure they don’t have to.

If you are worried that your cat may be showing signs of pain described above, talk to your vet or try our Interactive Cat Symptom Guide to check any other symptoms you notice.

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500 thoughts on “How Do You Know If A Cat Is In Pain?

  1. We don’t know what is wrong with my cat tigger hi is growling and making distressing noises he keeps moving about like he dose not know what to do with him self he dose not like us to touch his back tail and legs he is very distressed and he looks ill every time he moves he cry’s

    1. Hi, if your cat seems in pain – from what you write he does, please call your vet for an urgent appointment to find out what is causing the distress. Dave RVN.

      1. Hi Dave, my name Julie and from the sounds of what your cat Tigger was doing my cat Sylus is doing the same and I don’t know what is wrong with my baby boy though he tenses up like he has to poop and he’s hissing. Can you please tell me what was wrong with your Tigger??? Just so i have an idea please. Ty

        1. Hello, my cat was doing the same thing today. Walking aggressively around the house and growling/hissing/meowing. He was also in and out of the litter box very frequently but not doing anything. Then he peed by the front door- he never pees outside of the box. I had the thought that he could be constipated. I have him his breakfast with 2 tbsps of pumpkin purée and went out. A few hours later he had made a full “recovery”. Hoping this will be the only occasion.

          1. This can be a sign of a very serious condition such as a partially blocked bladder – I’m really glad it’s resolved, but do keep an eye out for any recurrence, as it might need emergency veterinary attention.

    2. My cat run away 15 days ago I got him back yesterday I touched is right leg and he went for me he crying and can’t settle I don’t now what to do please can you give me advice thanks

      1. OK, contact your vet and get him checked out – he’s probably injured himself while out and about on his travels!

    3. my cat fell off our balcony 2 months ago she got a clean bill of health, however now she is acting strange and hisses when ever i tough her back.

      1. He might still be a little painful – or afraid that it might hurt. I’d suggest talking to your vets about chronic pain syndromes, and making sure he doesn’t have any low-grade nerve damage.

  2. We don’t know what is wrong with my cat tigger hi is growling and making distressing noises he keeps moving about like he dose not know what to do with him self he dose not like us to touch his back tail and legs he is very distressed and he looks ill every time he moves he cry’s

    1. Hi, if your cat seems in pain – from what you write he does, please call your vet for an urgent appointment to find out what is causing the distress. Dave RVN.

        1. Hi my cat recently disappeared for about 3 days, we found her just sleeping in a shed however she seems zoned out and is unwilling to eat or do anything. When we pet her she isn’t responding as much anymore and she just is staring off into the distance.

          1. OK, I’d strongly advise a vet checkup – this sort of behaviour might suggest pain, but it could also be a sign of a stroke or some other potentially serious underlying disease.

  3. Hi, every time my cat eats wet food she tends to vomit it out straight away, we have tried to feed her biscuit but she doesn’t eat it, she often meows more than usaual, and has lost a lot of weight! I hope it’s not serious but just wondering what I can do to help her! Thanks

    1. Hi Karen, when cats have problems with eating, it’s best to get them to your vet quite quickly. There could be a number of reasons she is doing this… we’d advise making an appointment. Dave RVN

      1. Hi Nikki, your kitten needs to see a vet, any animal showing signs of pain should be taken for a professional opinion and treatment. Please take her to your vet for further advice.

      2. My cat had the same thing… except she would push hard to poop out the diarrhea. So hard that then she would poop out blood. It freaked me out. I took her to the vet….. she had an issue in her intestines and bowels, most likely from a food allergy (I had recently added new food 2 weeks before). Her straining to poop, because it felt like she needed to get it all out, caused her to bleed. I was given some oral meds (she hated it!) and some probiotics (Pro Plan Flora or something). It cleared up perfectly within 2 days!

  4. Hi, every time my cat eats wet food she tends to vomit it out straight away, we have tried to feed her biscuit but she doesn’t eat it, she often meows more than usaual, and has lost a lot of weight! I hope it’s not serious but just wondering what I can do to help her! Thanks

    1. Hi Karen, when cats have problems with eating, it’s best to get them to your vet quite quickly. There could be a number of reasons she is doing this… we’d advise making an appointment. Dave RVN

  5. My cat is completely zoned out right now, hes breathing heavy &; before this he made an awful noise that I cant even describe! His eyes were dialated &; ive never seen them that big. Right now hes laying beside the couch completely ignoring us like were not around him. Please if you have any idea of what might be wrong tell me!

    1. It is impossible to say what could be wrong with your cat without examining him etc as I’m sure you’ll understand. We’d very strongly advise ringing your vet and taking them there for checking over.

      1. Did you find out why your cat was doing this? My sister’s car is staying with me and he just started it today. I’m going to take him to the vet when they open but was hoping for some insight a little earlier.

      2. What is wrong with you people? Are you so cheap you would take time to try and get free vetting online while wasting more time and risking your cat’s life? Is this how u fix the rest of your family’s health dilemmas? No. So y would u cheat ur pet family member?

  6. My cat is completely zoned out right now, hes breathing heavy &; before this he made an awful noise that I cant even describe! His eyes were dialated &; ive never seen them that big. Right now hes laying beside the couch completely ignoring us like were not around him. Please if you have any idea of what might be wrong tell me!

    1. It is impossible to say what could be wrong with your cat without examining him etc as I’m sure you’ll understand. We’d very strongly advise ringing your vet and taking them there for checking over.

  7. Hello this article was most informative thanks! My poor cat is new to the outdoors at 2 yrs old and she got in a fight with another cat for the first time. I see no injuries and she moves fine but she’s displaying most of the other symptoms above. She had her shots and rabies but I’m worried is all:/ Maybe it’s just a pride thing!

  8. Hello this article was most informative thanks! My poor cat is new to the outdoors at 2 yrs old and she got in a fight with another cat for the first time. I see no injuries and she moves fine but she’s displaying most of the other symptoms above. She had her shots and rabies but I’m worried is all:/ Maybe it’s just a pride thing!

  9. Hi! My cat Sasha is usually very affectionate, and loves to be held, doesn’t mind being picked up, etc. As of late, she’s been sleeping in my lap for a good portion of the day, and has been vomiting quite often. Today I noticed that she’s started crying/growling whenever I try and move her from my lap, and she doesn’t want to be touched, despite the fact she wants to sleep near me. She’s been eating and she doesn’t seem to have any movement issues aside from her tiredness, so… Is something really wrong with her? She’s not actively displaying that she’s in pain, and she seems to perk up whenever someone else enters the room, but I’d like a professional opinion on this. My vet won’t be open until Monday and I would prefer not to wait until then if it’s serious.

    1. Hello Vee, apologies the blog is not monitored over the weekend. It sounds like she should definitely go to the vet for a check over, there could be a number of reasons she is displaying this behaviour – it is possible the vet will want to run tests such as bloods. Please let us know how you get on. Dave RVN

  10. Hi! My cat Sasha is usually very affectionate, and loves to be held, doesn’t mind being picked up, etc. As of late, she’s been sleeping in my lap for a good portion of the day, and has been vomiting quite often. Today I noticed that she’s started crying/growling whenever I try and move her from my lap, and she doesn’t want to be touched, despite the fact she wants to sleep near me. She’s been eating and she doesn’t seem to have any movement issues aside from her tiredness, so… Is something really wrong with her? She’s not actively displaying that she’s in pain, and she seems to perk up whenever someone else enters the room, but I’d like a professional opinion on this. My vet won’t be open until Monday and I would prefer not to wait until then if it’s serious.

    1. Hello Vee, apologies the blog is not monitored over the weekend. It sounds like she should definitely go to the vet for a check over, there could be a number of reasons she is displaying this behaviour – it is possible the vet will want to run tests such as bloods. Please let us know how you get on. Dave RVN

  11. My cat has been being sick for the last few months. We’ve changed his food but that’s not seeming to change anything. He has started zoning out as well. We don’t know what to do? Please help, Hannah

  12. My cat has been being sick for the last few months. We’ve changed his food but that’s not seeming to change anything. He has started zoning out as well. We don’t know what to do? Please help, Hannah

  13. my cat is breathing very slowing looks dull and when u rub her she always purrs but when u touch her now she just lies there with her eyes closed and she doen’t eat as much now…Do you know whats wrong with her?

    1. Hi, without a proper examination it is impossible to diagnose any problems – we strongly suggest you contact your own vet or try the interactive symptom guide HERE.

  14. my cat is breathing very slowing looks dull and when u rub her she always purrs but when u touch her now she just lies there with her eyes closed and she doen’t eat as much now…Do you know whats wrong with her?

    1. Hi, without a proper examination it is impossible to diagnose any problems – we strongly suggest you contact your own vet or try the interactive symptom guide HERE.

  15. My cat had kittens 2 days a go but all of a sudden one screaming out louder and moving a lot like its in pain not sure if it had been for a wee or poo yet if continues will be taking it vets un morning but can you give me advice till then thanks

  16. My cat had kittens 2 days a go but all of a sudden one screaming out louder and moving a lot like its in pain not sure if it had been for a wee or poo yet if continues will be taking it vets un morning but can you give me advice till then thanks

  17. My cat is usually very loving and runs up to me meowing when I get home from work, and today he did the same thing, but he is limping pretty bad on his left front leg. He let’s me pick him up and he even let me rub up and down his entire left leg and side without meowing or trying to get away from me. I went to sit on the floor with him and he started to rub his head against my hands and look at me as if to say “what do you look so sad for?”, but it breaks my heart to see him limping like this. He doesn’t put very much weight on that leg at all and I’ve been home for about an hour and a half. I understand that there isn’t much you can do without physically examining him in person, but does this sound like a serious problem? I ask this because he only shows one of the signs above that he is in pain and that is the lameness. Thank you for listening.

    1. Hi Skylar, if any animal seems that they are in pain, it’s important to get them checked out if possible. Cat’s are notoriously good at hiding pain and discomfort, so for them to limp and be lame needs the advice and examination of a vet.

  18. My cat is usually very loving and runs up to me meowing when I get home from work, and today he did the same thing, but he is limping pretty bad on his left front leg. He let’s me pick him up and he even let me rub up and down his entire left leg and side without meowing or trying to get away from me. I went to sit on the floor with him and he started to rub his head against my hands and look at me as if to say “what do you look so sad for?”, but it breaks my heart to see him limping like this. He doesn’t put very much weight on that leg at all and I’ve been home for about an hour and a half. I understand that there isn’t much you can do without physically examining him in person, but does this sound like a serious problem? I ask this because he only shows one of the signs above that he is in pain and that is the lameness. Thank you for listening.

    1. Hi Skylar, if any animal seems that they are in pain, it’s important to get them checked out if possible. Cat’s are notoriously good at hiding pain and discomfort, so for them to limp and be lame needs the advice and examination of a vet.

  19. Once or twice a week, when he’s just eaten, my cat will suddenly start to move very slowly, get into a squatting position and cry out in pain for a couple of minutes. Then he recovers and seems to be perfectly fine again until the next time. It doesn’t seem to put him off his food – he is a big eater although is not overweight. We took him to the vet and they thoroughly examined him and could find nothing wrong – other than evidence of giardia for which they treated him. We bought some ‘raw’, supposedly healthy food because we thought this might help but he absolutely refused to eat it. So he’s back on the ‘rubbish’, wet food, and scraps of our food and he loves it but then every week he’ll get pain. Is it some sort of IBS – in which case is there anything we can do? The only thing that doesn’t seem to give him pain is boiled chicken…

    1. Hello Ellie

      The poor chap! It was definitely a good idea to take him to the vets – did they xray him at all? It is probably best to speak to them about any further tests and possible medication to help your cat with these episodes. There are various drugs to treat the gastrointestinal tract, but the cause should be determined first.

    2. I suggest adding Pro Plan Flora probiotic to his food daily! Give it a shot and see if things change. Could be a reaction to food that is delayed (happened to my cat… but she started to strain her poop which was diarrhea… then would diarrhea out blood!)

      1. I’d just add, it’s ALWAYS worth a vet check if they’re passing blood or really struggling. While probiotics can help, they aren’t always the answer.

  20. Once or twice a week, when he’s just eaten, my cat will suddenly start to move very slowly, get into a squatting position and cry out in pain for a couple of minutes. Then he recovers and seems to be perfectly fine again until the next time. It doesn’t seem to put him off his food – he is a big eater although is not overweight. We took him to the vet and they thoroughly examined him and could find nothing wrong – other than evidence of giardia for which they treated him. We bought some ‘raw’, supposedly healthy food because we thought this might help but he absolutely refused to eat it. So he’s back on the ‘rubbish’, wet food, and scraps of our food and he loves it but then every week he’ll get pain. Is it some sort of IBS – in which case is there anything we can do? The only thing that doesn’t seem to give him pain is boiled chicken…

    1. Hello Ellie

      The poor chap! It was definitely a good idea to take him to the vets – did they xray him at all? It is probably best to speak to them about any further tests and possible medication to help your cat with these episodes. There are various drugs to treat the gastrointestinal tract, but the cause should be determined first.

  21. So worried about my tigger. Acting strange he’s 14 twitching washing his face. His eye on one side dilated and wide open won’t shut even in sleep. Just one eye closes.
    Worried it’s a stroke

  22. So worried about my tigger. Acting strange he’s 14 twitching washing his face. His eye on one side dilated and wide open won’t shut even in sleep. Just one eye closes.
    Worried it’s a stroke

  23. Hi, my 1 year old cat Oscar seems to have a lot of “down days”. Because it’s so frequent I wouldn’t say there are any sudden changes in behaviour, but he has days when I look at him and can tell by his eyes that he’s not right, they seem puffy and he seems withdrawn. He sits in places he doesn’t usually on these days, usually away from us. So I’m wondering if he has something underlying that we haven’t picked up. He doesn’t hurt to the touch, and his mood can change all in the same day so it may just be that he has mood swings! He’s very very affectionate usually. He always has black crust around his nose and eyes (we clean them but they reappear immediately!) so I wonder if he gets sore heads or ears?

  24. Hi, my 1 year old cat Oscar seems to have a lot of “down days”. Because it’s so frequent I wouldn’t say there are any sudden changes in behaviour, but he has days when I look at him and can tell by his eyes that he’s not right, they seem puffy and he seems withdrawn. He sits in places he doesn’t usually on these days, usually away from us. So I’m wondering if he has something underlying that we haven’t picked up. He doesn’t hurt to the touch, and his mood can change all in the same day so it may just be that he has mood swings! He’s very very affectionate usually. He always has black crust around his nose and eyes (we clean them but they reappear immediately!) so I wonder if he gets sore heads or ears?

  25. Hi, Our cat Maggie looks really miserable and dull and is breathing very quickly. We think she may have hurt her front left leg as it looks limp compared to the others, we’re currently trying to get in to see an out of hours vet, how hard is that to arrange?!
    She’s not grow.ing or hissing or meowing, she’s just silent and putting up with whatever it is that is bothering her… Is the silence a known symptom? We always thought that cats showed pain when they were injured.

  26. Hi, Our cat Maggie looks really miserable and dull and is breathing very quickly. We think she may have hurt her front left leg as it looks limp compared to the others, we’re currently trying to get in to see an out of hours vet, how hard is that to arrange?!
    She’s not grow.ing or hissing or meowing, she’s just silent and putting up with whatever it is that is bothering her… Is the silence a known symptom? We always thought that cats showed pain when they were injured.

  27. Hello, my Cat is crying more then she normally does, since last night after she fell out of the livingroom window, she runs to my bedroom windows if they are open but is to scared to go out side when I open the front door for her. She’s rolling around on the floor a lot and when we touch her back near to her back legs she seems sore but she doesn’t cry if it’s hurting her. She’s been crying as if cats do when giving birth but she’s not pregnant as she won’t be out longer then 2 minutes if she falls out of the window, I don’t know what to do about her but I can’t afford to take her to the vets either, what can I possibly do to help her?

    1. Hello Ashleigh, If you haven’t yet, please take your cat to a vet. There are charities that can help pay for costs or even family/friends might be able to help, but she sounds like she is in need of veterinary care. David RVN.

  28. Hello, my Cat is crying more then she normally does, since last night after she fell out of the livingroom window, she runs to my bedroom windows if they are open but is to scared to go out side when I open the front door for her. She’s rolling around on the floor a lot and when we touch her back near to her back legs she seems sore but she doesn’t cry if it’s hurting her. She’s been crying as if cats do when giving birth but she’s not pregnant as she won’t be out longer then 2 minutes if she falls out of the window, I don’t know what to do about her but I can’t afford to take her to the vets either, what can I possibly do to help her?

    1. Hello Ashleigh, If you haven’t yet, please take your cat to a vet. There are charities that can help pay for costs or even family/friends might be able to help, but she sounds like she is in need of veterinary care. David RVN.

  29. Hi there my cat seems to be doing fine except when i hold her on her back like you hold a baby. Never before did she get upset with this but now when you flip her on her back she starts meowing and wanting to get down which is unusual. Any help you can provide?

    1. Some cats can start to get fed up with being held like the way you describe. If she does continue to seem to display pain, please speak to your vet and have her checked over.

  30. Hi there my cat seems to be doing fine except when i hold her on her back like you hold a baby. Never before did she get upset with this but now when you flip her on her back she starts meowing and wanting to get down which is unusual. Any help you can provide?

    1. Some cats can start to get fed up with being held like the way you describe. If she does continue to seem to display pain, please speak to your vet and have her checked over.

  31. recently my cat has made “crying noises” when we pet his head and he gets upset and wants us to stop touching him . I see nothing visibly wrong and he seems to act like his usual self . he is a 100% indoor cat so I can not figure out what is wrong . perhaps he hit his head ???

    1. Hi Sam, he could have knocked his head, however there might be another problem such as a dental issue or even his ears. If he continues to seem upset, it is worth speaking to your vet and having him checked over. Dave RVN VetHelpDirect

  32. recently my cat has made “crying noises” when we pet his head and he gets upset and wants us to stop touching him . I see nothing visibly wrong and he seems to act like his usual self . he is a 100% indoor cat so I can not figure out what is wrong . perhaps he hit his head ???

    1. Hi Sam, he could have knocked his head, however there might be another problem such as a dental issue or even his ears. If he continues to seem upset, it is worth speaking to your vet and having him checked over. Dave RVN VetHelpDirect

  33. my cat are not eating and his tail is limp down. went to the vet, they just give us med for his appetite. but he is sill not eating, i am so worry. he meowed went we massage him at his tail.

    1. Hello, I would imagine the vet checked your cat over, especially the rear-end by the tail, this is a common area for a cat bite, if they have been in a fight. If you are still concerned (and I’m sure your vet would have said the same), please speak to them again. Dave RVN VetHelpDirect

  34. my cat are not eating and his tail is limp down. went to the vet, they just give us med for his appetite. but he is sill not eating, i am so worry. he meowed went we massage him at his tail.

    1. Hello, I would imagine the vet checked your cat over, especially the rear-end by the tail, this is a common area for a cat bite, if they have been in a fight. If you are still concerned (and I’m sure your vet would have said the same), please speak to them again. Dave RVN VetHelpDirect

  35. Hi. Our cat has been recently recovered from an acute episode of hydronephrosis (?due to kidney stone, ?tumour). He was very unwell with sudden total loss of appetite and obvious pain, although it took 10 days before the vet gave any painkillers. He had also been doing a kind of slow muscular spasm around his shoulders when resting which nobody seemed interested in. The spasm stopped whilst he was on opiates, which worked wonders, and it has returned again now the analgesia has stopped, but he otherwise seems well, being active and eating well. However, I am concerned whether this muscular contraction is an indication that he has returned to a degree of pain, albeit lower than before. He is 15 yrs old and known to have some renal failure in his remaining kidney. I don’t know that the vet will pick up on anything else as they were prepared to put him to sleep before I insisted on giving him analgesia to get him eating again. Any advice would be very gratefully received. Thanks.

  36. Hi. Our cat has been recently recovered from an acute episode of hydronephrosis (?due to kidney stone, ?tumour). He was very unwell with sudden total loss of appetite and obvious pain, although it took 10 days before the vet gave any painkillers. He had also been doing a kind of slow muscular spasm around his shoulders when resting which nobody seemed interested in. The spasm stopped whilst he was on opiates, which worked wonders, and it has returned again now the analgesia has stopped, but he otherwise seems well, being active and eating well. However, I am concerned whether this muscular contraction is an indication that he has returned to a degree of pain, albeit lower than before. He is 15 yrs old and known to have some renal failure in his remaining kidney. I don’t know that the vet will pick up on anything else as they were prepared to put him to sleep before I insisted on giving him analgesia to get him eating again. Any advice would be very gratefully received. Thanks.

  37. Hi our cat as come home limping.. hes trying to not put too much presure on to it. Hes jumping up and can jump down on to surfaces fine. Hes eating ok. Hes just limping.

    1. Hi , if hes still limping then it indicates pain somewhere in the leg – painkillers from the vet might be required!

  38. Hi our cat as come home limping.. hes trying to not put too much presure on to it. Hes jumping up and can jump down on to surfaces fine. Hes eating ok. Hes just limping.

    1. Hi , if hes still limping then it indicates pain somewhere in the leg – painkillers from the vet might be required!

  39. Hi there,
    I have juts taken my cat to the vets. She has become suddenly swollen around her middle and out of character. She has had a blood test and scan. The scan indicates a possible liver problem. It is not one colour in the scan and not smooth.
    Her white blood cells are low?
    I have medication for her, she has managed to hold down a full days worth today. She is 13 and although I have a weeks worth of medication, I think she is suffering. She totters around and can’t manage the stairs, she looks sad and can’t settle. She is howling a little too. I think it is sadly time to have her put to sleep. But this was my very last resort after spending a lot to try and help her. I think she is suffering. Please can you advise me. Should I pursue the medication for a few days more? Please can you tell me if it would be cruel to do that?
    I will be so sad to lose her. I just can’t keep her holding on if she’s suffering.
    I don’t want to keep forcing medication in if she is suffering. I was just hoping to get a second opinion.
    Thank you

  40. Hi there,
    I have juts taken my cat to the vets. She has become suddenly swollen around her middle and out of character. She has had a blood test and scan. The scan indicates a possible liver problem. It is not one colour in the scan and not smooth.
    Her white blood cells are low?
    I have medication for her, she has managed to hold down a full days worth today. She is 13 and although I have a weeks worth of medication, I think she is suffering. She totters around and can’t manage the stairs, she looks sad and can’t settle. She is howling a little too. I think it is sadly time to have her put to sleep. But this was my very last resort after spending a lot to try and help her. I think she is suffering. Please can you advise me. Should I pursue the medication for a few days more? Please can you tell me if it would be cruel to do that?
    I will be so sad to lose her. I just can’t keep her holding on if she’s suffering.
    I don’t want to keep forcing medication in if she is suffering. I was just hoping to get a second opinion.
    Thank you

  41. hi my cat went out this morning and has come back not very happy…I picked him up and he started miowing like he was in pain…I put him down and he stopped. I tried to stroke him and he miows and even went to bite me which he has never done before. I asked him what he’s been up too and he makes this sort meow growling noise in reply…who said cats can’t talk. He has no signs of being in a fight…however, I couple of years ago I had the same thing happen to another cat but worse,I had to rush him off to the vet and they had to put him to sleep.

  42. hi my cat went out this morning and has come back not very happy…I picked him up and he started miowing like he was in pain…I put him down and he stopped. I tried to stroke him and he miows and even went to bite me which he has never done before. I asked him what he’s been up too and he makes this sort meow growling noise in reply…who said cats can’t talk. He has no signs of being in a fight…however, I couple of years ago I had the same thing happen to another cat but worse,I had to rush him off to the vet and they had to put him to sleep.

  43. Hi there,

    My sister’s cat has started limping after he came back from his usual trip outside. I tried to touch his front left leg but he started to make some noise. He still tries to jump and climb but he is less active now and he sleeps most of the time. But other than that, he still have big appetite. We think that our cat got his injury from fighting other cats, but my sister does not want to take him to the vets as its really expensive. Should we wait few more days before we take some actions?

    1. If the cat is limping, then it is in pain and needs to see a vet – regardless of cost. Under the Animal Welfare Act all pets should be free from pain and cared for adequately, so please speak to a vet as soon as possible.

  44. Hi there,

    My sister’s cat has started limping after he came back from his usual trip outside. I tried to touch his front left leg but he started to make some noise. He still tries to jump and climb but he is less active now and he sleeps most of the time. But other than that, he still have big appetite. We think that our cat got his injury from fighting other cats, but my sister does not want to take him to the vets as its really expensive. Should we wait few more days before we take some actions?

    1. If the cat is limping, then it is in pain and needs to see a vet – regardless of cost. Under the Animal Welfare Act all pets should be free from pain and cared for adequately, so please speak to a vet as soon as possible.

  45. We have new kittens, 5 wks old. One of them seems to be very zoned and dazed. Mother isnt nursing it, and it sits by the water bowl and stared at it. Really upset and concerned about it. Lastnight, it was having trouble staying balanced with back legs. I checked and they seem fine and working. We are so worried about it

    1. Hi, you really need to get the kitten to the vets – they do not have any reserve and need to be fed , even by foster bottle.

  46. We have new kittens, 5 wks old. One of them seems to be very zoned and dazed. Mother isnt nursing it, and it sits by the water bowl and stared at it. Really upset and concerned about it. Lastnight, it was having trouble staying balanced with back legs. I checked and they seem fine and working. We are so worried about it

    1. Hi, you really need to get the kitten to the vets – they do not have any reserve and need to be fed , even by foster bottle.

  47. Hi, my nine year old cat has been having moments where he lies down, howls/meows, eyes are diluted and he is breathing fast. I dont know whats wrong with him, and i really want to know, its hard to get specific information on this. please help.

    1. Hi , it sounds like your cat is really in distress during these “moments” and the internet is not the best place to find answers in this situation – your vet really is the best source for helping your cat as a physical examination is the only way to diagnose and treat the problem!

  48. Hi, my nine year old cat has been having moments where he lies down, howls/meows, eyes are diluted and he is breathing fast. I dont know whats wrong with him, and i really want to know, its hard to get specific information on this. please help.

    1. Hi , it sounds like your cat is really in distress during these “moments” and the internet is not the best place to find answers in this situation – your vet really is the best source for helping your cat as a physical examination is the only way to diagnose and treat the problem!

  49. My 3 year-old female cat has always loved being pet all-over. Until today, that is. Now when I pet her from the top of her head all the way down to her back, just when I get the area just before the tail she jumps/flips and runs away so fast it’s startling. I am unsure of what to do. She is an indoor cat so I know she hasn’t been hit by a car or anything. She does a lot of playing and often runs like crazy from one end of the house to the other, something she has done since she was a kitten. I don’t know if it’s possible for her to be hurt from that? Or maybe there is a sensory issue? Or a medical problem? I don’t know what other symptoms to look for, for anything else. And as far as I can tell, she is otherwise normal acting, she still jumps up on the couch and stands up on her hind legs when she wants me to pet her. Please, any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

  50. My 3 year-old female cat has always loved being pet all-over. Until today, that is. Now when I pet her from the top of her head all the way down to her back, just when I get the area just before the tail she jumps/flips and runs away so fast it’s startling. I am unsure of what to do. She is an indoor cat so I know she hasn’t been hit by a car or anything. She does a lot of playing and often runs like crazy from one end of the house to the other, something she has done since she was a kitten. I don’t know if it’s possible for her to be hurt from that? Or maybe there is a sensory issue? Or a medical problem? I don’t know what other symptoms to look for, for anything else. And as far as I can tell, she is otherwise normal acting, she still jumps up on the couch and stands up on her hind legs when she wants me to pet her. Please, any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

  51. so my cat shadow has been acting mostly normal but from time to time she cries when being picked up..this only lasts for a few hours before shes fine again..she purrs when pet,eats fine and drinks, bathroom breaks are normal she doesnt cater to any particular side she rolls around normal but for some reason ever few days for an hr or 2 she appears like picking her up hurts not sure what to do especially because im low income and cannot afford a vet

    1. Hi Sam, Shadow crying does seem to indicate pain or discomfort somewhere. Without a proper examination it is impossible to say what it could be – is there any animal charity or friends that could help financially to have her seen by a vet?

  52. so my cat shadow has been acting mostly normal but from time to time she cries when being picked up..this only lasts for a few hours before shes fine again..she purrs when pet,eats fine and drinks, bathroom breaks are normal she doesnt cater to any particular side she rolls around normal but for some reason ever few days for an hr or 2 she appears like picking her up hurts not sure what to do especially because im low income and cannot afford a vet

    1. Hi Sam, Shadow crying does seem to indicate pain or discomfort somewhere. Without a proper examination it is impossible to say what it could be – is there any animal charity or friends that could help financially to have her seen by a vet?

  53. My cats breathing is funny she won’t eat won’t go to the bathroom won’t let us pick her up without meowing like she’s in pain What’s wrong with her?

    1. Hi – sorry the blog was not manned last week – hopefully your cat has improved, or you saw a vet. If any animal shows pain, they really need to see a vet.

  54. My cats breathing is funny she won’t eat won’t go to the bathroom won’t let us pick her up without meowing like she’s in pain What’s wrong with her?

    1. Hi – sorry the blog was not manned last week – hopefully your cat has improved, or you saw a vet. If any animal shows pain, they really need to see a vet.

  55. I don’t know what to do my cat goes the phases where she will just start crying and is begging to be petted and scratch I have checked for fleas and she has none idk what to do she wipers so much

  56. I don’t know what to do my cat goes the phases where she will just start crying and is begging to be petted and scratch I have checked for fleas and she has none idk what to do she wipers so much

  57. My cat has been limping around and I don’t have enough money to go to a vet. Everytime I touch his back he scratches me and bites me he has never done that. Im really worried please reply docter.

    1. Hello Morgan, your cat is biting and scratching due to pain (which is causing the limping). You need to take them to a vet – financially, is there anyone who can help from family or friends or a local charity?

  58. My cat has been limping around and I don’t have enough money to go to a vet. Everytime I touch his back he scratches me and bites me he has never done that. Im really worried please reply docter.

    1. Hello Morgan, your cat is biting and scratching due to pain (which is causing the limping). You need to take them to a vet – financially, is there anyone who can help from family or friends or a local charity?

  59. my cat has been wormed i give her food 1 hr later shes moaning and wining really loud as through shes not been fed she is 13 years old i dont know what to do

  60. my cat has been wormed i give her food 1 hr later shes moaning and wining really loud as through shes not been fed she is 13 years old i dont know what to do

  61. Hi, our cat tammy starting growing, we took to vet who submmitted him to a prucedure of removing a liquid inside. Then made a heart test and all is ok, no tumor .. no heart problem. We took him back home, his behavious changed totally, quite, doesnt eat doest drink. After 2 days, we start putting food (recovery) into his mouth and water.. he is still quite.. very always is same place. we put him in avery confort area. he is there alone, quite. he can reac when we try to feed him, he seems to like it, but of course.. he is tired. does not allow much. we feed him litte, we do not know how much we should try to give him (forced food).Anyway. the way he is .. seems he is in a bad pain.. and is getting read to die. he is 13yo now.

  62. Hi, our cat tammy starting growing, we took to vet who submmitted him to a prucedure of removing a liquid inside. Then made a heart test and all is ok, no tumor .. no heart problem. We took him back home, his behavious changed totally, quite, doesnt eat doest drink. After 2 days, we start putting food (recovery) into his mouth and water.. he is still quite.. very always is same place. we put him in avery confort area. he is there alone, quite. he can reac when we try to feed him, he seems to like it, but of course.. he is tired. does not allow much. we feed him litte, we do not know how much we should try to give him (forced food).Anyway. the way he is .. seems he is in a bad pain.. and is getting read to die. he is 13yo now.

  63. My 2year old cat came in yesterday after spending 2 nights away (he does this every few weeks) he didn’t want his food and went straight to his bed, later in the night he came and sat with me, I was giving him fuss and when I touched his tail he me meowed and scratched me he’s never liked having his paws or tail touched but usually he’ll just put his paw on my hand in a more playful than aggressive way

    I decided something wasn’t right and had a quick feel of his tail, about half way down there is a lump, I don’t know if it’s hard or soft as it was clearly painful to touch, he’s moving his tail and flicking it, he’s eating some of his food but he’s definitely lost his appetite.
    I first thought maybe he’s caught his tail in something and it will heal in time, now after googling it I’m worried it could be serious, I have no idea if he urinating or pooping, he doesn’t have a litter tray

    Is it likely it’s a minor injury or should I get him to the ASAP

    1. Hi Charly, sorry the blogs are not monitored over the weekend. If you haven’t visited the vet as yet, which suggest that you have him checked over with them. The lump on the tail can be something such as an abscess from a catfight – this is quite common (also painful). If it is a cat bite abscess, it will need treatment and antibiotics/painkillers. All the best – Dave RVN Vet Help Direct admin.

  64. My 2year old cat came in yesterday after spending 2 nights away (he does this every few weeks) he didn’t want his food and went straight to his bed, later in the night he came and sat with me, I was giving him fuss and when I touched his tail he me meowed and scratched me he’s never liked having his paws or tail touched but usually he’ll just put his paw on my hand in a more playful than aggressive way

    I decided something wasn’t right and had a quick feel of his tail, about half way down there is a lump, I don’t know if it’s hard or soft as it was clearly painful to touch, he’s moving his tail and flicking it, he’s eating some of his food but he’s definitely lost his appetite.
    I first thought maybe he’s caught his tail in something and it will heal in time, now after googling it I’m worried it could be serious, I have no idea if he urinating or pooping, he doesn’t have a litter tray

    Is it likely it’s a minor injury or should I get him to the ASAP

    1. Hi Charly, sorry the blogs are not monitored over the weekend. If you haven’t visited the vet as yet, which suggest that you have him checked over with them. The lump on the tail can be something such as an abscess from a catfight – this is quite common (also painful). If it is a cat bite abscess, it will need treatment and antibiotics/painkillers. All the best – Dave RVN Vet Help Direct admin.

  65. My cat jumped onto the kitchen work top when the over door was open and hit her lower back- she jumped straight down again and ran off. We’ve stopped her going outside so we can monitor her and she isnt limping but when i touches the area she whipped her head round and used both paws to stop my hand (although she doesnt use nails ever on us-it was a strong reaction). How will I know if its more than bruised and should I just keep her inside for a while to recover? Thanks

    1. Hi Sarah,

      If she still seems in pain around that area in the morning, it would be good to get her checked out… she may need some painkillers etc. – of course if you are worried in the meantime, please contact your vet sooner.

  66. My cat jumped onto the kitchen work top when the over door was open and hit her lower back- she jumped straight down again and ran off. We’ve stopped her going outside so we can monitor her and she isnt limping but when i touches the area she whipped her head round and used both paws to stop my hand (although she doesnt use nails ever on us-it was a strong reaction). How will I know if its more than bruised and should I just keep her inside for a while to recover? Thanks

    1. Hi Sarah,

      If she still seems in pain around that area in the morning, it would be good to get her checked out… she may need some painkillers etc. – of course if you are worried in the meantime, please contact your vet sooner.

  67. My cat is 13 months old and is usually playful. He all of a sudden lost that playful attitude and became a little more aggressive (growling when picked up, not to the point of biting). He gets in his normal sleeping area and will stay there all day, except for the occasional bathroom break and to grab a bite to eat. Whenever he started showing these signs we took him to the vet and everything checked out fine, but he still has this personality change and I can’t shake the fact that he does not seem well.

    He also seems to be losing weight, even though when they weighed him he actually gained a little. No vomitting, diarrhea, or any of those symptoms. Just acting a bit lethargic and lost the energy level he once had. Going on 12 days now and we will be taking him to get checked out again this time with blood work and x rays, but wanted to see if there was maybe a certain illness he may be presenting.

  68. My cat is 13 months old and is usually playful. He all of a sudden lost that playful attitude and became a little more aggressive (growling when picked up, not to the point of biting). He gets in his normal sleeping area and will stay there all day, except for the occasional bathroom break and to grab a bite to eat. Whenever he started showing these signs we took him to the vet and everything checked out fine, but he still has this personality change and I can’t shake the fact that he does not seem well.

    He also seems to be losing weight, even though when they weighed him he actually gained a little. No vomitting, diarrhea, or any of those symptoms. Just acting a bit lethargic and lost the energy level he once had. Going on 12 days now and we will be taking him to get checked out again this time with blood work and x rays, but wanted to see if there was maybe a certain illness he may be presenting.

  69. Hi my cat has been
    Bit . I have been washing it with warm water and salt
    All the fliud is coming out but vary
    Smelly. Do you think
    I should take him to the vets.
    Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa, if you haven’t already – yes your cat needs to see a vet. The discharge is more than likely a pus infection, requiring antibiotics, it will not heal properly otherwise. Hope that helps! Dave RVN admin Vet Help Direct

  70. Hi my cat has been
    Bit . I have been washing it with warm water and salt
    All the fliud is coming out but vary
    Smelly. Do you think
    I should take him to the vets.
    Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa, if you haven’t already – yes your cat needs to see a vet. The discharge is more than likely a pus infection, requiring antibiotics, it will not heal properly otherwise. Hope that helps! Dave RVN admin Vet Help Direct

  71. Hi, my cat is 14 months old, and has suddenly developed a limp on his front right leg. He is walking around still, and has a normal appetite, just a bit more sleepy than usual. No idea what’s caused it, he’s usually very hyper, so maybe fallen from something. Any advice please

    Can

    1. HI Caz, if he is still limping, then he will need to see a vet. There is usually a reason behind limping pets, but sometimes we never find out the cause. Your cat may need a short course of anti-inflammatories to help with any pain and stiffness.

  72. Hi, my cat is 14 months old, and has suddenly developed a limp on his front right leg. He is walking around still, and has a normal appetite, just a bit more sleepy than usual. No idea what’s caused it, he’s usually very hyper, so maybe fallen from something. Any advice please

    Can

    1. HI Caz, if he is still limping, then he will need to see a vet. There is usually a reason behind limping pets, but sometimes we never find out the cause. Your cat may need a short course of anti-inflammatories to help with any pain and stiffness.

  73. My cat simba,had been not letting me touch his ears for the past 3 days,just today i picked him up and was patting him and when my other cat came Simba started to hiss and try and attack it,which is unusual because there normally best friends,so I went to go pat his head around his ears and he hissed and meowed and tried to attack me,there’s no discharge from his ears and no loss of appetite,what is wrong with my cat and is it serious ???!??

    1. Hi Anna, because of they way they are reacting, we’d strongly suggest you take them to a vet for a check over. Ears can be notorious for things like foreign bodies (grass seeds etc), or there could be a problem such as ear mites. When you take them to the vet, they will probably need to sedate your cat to have a look – especially where Simba is getting so upset.

  74. My cat simba,had been not letting me touch his ears for the past 3 days,just today i picked him up and was patting him and when my other cat came Simba started to hiss and try and attack it,which is unusual because there normally best friends,so I went to go pat his head around his ears and he hissed and meowed and tried to attack me,there’s no discharge from his ears and no loss of appetite,what is wrong with my cat and is it serious ???!??

    1. Hi Anna, because of they way they are reacting, we’d strongly suggest you take them to a vet for a check over. Ears can be notorious for things like foreign bodies (grass seeds etc), or there could be a problem such as ear mites. When you take them to the vet, they will probably need to sedate your cat to have a look – especially where Simba is getting so upset.

  75. Hi my cat is in serious pain, at night she was in a fight and her eye wont open. It has a bit of blood underneath it and her nose and mouth has blood too. I will bring her to vets tomorrow but what is freaking me out is that she is barely standing up never mind walking and eating, could that be all down to pain ? ahh i love her hope vets will bring her back to normal

    1. Hi Sandra, you need to call your vets immediately, if you are in the UK every vet is obliged to provide 24h care. Please call now! Hope she’s OK x

  76. Hi my cat is in serious pain, at night she was in a fight and her eye wont open. It has a bit of blood underneath it and her nose and mouth has blood too. I will bring her to vets tomorrow but what is freaking me out is that she is barely standing up never mind walking and eating, could that be all down to pain ? ahh i love her hope vets will bring her back to normal

    1. Hi Sandra, you need to call your vets immediately, if you are in the UK every vet is obliged to provide 24h care. Please call now! Hope she’s OK x

    1. Timmy you need to get your kitten to a vet, immediately (if you haven’t already). Please call them now! Best wishes Dave.

    1. Timmy you need to get your kitten to a vet, immediately (if you haven’t already). Please call them now! Best wishes Dave.

  77. I have an outside cat who refuses to come indoors. It was extremely hot today (103) and he would not come in.. I made sure he had fresh water and checked on him regularly and he was ok. Now it has cooled off and he is acting strange. Meowing loud, won’t eat, doesn’t want to be loved on. He moves away from me when I sit next to him. He is walking fine and doesn’t appear hurt. Do you think that maybe he is just mad? Or should I be worried? He used to be real lovey but here in the last few months he is very skittish.

  78. I have an outside cat who refuses to come indoors. It was extremely hot today (103) and he would not come in.. I made sure he had fresh water and checked on him regularly and he was ok. Now it has cooled off and he is acting strange. Meowing loud, won’t eat, doesn’t want to be loved on. He moves away from me when I sit next to him. He is walking fine and doesn’t appear hurt. Do you think that maybe he is just mad? Or should I be worried? He used to be real lovey but here in the last few months he is very skittish.

  79. My cat keeps on randomly tensing her tail, it kind of looks like shes about to do her ‘business’ but she doesn’t. Also sometimes she’ll do it while walking. I’m quite concerned.

    1. If she is still displaying this behaviour, she should see a vet – there could be constipation or bladder issues. Please call them if you haven’t!

  80. My cat keeps on randomly tensing her tail, it kind of looks like shes about to do her ‘business’ but she doesn’t. Also sometimes she’ll do it while walking. I’m quite concerned.

    1. If she is still displaying this behaviour, she should see a vet – there could be constipation or bladder issues. Please call them if you haven’t!

  81. When I came home from work Thursday evening my kitten had a limp. I checked the pads of her paws and pressed up and down her leg she didn’t cry or flinch she is still eating playing climbing up on chairs and the bed. I think it might be her shoulder what should I do I can’t stop her from climbing and messing does she need a vet?

    1. Yes she does need to see a vet! Cat’s only limp if in pain, so she may need anti-inflammatory / painkiller medication. Dave Vet Help Direct

  82. When I came home from work Thursday evening my kitten had a limp. I checked the pads of her paws and pressed up and down her leg she didn’t cry or flinch she is still eating playing climbing up on chairs and the bed. I think it might be her shoulder what should I do I can’t stop her from climbing and messing does she need a vet?

    1. Yes she does need to see a vet! Cat’s only limp if in pain, so she may need anti-inflammatory / painkiller medication. Dave Vet Help Direct

  83. My 11 year old female cat recently (6 months ago) lost her brother,
    She has been very odd ever since.
    Constant Meowing and asking for food but not always eating it.
    Occasionally sick.

    Passed blood when crouching (but has been neutered)
    Seems anxious, constantly begging for attention.

    1. Hi, in this case we’d strongly advise you call your vet and get her seen. The symptoms you have described can be several types of issue, so it is best to get them checked out as soon as you can.

  84. My 11 year old female cat recently (6 months ago) lost her brother,
    She has been very odd ever since.
    Constant Meowing and asking for food but not always eating it.
    Occasionally sick.

    Passed blood when crouching (but has been neutered)
    Seems anxious, constantly begging for attention.

    1. Hi, in this case we’d strongly advise you call your vet and get her seen. The symptoms you have described can be several types of issue, so it is best to get them checked out as soon as you can.

  85. My cat Sam he’s just over 2 years old. He came in acting strange today sleeping in very unusual spots he never goes in. He was sat on the sofa with me and as I sat down on the opposite end he meowed as if in pain. He did the same when my dog sat next to me no where near him, he’s always been friendly and never had a cross paw with my dog. His eyes look more closed and slanted than usual. I’m worried because his mother showed similar symptoms and she had been poisoned by someone in our neighbourhood. I don’t know whether it’s me being over protective and paranoid. But his behaviour is definitely out of the ordinary.

    1. Hi Megan, the general rule of thumb, if you think your pet is behaving out of the ordinary is to get them checked over by your vet. We know this does have cost implications, but for peace of mind it is the best option. Dave RVN Vet Help Direct.

  86. My cat Sam he’s just over 2 years old. He came in acting strange today sleeping in very unusual spots he never goes in. He was sat on the sofa with me and as I sat down on the opposite end he meowed as if in pain. He did the same when my dog sat next to me no where near him, he’s always been friendly and never had a cross paw with my dog. His eyes look more closed and slanted than usual. I’m worried because his mother showed similar symptoms and she had been poisoned by someone in our neighbourhood. I don’t know whether it’s me being over protective and paranoid. But his behaviour is definitely out of the ordinary.

    1. Hi Megan, the general rule of thumb, if you think your pet is behaving out of the ordinary is to get them checked over by your vet. We know this does have cost implications, but for peace of mind it is the best option. Dave RVN Vet Help Direct.

  87. Hi Dave,my cat seems to be suffering from pain but I can’t tell where exactly…at first I thought he might be having tummy pains but after feeding him a snack I noticed his one paw kept staying in the air and when he walked it was visibly weaker…he doesn’t seem to have any wounds on his paw…could my cat suffer from a heart disease or stroke of some sort? He is less than a year old…he seems to be laying comfortably stretched out not bunched up as a usual cat in pain would

    1. Hi Andre, pets can suffer from heart disease etc. but there are other things that can also make them seem weak. If you are concerned your pet is in pain or looking weak/under the weather, getting them checked over by your vet is always the best policy. Dave RVN Vet Help Direct

  88. Hi Dave,my cat seems to be suffering from pain but I can’t tell where exactly…at first I thought he might be having tummy pains but after feeding him a snack I noticed his one paw kept staying in the air and when he walked it was visibly weaker…he doesn’t seem to have any wounds on his paw…could my cat suffer from a heart disease or stroke of some sort? He is less than a year old…he seems to be laying comfortably stretched out not bunched up as a usual cat in pain would

    1. Hi Andre, pets can suffer from heart disease etc. but there are other things that can also make them seem weak. If you are concerned your pet is in pain or looking weak/under the weather, getting them checked over by your vet is always the best policy. Dave RVN Vet Help Direct

  89. Sir I have a small cat she has stop walking and not using her back lesg much she just drag her self with her front legs this all started after she got a high fever for which I gave her a small dose of crocin her fever went but after few days she stop walking
    Can see be able to walk again

    1. Nikhil, I am unfamiliar with the drug Crocin as we are UK based, however if it is the type that contains paracetamol, then you should have them looked at by a vet as soon as you can. Paracetamol is toxic to cats and should never be given. No human drugs should be given, unless directed by a veterinarian. Please call your vet now!

  90. Sir I have a small cat she has stop walking and not using her back lesg much she just drag her self with her front legs this all started after she got a high fever for which I gave her a small dose of crocin her fever went but after few days she stop walking
    Can see be able to walk again

    1. Nikhil, I am unfamiliar with the drug Crocin as we are UK based, however if it is the type that contains paracetamol, then you should have them looked at by a vet as soon as you can. Paracetamol is toxic to cats and should never be given. No human drugs should be given, unless directed by a veterinarian. Please call your vet now!

  91. our cats tail is really floppy and he is also having trouble standing and also is find it hard to find comfort

    1. Please contact your vet, if you haven’t. A proper medical examination is needed and they are the best to advise.

  92. our cats tail is really floppy and he is also having trouble standing and also is find it hard to find comfort

    1. Please contact your vet, if you haven’t. A proper medical examination is needed and they are the best to advise.

  93. My 13 year old indoor cat seems unhappy to stand, keeps laying down after a few steps ,is this due to her age .She’s not making any complaining noises still eats but not as much ,that’s probably due to the hot weather

    1. If you haven’t please ring your vet and let them see your cat. From what you say, she needs a proper health examination. Dave RVN Vet Help Direct

  94. My 13 year old indoor cat seems unhappy to stand, keeps laying down after a few steps ,is this due to her age .She’s not making any complaining noises still eats but not as much ,that’s probably due to the hot weather

    1. If you haven’t please ring your vet and let them see your cat. From what you say, she needs a proper health examination. Dave RVN Vet Help Direct

  95. Hello, someone dumped a cat and I was feeding him because I felt bad. Well he became increasingly thin over the last 2 weeks and more lethargic. I feel awful, but he was eating and I did not take him to vet as I have no money…. and the humane society would not take him as we are in the country. Now he laying in my tub crying and kicking his feet unable to move. What on earth can I do for him until 9 am when the vet opens? Or is it too late. Poor thing is skin and bones and I didn’t realize how thin he has become.

    1. The cat definitely needs to see a vet. In the UK every vet has a duty to see an animal for First Aid etc. Please call them!

  96. Hello, someone dumped a cat and I was feeding him because I felt bad. Well he became increasingly thin over the last 2 weeks and more lethargic. I feel awful, but he was eating and I did not take him to vet as I have no money…. and the humane society would not take him as we are in the country. Now he laying in my tub crying and kicking his feet unable to move. What on earth can I do for him until 9 am when the vet opens? Or is it too late. Poor thing is skin and bones and I didn’t realize how thin he has become.

    1. The cat definitely needs to see a vet. In the UK every vet has a duty to see an animal for First Aid etc. Please call them!

  97. Hi, today I noticed my cat’s tail being low than usual, it was like it was lifeless and just really droopy. She let me stroke her head and back until I got to her tail, then she hissed at me. So I knew something was wrong and I knew something was wrong or she was just having a bad day. I let a few hours pass by as she stayed sleeping under my bed or in a cupboard. I’m really worried but I’ve got a health check at the vet’s in a couple days, shall I wait till the appointment or get her checked ASAP?
    Also near the base of the tail it’s normal and then it gets fat couple inches away from the base and then normal once again, so I think something isn’t right.

  98. Hi, today I noticed my cat’s tail being low than usual, it was like it was lifeless and just really droopy. She let me stroke her head and back until I got to her tail, then she hissed at me. So I knew something was wrong and I knew something was wrong or she was just having a bad day. I let a few hours pass by as she stayed sleeping under my bed or in a cupboard. I’m really worried but I’ve got a health check at the vet’s in a couple days, shall I wait till the appointment or get her checked ASAP?
    Also near the base of the tail it’s normal and then it gets fat couple inches away from the base and then normal once again, so I think something isn’t right.

  99. Also she had a cat fight couple days ago which never happened before. So I think it could be because of that.

    1. It sounds like it could be related – possibly a cat bite abscess, which if it is may need treatment such as draining and a course of antibiotics.

  100. Also she had a cat fight couple days ago which never happened before. So I think it could be because of that.

    1. It sounds like it could be related – possibly a cat bite abscess, which if it is may need treatment such as draining and a course of antibiotics.

  101. Please help. My kitten is sick since yesterday. She s not eating nor drinking and just sleeps all the time. Can’t barely stand and just keep on lying.yesterday she seems to had a fever and very sick so i just give her few drops of water like every 3 hours using syringe.she doesnt seem to be dehydrated and her skin is still kinda elastic when i pull it.not vomiting and no diarrhea.then 8 hours ago i fed her cerelac baby food 2ml everyhour.she resist a bit because she seems kinda weak.she littered just few minutes ago and it looks ok soft and whole.but whats strange to me is that she seems to have parkinsons disease when she moves but it will be gone when she sits and rest. As of now she cant stand on her feet. Just lying and quiet and tail is moving like its itchy. Please inform me whats wrong with her. I dont know what to do. Also i dont have work now and i really cant afford to go to vet and have checked. I just keep on praying that she ll be ok soon as i have lost dozens of stray kittens/cats ive tried to adopt and help before.i love cats so much.thanks god bless

    1. Alvin, your kitten the needs veterinary attention as soon as possible. If you cannot afford to go to a vet, please ask for financial assistance from friends or family. Are there any charities that may be able to help? Best of luck.

  102. Please help. My kitten is sick since yesterday. She s not eating nor drinking and just sleeps all the time. Can’t barely stand and just keep on lying.yesterday she seems to had a fever and very sick so i just give her few drops of water like every 3 hours using syringe.she doesnt seem to be dehydrated and her skin is still kinda elastic when i pull it.not vomiting and no diarrhea.then 8 hours ago i fed her cerelac baby food 2ml everyhour.she resist a bit because she seems kinda weak.she littered just few minutes ago and it looks ok soft and whole.but whats strange to me is that she seems to have parkinsons disease when she moves but it will be gone when she sits and rest. As of now she cant stand on her feet. Just lying and quiet and tail is moving like its itchy. Please inform me whats wrong with her. I dont know what to do. Also i dont have work now and i really cant afford to go to vet and have checked. I just keep on praying that she ll be ok soon as i have lost dozens of stray kittens/cats ive tried to adopt and help before.i love cats so much.thanks god bless

    1. Alvin, your kitten the needs veterinary attention as soon as possible. If you cannot afford to go to a vet, please ask for financial assistance from friends or family. Are there any charities that may be able to help? Best of luck.

  103. My cat has escaped the house and was sleeping the whole day in the neighbours bush. When she came out of the bush, she stretched drank a bit of rain water and went back in the bush. I don’t know what to do. We called her name when she was out of the bush and tapped cat food cans but we still couldnt persuade her to come back. What shall I do? Please reply ASAP

  104. My cat has escaped the house and was sleeping the whole day in the neighbours bush. When she came out of the bush, she stretched drank a bit of rain water and went back in the bush. I don’t know what to do. We called her name when she was out of the bush and tapped cat food cans but we still couldnt persuade her to come back. What shall I do? Please reply ASAP

  105. I woke up this morning and checked the backgarden, front garden and then checked the conservatory which was left open and she was there sleeping on a pillow. I was relieved to know she was safe but when I tried picking her up she meowed and hissed at me. I got her to come down and walk a bit to make sure she hasnt hurt herself or was limping but she kept on meowing. Her meow was like a deep cry which obviously tells us that shes in great pain. I will be booking an appointment with the vet today but i’ll struggle to get her into her basket.

  106. I woke up this morning and checked the backgarden, front garden and then checked the conservatory which was left open and she was there sleeping on a pillow. I was relieved to know she was safe but when I tried picking her up she meowed and hissed at me. I got her to come down and walk a bit to make sure she hasnt hurt herself or was limping but she kept on meowing. Her meow was like a deep cry which obviously tells us that shes in great pain. I will be booking an appointment with the vet today but i’ll struggle to get her into her basket.

  107. Thanks Dave. I don’t have friends. Only my pets. She died this morning. I buried her outside of our house. I was crying a lot even up to now because i miss and love her. but i know i should just be happy for God answered my prayer not to let her suffer long since i do believe there s nothing i can do and I suspect its Fading Kitten Syndrome because when they were borned,they’re a bit thin.their mother is also thin. sadly her younger sister seems to be on the line.she hasn’t been feeding from her mom. Im just trying to be strong and praying and hoping i wont lose her too. They’re 8 or 9 weeks old btw. Im doing all i could to give her sufficient food and vitamins. Thanks again Dave.

  108. Thanks Dave. I don’t have friends. Only my pets. She died this morning. I buried her outside of our house. I was crying a lot even up to now because i miss and love her. but i know i should just be happy for God answered my prayer not to let her suffer long since i do believe there s nothing i can do and I suspect its Fading Kitten Syndrome because when they were borned,they’re a bit thin.their mother is also thin. sadly her younger sister seems to be on the line.she hasn’t been feeding from her mom. Im just trying to be strong and praying and hoping i wont lose her too. They’re 8 or 9 weeks old btw. Im doing all i could to give her sufficient food and vitamins. Thanks again Dave.

  109. Here in my country i dont know any charities and just like in any other country,a visit to a vet could that much.i have monthly allowance but just enough for me and pets to survive for a month. As of now i have 8 cats and 2 kittens. I know God is good and he would help me do what i think is the purpose of my life and that is to be a saviour of cats. Sorry if i sound corny,im just trying to share my thoughts and be myself. Thanks and God bless. I’ll keep you posted regarding the other kitten that was left here.

  110. Here in my country i dont know any charities and just like in any other country,a visit to a vet could that much.i have monthly allowance but just enough for me and pets to survive for a month. As of now i have 8 cats and 2 kittens. I know God is good and he would help me do what i think is the purpose of my life and that is to be a saviour of cats. Sorry if i sound corny,im just trying to share my thoughts and be myself. Thanks and God bless. I’ll keep you posted regarding the other kitten that was left here.

  111. Sir Dave i just want to know what could it be that caused my kitten s death.i only based my idea that they have FKS because since birth they never seemed to have any problems. They’re all active and seemed normal. There’s 3 of them. The first one died after just 2 weeks. I thought maybe he s the only one who s weak and the other s were just fine. But then after the death of 2nd kitty this morning and after i did some reasearch on the net.what i could only think of the cause of their death is KFS. Please inform me more. thanks for your kindness sir Dave. God bless

  112. Sir Dave i just want to know what could it be that caused my kitten s death.i only based my idea that they have FKS because since birth they never seemed to have any problems. They’re all active and seemed normal. There’s 3 of them. The first one died after just 2 weeks. I thought maybe he s the only one who s weak and the other s were just fine. But then after the death of 2nd kitty this morning and after i did some reasearch on the net.what i could only think of the cause of their death is KFS. Please inform me more. thanks for your kindness sir Dave. God bless

  113. My six year old cat started meowing deeply and at first I thought he was just hungry or being playful since he meows in that way whenever he needs to be fed or wants to play. But then, he started hissing and walking around, and dropping on the floor, and he was twisting his body around, too. I tried to pet him to maybe try and soothe him and it seemed like his lower stomach/hind legs area was in pain so I stopped. When I opened the door to where I keep his litter, he ran straight to it and peed. After he peed, he stopped meowing and hissing and just moving around in general and he laid on the floor, looking exhausted. He fell asleep right after but now I’m worried if there’s something wrong with him. What should I do? Thank you.

    1. Hi Ruth, which strongly suggest you getting checked out as soon as possible. There could be a bladder problem going on, even possibly he is starting to be blocked in the area, that is a medical emergency. Even if he is not blocked (or becoming blocked) he still sounds like he needs to see a vet. Please call your vets now for further advice.

  114. My six year old cat started meowing deeply and at first I thought he was just hungry or being playful since he meows in that way whenever he needs to be fed or wants to play. But then, he started hissing and walking around, and dropping on the floor, and he was twisting his body around, too. I tried to pet him to maybe try and soothe him and it seemed like his lower stomach/hind legs area was in pain so I stopped. When I opened the door to where I keep his litter, he ran straight to it and peed. After he peed, he stopped meowing and hissing and just moving around in general and he laid on the floor, looking exhausted. He fell asleep right after but now I’m worried if there’s something wrong with him. What should I do? Thank you.

    1. Hi Ruth, which strongly suggest you getting checked out as soon as possible. There could be a bladder problem going on, even possibly he is starting to be blocked in the area, that is a medical emergency. Even if he is not blocked (or becoming blocked) he still sounds like he needs to see a vet. Please call your vets now for further advice.

  115. Hi, my cat hisses,bites,growls,licking her paws,flicker her paws,and runs to hide after playing and touching her front paws and back. Also these symptoms happens when during cold weather. We rescued her a few years ago from being abandon by her previous family. They declawed her as a kitten. She meow and follow us when she wants food or attention , or she just want to set down . So she can set or lay in our lamps. Her front paws are cold and this middle of summer. I notice her paws is swollen 10 times there size after playing ,cold weather,and touching her paws.She run and jumps ,but suffer for it later. Vets in town and near done,t believe something wrong and wants x rays. We can afford xRays and I won’t support vets who declaw cats. Why do vets denied the fact cats suffer from pain after years of declawing.

  116. Hi, my cat hisses,bites,growls,licking her paws,flicker her paws,and runs to hide after playing and touching her front paws and back. Also these symptoms happens when during cold weather. We rescued her a few years ago from being abandon by her previous family. They declawed her as a kitten. She meow and follow us when she wants food or attention , or she just want to set down . So she can set or lay in our lamps. Her front paws are cold and this middle of summer. I notice her paws is swollen 10 times there size after playing ,cold weather,and touching her paws.She run and jumps ,but suffer for it later. Vets in town and near done,t believe something wrong and wants x rays. We can afford xRays and I won’t support vets who declaw cats. Why do vets denied the fact cats suffer from pain after years of declawing.

  117. hi, my 10year old male indoor cat has always loved his food and is full of character. This morning was a usual morning true to this. But when I came home from work after about an hour I noticed he was very quiet and didn’t want any dinner and just stayed curled up in his bed. When I got up out of his bed late me that night he seemed fine when I stroked his head but as I went closer to his back paws he moaned loudly. He’s walkin around and putting all weight down but doesn’t appear to be walking around tall he seems to be quite low to the floor.

    I’m going to take him the vet tomorrow… But any ideas what it could be? Litter tray etc all fine no unusual signs. Very worried owner.

    1. Hi Zoe, we have only just picked up your comment. We hope the vet has seen your cat, it is very difficult to give you an idea from what you say. You have the best idea and doing the right thing taken him to the surgery.

  118. hi, my 10year old male indoor cat has always loved his food and is full of character. This morning was a usual morning true to this. But when I came home from work after about an hour I noticed he was very quiet and didn’t want any dinner and just stayed curled up in his bed. When I got up out of his bed late me that night he seemed fine when I stroked his head but as I went closer to his back paws he moaned loudly. He’s walkin around and putting all weight down but doesn’t appear to be walking around tall he seems to be quite low to the floor.

    I’m going to take him the vet tomorrow… But any ideas what it could be? Litter tray etc all fine no unusual signs. Very worried owner.

    1. Hi Zoe, we have only just picked up your comment. We hope the vet has seen your cat, it is very difficult to give you an idea from what you say. You have the best idea and doing the right thing taken him to the surgery.

  119. Hi there, I have noticed in the last 2 weeks my cat doe`s not want to come in my home lately, It has bee hot outside, I know cats love the warmer months and tend to stop out more. But in the last couple of weeks she does not seem to want to come indoors. Her eating is normal and she comes when called, But no sooner i bring her in she can`t wait to get out again. Any idea`s.

  120. Hi there, I have noticed in the last 2 weeks my cat doe`s not want to come in my home lately, It has bee hot outside, I know cats love the warmer months and tend to stop out more. But in the last couple of weeks she does not seem to want to come indoors. Her eating is normal and she comes when called, But no sooner i bring her in she can`t wait to get out again. Any idea`s.

  121. Hi
    My female Scottish fold is 4 years old. She was sick in the morning and evening a few days ago but seemed happy in herself, letting me stroke her, puring, nose eyes mouth and ears all ok. So I kept an eye on her. Now yesterday she was sick twice. The second straight after the first. Again she seems fine. I think her kibble may be too small and she’s swallowing rather than chewing it but I can’t afford a new kibble and the vet right at this moment. So what should I do? Vets or kibble ? Thank you

    1. We’d suggest the vets is a good point, there are reasons this could be happening, from mouth to digestive system problems. Please let your vet examine her.

  122. Hi
    My female Scottish fold is 4 years old. She was sick in the morning and evening a few days ago but seemed happy in herself, letting me stroke her, puring, nose eyes mouth and ears all ok. So I kept an eye on her. Now yesterday she was sick twice. The second straight after the first. Again she seems fine. I think her kibble may be too small and she’s swallowing rather than chewing it but I can’t afford a new kibble and the vet right at this moment. So what should I do? Vets or kibble ? Thank you

    1. We’d suggest the vets is a good point, there are reasons this could be happening, from mouth to digestive system problems. Please let your vet examine her.

  123. Hi. I’ve been worried about my kitten because i just noticed today that her behind is swollen and a little bit red and i also noticed that when she walks, she keeps on lifting her right leg (shaking), i tried to touch her right leg to see if there is something wrong with it but then she hisses and tries to scratch me :(, even her mother cat can’t lick her behind and her legs. I dont know what to do. I dont know any vets that is located near us or somewhat near our place. Please help me.

    1. We know it’s difficult, but it sounds like the kitten needs to see a vet, sooner rather than later. Please ask in the area for the nearest vet – we are UK based so are unable to help with that bit!

  124. Hi. I’ve been worried about my kitten because i just noticed today that her behind is swollen and a little bit red and i also noticed that when she walks, she keeps on lifting her right leg (shaking), i tried to touch her right leg to see if there is something wrong with it but then she hisses and tries to scratch me :(, even her mother cat can’t lick her behind and her legs. I dont know what to do. I dont know any vets that is located near us or somewhat near our place. Please help me.

    1. We know it’s difficult, but it sounds like the kitten needs to see a vet, sooner rather than later. Please ask in the area for the nearest vet – we are UK based so are unable to help with that bit!

  125. Hi, my brother accidentally stood on my cat. He’s limping but only ever so slightly. He’s not off his food but doesn’t seem to want to go out as much. – however this might be due to recently moving then leaving him with my brother for 3 weeks, therefore he could be just generally unsettled. Would you still take him as I don’t want to upset him further (the vets can be quite traumatic in itself) I’m just trying to give loads of love etc. is this the right thing to do?

    1. Hi Bec, if your cat is still limping then we’d suggest a vet visit. Cat’s are stoic creatures and will only show weakness if they are in discomfort – which might mean a course of painkiller…

  126. Hi, my brother accidentally stood on my cat. He’s limping but only ever so slightly. He’s not off his food but doesn’t seem to want to go out as much. – however this might be due to recently moving then leaving him with my brother for 3 weeks, therefore he could be just generally unsettled. Would you still take him as I don’t want to upset him further (the vets can be quite traumatic in itself) I’m just trying to give loads of love etc. is this the right thing to do?

    1. Hi Bec, if your cat is still limping then we’d suggest a vet visit. Cat’s are stoic creatures and will only show weakness if they are in discomfort – which might mean a course of painkiller…

  127. I have a male cat that got sick last Saturday 8/15/15. Took him to the vet and he was giving meds. Took him a few day before he would start drinking, but he wouldn’t eat. We ended up having to force feed him liquid down can cat food. The next day he which was Saturday 8/22/15 he was eating on his own. But, now we noticed if we rubbed down his back he would cry out and move away from you. Also, he would sit facing the wall. I think he developed another problem from not eating for so long, but I don’t know what it could be.

    1. Hi, it’s very difficult to say without a full picture. We would strongly suggest you contact your vet again if there has been no improvement as they will have all the details and medical history.

  128. I have a male cat that got sick last Saturday 8/15/15. Took him to the vet and he was giving meds. Took him a few day before he would start drinking, but he wouldn’t eat. We ended up having to force feed him liquid down can cat food. The next day he which was Saturday 8/22/15 he was eating on his own. But, now we noticed if we rubbed down his back he would cry out and move away from you. Also, he would sit facing the wall. I think he developed another problem from not eating for so long, but I don’t know what it could be.

    1. Hi, it’s very difficult to say without a full picture. We would strongly suggest you contact your vet again if there has been no improvement as they will have all the details and medical history.

  129. Hi my cat is laying in the rain & will not let me touch her ! She is a very friendly cat & this behaviour is strange, she came in & flopped on the floor then walked upstairs very slowly then back down now she is outside & I don’t know what to do! !!!

    1. Hi Kim, If you have not already, please try and pick her up, use a blanket if you need to to avoid an upset felines claws. Bring her inside and keep her warm, try to see if there are any obvious signs of an injury. If there is no apparent signs, but she is not herself – please call your vet immediately for further advice.

  130. Hi my cat is laying in the rain & will not let me touch her ! She is a very friendly cat & this behaviour is strange, she came in & flopped on the floor then walked upstairs very slowly then back down now she is outside & I don’t know what to do! !!!

    1. Hi Kim, If you have not already, please try and pick her up, use a blanket if you need to to avoid an upset felines claws. Bring her inside and keep her warm, try to see if there are any obvious signs of an injury. If there is no apparent signs, but she is not herself – please call your vet immediately for further advice.

  131. My cat’s behavior and disposition changed suddenly yesterday afternoon.

    He has always been a very cuddly, responsive cat that loves attention. He is now extremely tense, constantly licking his front shoulders, legs, paws and chest area. He will not sleep or eat. He does not like to be touched or picked up and will no longer purr (used to purr instantly, at even the slightest touch). He runs everywhere he goes, and wants to be alone. His eyes changed from fully dilated to normal but glassy (non responsive). Today is a holiday so I have to wait until tomorrow to take him to the vet.

    He recently experienced some health issues and was in the vet clinic for 3 days. He was dehydrated and was experiencing kidney issues. He had ecoli in his urine and finished his antibiotic 3-4 days before this sudden physiological change.

    I am very worried, anything you can share would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hello Anne, from the signs that your cat is displaying he definitely seems to be in pain. Cat’s often become tense like this and stop eating. We understand it’s a holiday at the moment (we are UK based), but suggest getting to a vet as soon as they open. In the meantime try and tempt him with some food – if possible mashed or liquidised as its easier to digest and warmed as well – cats often prefer a nice smelling food and warming helps it. Keep him indoors if possible until you have more advice from your vet. Best wishes.

  132. My cat’s behavior and disposition changed suddenly yesterday afternoon.

    He has always been a very cuddly, responsive cat that loves attention. He is now extremely tense, constantly licking his front shoulders, legs, paws and chest area. He will not sleep or eat. He does not like to be touched or picked up and will no longer purr (used to purr instantly, at even the slightest touch). He runs everywhere he goes, and wants to be alone. His eyes changed from fully dilated to normal but glassy (non responsive). Today is a holiday so I have to wait until tomorrow to take him to the vet.

    He recently experienced some health issues and was in the vet clinic for 3 days. He was dehydrated and was experiencing kidney issues. He had ecoli in his urine and finished his antibiotic 3-4 days before this sudden physiological change.

    I am very worried, anything you can share would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hello Anne, from the signs that your cat is displaying he definitely seems to be in pain. Cat’s often become tense like this and stop eating. We understand it’s a holiday at the moment (we are UK based), but suggest getting to a vet as soon as they open. In the meantime try and tempt him with some food – if possible mashed or liquidised as its easier to digest and warmed as well – cats often prefer a nice smelling food and warming helps it. Keep him indoors if possible until you have more advice from your vet. Best wishes.

  133. hi my cat yowls as if he is in pain and then lies down, after a bit he gets up and plays with our kitten and acts like nothing is wrong; he is perfectly healthy but he is blind at birth and he is only 2 years old

  134. hi my cat yowls as if he is in pain and then lies down, after a bit he gets up and plays with our kitten and acts like nothing is wrong; he is perfectly healthy but he is blind at birth and he is only 2 years old

  135. My kitten has one eye closed but there is not puss or tearing at all, she is super quiet doesn’t like the light, is hiding in dark places away from any light, she still likes pats and comforting she purrs sometimes when we check on her but other times she flinches and moves away. Could she have something in her eye or could she has accidentally scratched her eye?

  136. My kitten has one eye closed but there is not puss or tearing at all, she is super quiet doesn’t like the light, is hiding in dark places away from any light, she still likes pats and comforting she purrs sometimes when we check on her but other times she flinches and moves away. Could she have something in her eye or could she has accidentally scratched her eye?

  137. Hi I have a 2 year old house female cat it’s just got out side and went under the carvan I got her her back in and now every time I go nearer her she trys bitting me scratching me and hissing at me she normally a very friendly cat and always wants cuddles now she’s just under the bed and won’t come out please could u help it’s scaring me now

    1. Hello Nicky, hopefully your cat has calmed down. If you are worried by her behaviour please call your local vet as she might have been injured on her adventure.

  138. Hi I have a 2 year old house female cat it’s just got out side and went under the carvan I got her her back in and now every time I go nearer her she trys bitting me scratching me and hissing at me she normally a very friendly cat and always wants cuddles now she’s just under the bed and won’t come out please could u help it’s scaring me now

    1. Hello Nicky, hopefully your cat has calmed down. If you are worried by her behaviour please call your local vet as she might have been injured on her adventure.

  139. My cat is 19 years old and has been on medication for a hyperactive thyroid for over a year. She went blind about five months ago, but it was not due to high blood pressure. They were not sure why. She has slowed down a great deal, but finds her food, litter box, and favorite sleeping spot every day. She has been breathing very heavily lately and really has a hard time walking straight. Her head lists to slightly to the side. I cannot tell whether or not she is in pain. How do I know when it is time to take her to the vet? I do not want her to suffer.

  140. My cat is 19 years old and has been on medication for a hyperactive thyroid for over a year. She went blind about five months ago, but it was not due to high blood pressure. They were not sure why. She has slowed down a great deal, but finds her food, litter box, and favorite sleeping spot every day. She has been breathing very heavily lately and really has a hard time walking straight. Her head lists to slightly to the side. I cannot tell whether or not she is in pain. How do I know when it is time to take her to the vet? I do not want her to suffer.

  141. Thank you in advance for the reply. We put her to sleep this am. There was nothing more they could do. She had a good life.

  142. Thank you in advance for the reply. We put her to sleep this am. There was nothing more they could do. She had a good life.

  143. Hello. My 2 year old male cat is howling like crazy as if in pain. I’m not sure if i should take him to the vet or what. He tends to be quiet unless he is hungry, thirsty, or wants attention. And well when he goes to the litter box he yowls and howls, even when just using #1. I tried petting him a few mintutes ago and he growled and hissed at me. Not sure what is wrong with him. Please help.

    1. Hi, hopefully he is back to himself – cats usually howl when in pain – having them do so when in a litter tray can be a sign of a blockage – a blocked bladder in a cat is a medical emergency. he rule of thumb if they are like this then contact a vet urgently.

  144. Hello. My 2 year old male cat is howling like crazy as if in pain. I’m not sure if i should take him to the vet or what. He tends to be quiet unless he is hungry, thirsty, or wants attention. And well when he goes to the litter box he yowls and howls, even when just using #1. I tried petting him a few mintutes ago and he growled and hissed at me. Not sure what is wrong with him. Please help.

    1. Hi, hopefully he is back to himself – cats usually howl when in pain – having them do so when in a litter tray can be a sign of a blockage – a blocked bladder in a cat is a medical emergency. he rule of thumb if they are like this then contact a vet urgently.

  145. Our cats been out of sorts for a few days. Not wanting to go out, reduced appetite, crying if you pick him up and sleeping. We think he had a fight with another cat as a couple of new ones hanging around. He’s got brighter each day and today is eating well and much brighter but holding paw up when he isn’t walking on it, licking his leg and limping when he walks. I’ve felt all round and can’t find anything obvious and it doesn’t seem painful to touch.
    Any suggestions no immediate vet access due to weekend. Would a sprain have improved by now?

  146. Our cats been out of sorts for a few days. Not wanting to go out, reduced appetite, crying if you pick him up and sleeping. We think he had a fight with another cat as a couple of new ones hanging around. He’s got brighter each day and today is eating well and much brighter but holding paw up when he isn’t walking on it, licking his leg and limping when he walks. I’ve felt all round and can’t find anything obvious and it doesn’t seem painful to touch.
    Any suggestions no immediate vet access due to weekend. Would a sprain have improved by now?

  147. I ‘ve noticed my cat is holding his left hind leg oddly. Other than that, he is normal, not aggressive nor are his eyes dilated, his appetite is normal as well as at his usual energy level with running, playing and jumping.

    I clean his paws whenever I can get a chance and have just brushed him but noticed no bites or scratches. Is it possible that he has an ingrown claw?

    I can pay for a vet visit but it will take a few days until my next pay day and he has always been shy and stressed out at strangers going near him so if he goes to the vet, I worry about him freaking out.

    1. Hi Bri, you know your cat best and if something seems awry, it’s likely that something is indeed causing your cat discomfort in that leg. There are a number of reasons that he might be holding that limb oddly, including the potential for an ingrowing claw. In order to understand what the problem is and to prevent it getting worse, it really is best that you take your cat to a vet ASAP.

  148. I ‘ve noticed my cat is holding his left hind leg oddly. Other than that, he is normal, not aggressive nor are his eyes dilated, his appetite is normal as well as at his usual energy level with running, playing and jumping.

    I clean his paws whenever I can get a chance and have just brushed him but noticed no bites or scratches. Is it possible that he has an ingrown claw?

    I can pay for a vet visit but it will take a few days until my next pay day and he has always been shy and stressed out at strangers going near him so if he goes to the vet, I worry about him freaking out.

    1. Hi Bri, you know your cat best and if something seems awry, it’s likely that something is indeed causing your cat discomfort in that leg. There are a number of reasons that he might be holding that limb oddly, including the potential for an ingrowing claw. In order to understand what the problem is and to prevent it getting worse, it really is best that you take your cat to a vet ASAP.

  149. Hello, My kitten has been acting unusual. At first it would play with its brother and play fight with him but lately it has been crying when it’s brother is trying to playfight with him. It eats a little amount of food and cries if you don’t pick it up but also cries when you do. It doesn’t run around as much, just hunches onto your lap.

    1. Hi Chelsea, it does seem unusual behaviour – if the kitty is still acting strange, it’s best to get them checked out at your vets.

  150. Hello, My kitten has been acting unusual. At first it would play with its brother and play fight with him but lately it has been crying when it’s brother is trying to playfight with him. It eats a little amount of food and cries if you don’t pick it up but also cries when you do. It doesn’t run around as much, just hunches onto your lap.

    1. Hi Chelsea, it does seem unusual behaviour – if the kitty is still acting strange, it’s best to get them checked out at your vets.

  151. Hi my cat, shes a little 6 month old kitten named Miss Kitty… I’ve had her for about 3 months now and she loves me and my family, shes playful, loves to be pet, social, cuddly, and amazing. This morning she came out of my room and laid down on the table when I went to the bathroom, I let her lay there and I went back to bed. I went to school and came home and she was still laying on the table, I didn’t move her because I just thought she was tired, I went and Did things (played videogames, watch tv, make dinner, and got ready for bed) then as usual, I got my other kitty to go to bed and I went to get her… I picked her up and she started meowing the second I touched her. And she was asleep. (I know you’re not supposed to wake sleeping animals but I had to shut my door and the litter box is in my room) anywhoo, I thought that was strange so I left her alone for a moment, I came back to get her and she was awake, when I went to pick her up again, the second I touched her, she meowed and hissed, which took me by surprise because she’s never hissed before. But I didn’t feel like it was a mean hiss or even directed towards me because she was letting me sit by her, just not touch her. But anyway. I finally got her on the floor by begging her to move withher favorite treats, she jumped down, gave a loud meow, hissed, laid down and shut her eyes. I came over and I picked her up. Which she finally let me do, I took her to my room and set her on the bed and started checking to see if she was okay. She didn’t have any wounds, but she wouldn’t let me touch her paws, any of them… I said okay and laidher down where she normally lays and I decided that I’d take her to the vet in a few days. (I know I’m a terrible person but I have school and then work right after school) but, she’s still shaking and hurt… Should I take her in and just not go into work one day? She did just get over something called horners syndrome or something like that, but I don’t think that has anything to do with it. Anyway. Please get back to me soon. Thanks. 🙂

    1. Hi, thank you for your question. It sounds as if your cat is displaying clear signs of being in pain or unwell. It would be unusual for most cats to remain in exactly the same position all day and you have said that she is usually lively and playful. In addition, meowing when you touch her could certainly be an indication of pain and hissing could be her way of guarding an area that is painful, especially if she’s usually a friendly girl. I recommend that you take her to see a vet as soon as possible. Thank you.

  152. Hi my cat, shes a little 6 month old kitten named Miss Kitty… I’ve had her for about 3 months now and she loves me and my family, shes playful, loves to be pet, social, cuddly, and amazing. This morning she came out of my room and laid down on the table when I went to the bathroom, I let her lay there and I went back to bed. I went to school and came home and she was still laying on the table, I didn’t move her because I just thought she was tired, I went and Did things (played videogames, watch tv, make dinner, and got ready for bed) then as usual, I got my other kitty to go to bed and I went to get her… I picked her up and she started meowing the second I touched her. And she was asleep. (I know you’re not supposed to wake sleeping animals but I had to shut my door and the litter box is in my room) anywhoo, I thought that was strange so I left her alone for a moment, I came back to get her and she was awake, when I went to pick her up again, the second I touched her, she meowed and hissed, which took me by surprise because she’s never hissed before. But I didn’t feel like it was a mean hiss or even directed towards me because she was letting me sit by her, just not touch her. But anyway. I finally got her on the floor by begging her to move withher favorite treats, she jumped down, gave a loud meow, hissed, laid down and shut her eyes. I came over and I picked her up. Which she finally let me do, I took her to my room and set her on the bed and started checking to see if she was okay. She didn’t have any wounds, but she wouldn’t let me touch her paws, any of them… I said okay and laidher down where she normally lays and I decided that I’d take her to the vet in a few days. (I know I’m a terrible person but I have school and then work right after school) but, she’s still shaking and hurt… Should I take her in and just not go into work one day? She did just get over something called horners syndrome or something like that, but I don’t think that has anything to do with it. Anyway. Please get back to me soon. Thanks. 🙂

    1. Hi, thank you for your question. It sounds as if your cat is displaying clear signs of being in pain or unwell. It would be unusual for most cats to remain in exactly the same position all day and you have said that she is usually lively and playful. In addition, meowing when you touch her could certainly be an indication of pain and hissing could be her way of guarding an area that is painful, especially if she’s usually a friendly girl. I recommend that you take her to see a vet as soon as possible. Thank you.

  153. Hi, my 7 month kitten who normally tears around the house playing with my other cat has now got a slight limp on his hind leg. I came home one day and noticed the limp and his tail was down all the time. He took himself to his bed and meowed when I touched his leg. I took him to the vets the next day who checked him and said they couldn’t find anything wrong and put him on metacam for 7 days. His tail came back up and seems OK but he still has a slight limp and can’t jump up on the sofa etc very easily. I took him back to the vet who insisted he hasn’t broken anything as there is no obvious pain when they examined him. Its been 3 weeks now and he is still having trouble jumping up and when he sits he sticks his hind leg out slightly. I have confined him now to one small room so he rests…he has been in the room for 4 days but there seems to be no improvement with his jumping. He is happy in himself but he’s not the same as as he was..Any ideas on what it might be? I feel like there’s something wrong but no one can help me.

    1. Hi Helen

      Thanks for getting in touch. The fact that your kitten responded positively to anti-inflammatory and pain relief suggests that there is something painful going on in that leg. There is a whole raft of reasons that he might be limping, a few of those include fractures of the bone, foreign bodies, muscle damage and dislocation of a joint. If the problem isn’t resolving it would be worth asking your vet what further diagnostics techniques can be used.

  154. Hi, my 7 month kitten who normally tears around the house playing with my other cat has now got a slight limp on his hind leg. I came home one day and noticed the limp and his tail was down all the time. He took himself to his bed and meowed when I touched his leg. I took him to the vets the next day who checked him and said they couldn’t find anything wrong and put him on metacam for 7 days. His tail came back up and seems OK but he still has a slight limp and can’t jump up on the sofa etc very easily. I took him back to the vet who insisted he hasn’t broken anything as there is no obvious pain when they examined him. Its been 3 weeks now and he is still having trouble jumping up and when he sits he sticks his hind leg out slightly. I have confined him now to one small room so he rests…he has been in the room for 4 days but there seems to be no improvement with his jumping. He is happy in himself but he’s not the same as as he was..Any ideas on what it might be? I feel like there’s something wrong but no one can help me.

    1. Hi Helen

      Thanks for getting in touch. The fact that your kitten responded positively to anti-inflammatory and pain relief suggests that there is something painful going on in that leg. There is a whole raft of reasons that he might be limping, a few of those include fractures of the bone, foreign bodies, muscle damage and dislocation of a joint. If the problem isn’t resolving it would be worth asking your vet what further diagnostics techniques can be used.

  155. My cat is 10. Usually loving and allows you to pick him up. Today. He suddenly hissed and lifted up his back leg. He didn’t walk properly and hissed when I tried to pick him up. I left him for a while and he was able to jump on and off the bed. 3 hours later the same happened. He lifted his leg up and hissed. Again wouldn’t let anyone pick him up. Help please

    1. Hi Lynn, with any cat that shows pain, such as yours – they need to see a vet. There could be numerous reasons why he is acting in this way, and needs an examination to find out why. Painkillers as well!

  156. My cat is 10. Usually loving and allows you to pick him up. Today. He suddenly hissed and lifted up his back leg. He didn’t walk properly and hissed when I tried to pick him up. I left him for a while and he was able to jump on and off the bed. 3 hours later the same happened. He lifted his leg up and hissed. Again wouldn’t let anyone pick him up. Help please

    1. Hi Lynn, with any cat that shows pain, such as yours – they need to see a vet. There could be numerous reasons why he is acting in this way, and needs an examination to find out why. Painkillers as well!

  157. My cat when you scratch her back she will start to lick. Then she started to meow and lick at the same time. She has started to pull fur out and has a bald spot above her thigh area and if you touch the area near her tail even lightly she will meow very loudly and start to lick the area as fast as she can. I try to not touch her there but sometime when she is sittingon my lap I will end up accidently touching her there and she meows loudly. Is this a sign something is seriously wrong. I am going to make a vet appoitment for her.

    1. Hi Betty, you are right to be taking your cat to your vet. There are a number of reasons that she might be doing this including an allergy, perhaps a spillage of something irritant onto her skin or even pain in that region. Pets will sometimes ‘self-traumatise an area of pain. I recommend you take her to be checked out by a vet. Thank you for your post.

  158. My cat when you scratch her back she will start to lick. Then she started to meow and lick at the same time. She has started to pull fur out and has a bald spot above her thigh area and if you touch the area near her tail even lightly she will meow very loudly and start to lick the area as fast as she can. I try to not touch her there but sometime when she is sittingon my lap I will end up accidently touching her there and she meows loudly. Is this a sign something is seriously wrong. I am going to make a vet appoitment for her.

    1. Hi Betty, you are right to be taking your cat to your vet. There are a number of reasons that she might be doing this including an allergy, perhaps a spillage of something irritant onto her skin or even pain in that region. Pets will sometimes ‘self-traumatise an area of pain. I recommend you take her to be checked out by a vet. Thank you for your post.

  159. Hi my cat is 2 and he has recently started eating less. He generally eats the exact same food and flavour every day, and has started turning his nose up at it- he may be sick of the flavour or is eating elsewhere, but when we try new flavours he will try them for a few mins and then leave the rest. He usually has a good appetite. He has also started ‘screaming’ when I pick him up around his rib area, usually he is fine with being picked up. He did this a few months ago and then was back to normal after a while however, so I’m not sure if he will just be fine again in a few weeks? I hope you can help

    1. Hi Carly, thanks for getting in touch. You know your cat best and you’ve picked up on the fact that something isn’t quite right. Screaming when handled isn’t necessarily normal, especially if he usually doesn’t mind. It certainly can be an indication of pain and coupled with this change in eating habits, I’d suggest that examination by your vet is a good idea. Even if these symptoms went away a few months ago, they are back suggesting that something isn’t resolved. Best wishes

  160. Hi my cat is 2 and he has recently started eating less. He generally eats the exact same food and flavour every day, and has started turning his nose up at it- he may be sick of the flavour or is eating elsewhere, but when we try new flavours he will try them for a few mins and then leave the rest. He usually has a good appetite. He has also started ‘screaming’ when I pick him up around his rib area, usually he is fine with being picked up. He did this a few months ago and then was back to normal after a while however, so I’m not sure if he will just be fine again in a few weeks? I hope you can help

    1. Hi Carly, thanks for getting in touch. You know your cat best and you’ve picked up on the fact that something isn’t quite right. Screaming when handled isn’t necessarily normal, especially if he usually doesn’t mind. It certainly can be an indication of pain and coupled with this change in eating habits, I’d suggest that examination by your vet is a good idea. Even if these symptoms went away a few months ago, they are back suggesting that something isn’t resolved. Best wishes

  161. Hi there
    My cat was grabbed by what the vet thought was a dog by the puncture wounds back in November. They gave him an xray and said their maybe a tiny fracture on the tip of his pointy bit of spine but you could hardly tell on the xray. Other than that just the wounds. Then in dec he got into a cat fight and had a couple of puncture wounds that became abscesses which got quite nasty and have now gone. So because of the second attack he has been wearing a collar to stop licking. Now this has come off I have noticed since the dog bite he can no longer spring jump. He used to be a nightmare jumping on the kitchen sides etc. Now going up the stairs he is slow and he has to claw his way up on the bed.
    He is a 8 year old Siamese so not that old and its happened over a matter of two months.
    What could cause the inability to jump if not any broken bones?
    My partner seems to think it could take him months to return to normal after being shaken by the dog.
    Any thoughts would be much appreciated
    Many thanks
    Charlotte

    1. Hi Charlotte, you know your cat best and if something seems awry, then it probably is. Being shaken by a dog can cause all sorts of damage, some irreversible, some that might heal in time, it is very individual to each patient. There are a range of potential causes for him jumping less, including broken bones, bruised muscles etc however it would probably be worth taking him for a check up now that some time has passed since the last incident. Explain to the vet what your concerns are as they have all the details on his medical history and can help you get to the bottom of it. Best wishes

  162. Hi there
    My cat was grabbed by what the vet thought was a dog by the puncture wounds back in November. They gave him an xray and said their maybe a tiny fracture on the tip of his pointy bit of spine but you could hardly tell on the xray. Other than that just the wounds. Then in dec he got into a cat fight and had a couple of puncture wounds that became abscesses which got quite nasty and have now gone. So because of the second attack he has been wearing a collar to stop licking. Now this has come off I have noticed since the dog bite he can no longer spring jump. He used to be a nightmare jumping on the kitchen sides etc. Now going up the stairs he is slow and he has to claw his way up on the bed.
    He is a 8 year old Siamese so not that old and its happened over a matter of two months.
    What could cause the inability to jump if not any broken bones?
    My partner seems to think it could take him months to return to normal after being shaken by the dog.
    Any thoughts would be much appreciated
    Many thanks
    Charlotte

    1. Hi Charlotte, you know your cat best and if something seems awry, then it probably is. Being shaken by a dog can cause all sorts of damage, some irreversible, some that might heal in time, it is very individual to each patient. There are a range of potential causes for him jumping less, including broken bones, bruised muscles etc however it would probably be worth taking him for a check up now that some time has passed since the last incident. Explain to the vet what your concerns are as they have all the details on his medical history and can help you get to the bottom of it. Best wishes

  163. Hello
    My cat is turning 12 this year and this year she has had two random moments in the same week where she meows loudly as like calling for me and looks as if she loses feeling in her legs and rolls on her back and this while still meowing, but then she just back up and is normal and then does it again then back to normal.

    1. Hi Romane, it would be worth taking your cat to her vet and having her examined. This is odd behaviour suggesting that something is going on that should be discussed and investigated. Best wishes

  164. Hello
    My cat is turning 12 this year and this year she has had two random moments in the same week where she meows loudly as like calling for me and looks as if she loses feeling in her legs and rolls on her back and this while still meowing, but then she just back up and is normal and then does it again then back to normal.

    1. Hi Romane, it would be worth taking your cat to her vet and having her examined. This is odd behaviour suggesting that something is going on that should be discussed and investigated. Best wishes

  165. Hi. My 7 week old kitten is a new addition to the family. I adopted he 2 days ago from the shelter. She was very playful and loving, running, jumping etc. Yesterday she played on the couch pouncing over pillows after the fishing rod toy. We went to bed thereafter where she sleeps with me in bed. She slept the entire night on the pillow next to me. Since this morning she just wants to lie down or sit. She walks to her food slowly but not really limping. She uses her litter box and is eating. She meows when I pick her up and she seems sensitive to touch on both her front wrist joint areas and the one back leg. She hasnt been washing herslef today. Again not limping, just walking slowly and wanting to sleep all the time. I think she either sprained some ligaments or overused the muscles and that is why she is sore today as she didn’t hurt herself last night.? I am taking her to the vet in the morning. … they will probably give anti inflammatories and pain meds… ? Just wondering why this happened
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Chantelle, I’m pleased you’re taking her to the vet as it isn’t easy to advise you on this over the internet. She is a little young to be away from her mum (perhaps she’s hand-reared) so a really good examination is the best thing. Good luck and best wishes.

  166. Hi. My 7 week old kitten is a new addition to the family. I adopted he 2 days ago from the shelter. She was very playful and loving, running, jumping etc. Yesterday she played on the couch pouncing over pillows after the fishing rod toy. We went to bed thereafter where she sleeps with me in bed. She slept the entire night on the pillow next to me. Since this morning she just wants to lie down or sit. She walks to her food slowly but not really limping. She uses her litter box and is eating. She meows when I pick her up and she seems sensitive to touch on both her front wrist joint areas and the one back leg. She hasnt been washing herslef today. Again not limping, just walking slowly and wanting to sleep all the time. I think she either sprained some ligaments or overused the muscles and that is why she is sore today as she didn’t hurt herself last night.? I am taking her to the vet in the morning. … they will probably give anti inflammatories and pain meds… ? Just wondering why this happened
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Chantelle, I’m pleased you’re taking her to the vet as it isn’t easy to advise you on this over the internet. She is a little young to be away from her mum (perhaps she’s hand-reared) so a really good examination is the best thing. Good luck and best wishes.

  167. Hi,

    We have a 3-4 months old cat, she meows all the time and keeps on rolling and belly up, she haven’t pooped for 2 days now, we feed her wet food and she does pee from time to time. She eats but not the entire food we serve unlike before. What could be the caused of this. Thanks!

    1. Hi Ian, these changes in her behaviour indicate a problem. She sounds as if she’s constipated and possibly in pain, of course there are a number of potential causes for these symptoms. Two days is a long time not to pass faeces so please have a seen by a vet ASAP. Best of luck.

  168. Hi,

    We have a 3-4 months old cat, she meows all the time and keeps on rolling and belly up, she haven’t pooped for 2 days now, we feed her wet food and she does pee from time to time. She eats but not the entire food we serve unlike before. What could be the caused of this. Thanks!

    1. Hi Ian, these changes in her behaviour indicate a problem. She sounds as if she’s constipated and possibly in pain, of course there are a number of potential causes for these symptoms. Two days is a long time not to pass faeces so please have a seen by a vet ASAP. Best of luck.

  169. Im not sure how to explain it but my cat meows like he is hurt sometimes when I try getting him to move he has been licking his genital area a lot, yes he does that sometimes, but not as much as he has been doing in the past few days.when he sits he has his feet a little bit off the ground basically like squatting you know he usually comes when I hold my hand out and call for him but when I do that now he just sits there and stares if he wants to fully sit he basically just lays down do you know what could be the problem?

    1. Hi, it sounds as if your cat needs to be checked by a vet. He could be in pain for many reasons however I’m wondering if he is struggling to urinate? A cat unable to urinate is a medical emergency so I’d take him to the vet ASAP to have him examined. Best wishes.

  170. Im not sure how to explain it but my cat meows like he is hurt sometimes when I try getting him to move he has been licking his genital area a lot, yes he does that sometimes, but not as much as he has been doing in the past few days.when he sits he has his feet a little bit off the ground basically like squatting you know he usually comes when I hold my hand out and call for him but when I do that now he just sits there and stares if he wants to fully sit he basically just lays down do you know what could be the problem?

    1. Hi, it sounds as if your cat needs to be checked by a vet. He could be in pain for many reasons however I’m wondering if he is struggling to urinate? A cat unable to urinate is a medical emergency so I’d take him to the vet ASAP to have him examined. Best wishes.

    1. Hi Hellene, any number of things to be honest. Do you feel your cat is in pain? Are they well in every other sense? Eating, drinking, exercising, toileting? Is it the onset of Feline Cognitive Dysfunction syndrome (dementia)? It’s hard to say, however, you know your cat best and if something has changed, it would be worth having them examined by your vet. Best wishes.

    1. Hi Hellene, any number of things to be honest. Do you feel your cat is in pain? Are they well in every other sense? Eating, drinking, exercising, toileting? Is it the onset of Feline Cognitive Dysfunction syndrome (dementia)? It’s hard to say, however, you know your cat best and if something has changed, it would be worth having them examined by your vet. Best wishes.

  171. My cat is keeping one eye closed, and keeps on meowing as if she’s in pain, and she keeps her body quite low to the ground when she walks, and she keeps on walking slower than usual. she doesn’t look like how she usually does, she looks more sad for some reason and is really sleepy. I don’t have any idea on what i should do, because it only started today, and I’m not sure if I should wait till tomorrow to see if she’s still acting the same so I could take her to the vet, I have no clue.

    1. Dena, we highly recommend that you take your cat to the vet ASAP. Eye problems, pain and lethargy are all reasons to have her examined by a vet ASAP. Best wishes.

  172. My cat is keeping one eye closed, and keeps on meowing as if she’s in pain, and she keeps her body quite low to the ground when she walks, and she keeps on walking slower than usual. she doesn’t look like how she usually does, she looks more sad for some reason and is really sleepy. I don’t have any idea on what i should do, because it only started today, and I’m not sure if I should wait till tomorrow to see if she’s still acting the same so I could take her to the vet, I have no clue.

    1. Dena, we highly recommend that you take your cat to the vet ASAP. Eye problems, pain and lethargy are all reasons to have her examined by a vet ASAP. Best wishes.

  173. My cat seems perfectly normal, runs, jumps, plays, all happy and everything. But if I so much as touch her left thigh muscle, her tails starts to twitch and she’ll hiss at me. She doesn’t show any other thing at all. She jumps without batting an eye, plays with the other cat. Sometimes it’s the base of her tail as well. Are these just sensitive areas and she’s angry if I touch them, and it’s normal, or should I get her checked out?

    1. Hi Alicia, because she still runs and jumps and plays, we can see that it might be a little confusing. However, she is displaying clear signs of discomfort and therefore it would be sensible to have her examined. Who knows, it could be something very simple and easy to fix and you could enjoy stroking your cat without fear for your fingers once again. It could of course be something more complicated as cats in general are quite good at hiding pain but either way we would urge you to have her examined. Best of luck!

  174. My cat seems perfectly normal, runs, jumps, plays, all happy and everything. But if I so much as touch her left thigh muscle, her tails starts to twitch and she’ll hiss at me. She doesn’t show any other thing at all. She jumps without batting an eye, plays with the other cat. Sometimes it’s the base of her tail as well. Are these just sensitive areas and she’s angry if I touch them, and it’s normal, or should I get her checked out?

    1. Hi Alicia, because she still runs and jumps and plays, we can see that it might be a little confusing. However, she is displaying clear signs of discomfort and therefore it would be sensible to have her examined. Who knows, it could be something very simple and easy to fix and you could enjoy stroking your cat without fear for your fingers once again. It could of course be something more complicated as cats in general are quite good at hiding pain but either way we would urge you to have her examined. Best of luck!

  175. I have a 16 year old girl who just this weekend began to cry out when attempting to jump on the sofa. An everyday habit for her. When I pick her up to help her, she just cries out horribly. Otherwise she walks fine, has a great appetite, but does consume quite a bit of water. As I have 4 cats that share boxes, I am not positive of her habits but I have seen her go to the box with usual regularity. I intend to get her to the vet tomorrow, but wonder if this constitutes as a EVC trip. Anything you can add is appreciated.

  176. I have a 16 year old girl who just this weekend began to cry out when attempting to jump on the sofa. An everyday habit for her. When I pick her up to help her, she just cries out horribly. Otherwise she walks fine, has a great appetite, but does consume quite a bit of water. As I have 4 cats that share boxes, I am not positive of her habits but I have seen her go to the box with usual regularity. I intend to get her to the vet tomorrow, but wonder if this constitutes as a EVC trip. Anything you can add is appreciated.

  177. My cat is diagnosed with tumor and he is having difficulties walking and he has lost the majority of muscles HE is eating well drinking.well sleeping well and he is not.crying. He is 18 years old and he is like our kid we feel very sory to put him down when in fact he is eating still we are wondering if he is in pain .What do you think ?we do know he is in the end of his life but we do not have a heart to put him down

    1. HI Jeni, pain in cats is often tricky to determine let alone in an older cat with this disease. I would advise that you work closely with your vet to monitor him and stay in touch on a regular basis. The fact that he’s eating well is a good sign. Sleeping excessively can be a sign of discomfort as can being quiet and withdrawn. However he is an older cat and likely to be slowing down a little anyway. You can see why pain is tricky to assess. If he’s having difficulty walking that would suggest he’s in some degree of discomfort. Please remember that having him put to sleep is sometimes the kindest option and though it is a hard decision to make it is sometimes the best. We wish you the best.

  178. My cat is diagnosed with tumor and he is having difficulties walking and he has lost the majority of muscles HE is eating well drinking.well sleeping well and he is not.crying. He is 18 years old and he is like our kid we feel very sory to put him down when in fact he is eating still we are wondering if he is in pain .What do you think ?we do know he is in the end of his life but we do not have a heart to put him down

    1. HI Jeni, pain in cats is often tricky to determine let alone in an older cat with this disease. I would advise that you work closely with your vet to monitor him and stay in touch on a regular basis. The fact that he’s eating well is a good sign. Sleeping excessively can be a sign of discomfort as can being quiet and withdrawn. However he is an older cat and likely to be slowing down a little anyway. You can see why pain is tricky to assess. If he’s having difficulty walking that would suggest he’s in some degree of discomfort. Please remember that having him put to sleep is sometimes the kindest option and though it is a hard decision to make it is sometimes the best. We wish you the best.

  179. Hello,
    I’ve noticed that my cat isn’t eating as quick as she used to. She’s 10 months old and usually scoffs her dinner up within minutes but just recently she’s having a little and leaving it. By the time I feed her in the evening, she has eaten it but it just doesn’t seem like her to leave it that long.
    She still plays, she seems okay. But I just heard her making a weird cry like meow, I don’t know if this is an attention thing or if she’s trying to maybe tell me something.

    1. Hi Jarad, changes to eating habits and vocalising can be as a result of a number of things and pain could be one of them. You know your cat best and you’ve obviously picked up on something that is out of the ordinary. I would recommend having her examined by your vet to rule out any medical reason for these changes. It could be something that is very easily treated, you never know. Best wishes

  180. Hello,
    I’ve noticed that my cat isn’t eating as quick as she used to. She’s 10 months old and usually scoffs her dinner up within minutes but just recently she’s having a little and leaving it. By the time I feed her in the evening, she has eaten it but it just doesn’t seem like her to leave it that long.
    She still plays, she seems okay. But I just heard her making a weird cry like meow, I don’t know if this is an attention thing or if she’s trying to maybe tell me something.

    1. Hi Jarad, changes to eating habits and vocalising can be as a result of a number of things and pain could be one of them. You know your cat best and you’ve obviously picked up on something that is out of the ordinary. I would recommend having her examined by your vet to rule out any medical reason for these changes. It could be something that is very easily treated, you never know. Best wishes

  181. Hi. My male kitty has had a few urinary tract infections. I can usually tell by him peeing small amounts other than in the litter box. Tonight, he is meowing out every once in a while like he is in pain. I have not seen any cat pee anywhere like usual. I usual give him belladonna pellets and powdered cranberry and it works every time. I have other cats so I can’t tell if he’s using the litter box or not. Can they have the same infection without the usual signs of urine on the floor?

    1. Hi Claire, if your cat is appearing to need to urinate but not actually doing so then this is potentially a medical emergency. There is the potential that his urethra has become ‘blocked’ which can be life-threatening. If it is ‘his infection’ again only worse then he’ll need examining too so please take him to your vet ASAP. Best wishes

  182. Hi. My male kitty has had a few urinary tract infections. I can usually tell by him peeing small amounts other than in the litter box. Tonight, he is meowing out every once in a while like he is in pain. I have not seen any cat pee anywhere like usual. I usual give him belladonna pellets and powdered cranberry and it works every time. I have other cats so I can’t tell if he’s using the litter box or not. Can they have the same infection without the usual signs of urine on the floor?

    1. Hi Claire, if your cat is appearing to need to urinate but not actually doing so then this is potentially a medical emergency. There is the potential that his urethra has become ‘blocked’ which can be life-threatening. If it is ‘his infection’ again only worse then he’ll need examining too so please take him to your vet ASAP. Best wishes

  183. my cat is acting different. he cries even when you move him or pick him up.
    he sleeps near the window every night witch he never does.
    he lays down a lot. he eats he drinks water a lot. if I hold him he stares at the window and stick his claws out to get near the window.
    I am worried about him. my family say he is ok. but I know something is wrong with my cat. I have flea him 2 times. what should I do. I am very worried.

    1. Hello Marsha, your cat needs to see a vet as soon as you can. This behaviour is out of the ordinary and because he is drinking a lot and seems in pain, a veterinary surgeon appointment is very important. Please make an appointment urgently. Best wishes, Dave RVN at Vet Help Direct.

  184. My cat Owen is 3 years old . He had some problems with his bladder a little over a year ago .. He’s been pretty normal expect every time I touch his back legs he meows .. It’s not really a sad meow but it’s more of don’t touch that meow .. He doesn’t limp he walks and jumps fine . He’s been like this for a while but I started to notice it was his back leg when he got a hair cut . Before I got the hair cut I just thought it was when I touched his butt . But now he doesn’t have so much hair it’s actually his leg .. I looked I don’t see any cuts or anything visible .. Should I take him in ? Or does he just not like his back legs touched ?

    1. Hi Kelsey, I could be that he has an aversion to his back legs being touched, however he could also be in discomfort too. Cats are very stoic when it comes to pain, so it would be best to get him checked. It’s your peace of mind as well. Best of luck, Dave RVN @ Vet Help Direct.

  185. Hello my name is Nia. My cat Ashley has not been seen for 5 days. But this morning I found her in her house. Now it’s summer and she never goes in her house. I was reading the answers to why ur cat might be sick . And I was wondering if this might be happening to Ashley or if she is hurt. Her eyes where slightly open and she’s being very skidish and she trying to hide from me. Do u know what might be wrong?

    1. Hello Nia, it sounds very much as if your cat has been scared by something while away. As she is acting out of character, and she might have been injured (but hiding it, as cats tend to) we strongly suggest speaking to your vet and getting her checked over.

  186. my four and a half-month-old kitten is crying. She does not want us to pet her. She might having pain in her lower back near tail or under her neck. Please suggest me something.

    1. Hello. There could be a number of reasons your kitten is displaying these symptoms, so you’ll need to take her along to your vets ASAP for a check-up. They will be able to do a full clinical exam on her, find out what’s causing her to behave in this way, and start her on the most appropriate treatment.

  187. My 13 year old cat has been growing a huge apetite. For example, we’ll feed her a whole pouch of wet food and then she’ll cry for more. We’ve also been noticing shes been getting pretty thin. Could it be that she has worms?

    1. These symptoms can be common with a few different conditions Antony, so we’d recommend popping her along to your vet for a check-up. They’ll be able to do a full clinical exam and establish the cause of her hunger and weight loss, and get her onto the necessary treatment if required – which will hopefully make her feel much better and not so hungry all the time.

  188. My 14 yr tomcat hit his paw on the side of the table and fell to the floor crying in pain. I petted him heavy, in seconds, he stopped. He ran around, no limping, and jumped to his feeding tray without a problem. Ate whole can of wet food. Slept and seems to be alright. This happened before. Is it a sign of mini stroke or injury?

    1. It’s hard to say what could have caused this, it’s possible that he simply injured himself by knocking his paw, but with rest he’s improved. If this has happened before or he doesn’t seem well in himself, we’d recommend taking him along to your vets for a check-up.

  189. My cat Cinnamon just coughed up a huge furball. She’s 2 and never coughs them up- she only ever has once before – which the vet said once is probably normal for her. Ever since she threw up and coughed up this huge one today, she’s been hiding behind the couch and whenever I reach out to her she growls or groans. She’s a Bengal and gets pretty angry easily so I stop trying to touch her and she stops growling. Is it possible that she’s just feeling sick from passing one or it hurt her on its way up? Her pupils are fine etc, she just seems angry and wants to be alone.

    1. Hi Felicity, it could be that bringing up the furball has made her feel unwell – it certainly won’t have been pleasant for her after all. If she continues to hide, and seems unwell in herself, or doesn’t want to eat or drink, we’d recommend giving your vet a call for further advice and to see if they think she needs a check-up. It may just be that the whole situation has caused her some stress, and a cat’s natural reaction to stressful situations is to hide.

  190. My cat accidentally put her paw under my chair then she yelled now she runs around and plays with me but when she normally walks she lifts it up!!! So sad ???

    1. Hi Ryan. If she’s lifting her paw up, we’d recommend popping her along to your vet for a check-up just to check no damage has been done.

  191. Hi, my cat is over 10 years old, I am unsure of her real age. She does not like to lay on her right side and get very violent, growling at me and hissing, even trying to claw me (though she doesn’t). I have monitored her jumping and everything seems to be fine, she can get on the bed fine and she does not limp at all. But when I examined her right hind leg, it seemed to bother her when I touched a certain spot. Is this worth a visit to the vet for? Or is she just touchy in that particular area of her body? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jennifer. Cats can be very good at hiding discomfort, so it can be hard to spot when there’s a problem. I’d recommend popping her along to your vet for a check-up just to find out what’s wrong and if she requires any treatment. Your vet will be able to do a thorough clinical exam and any further tests as necessary to get to the bottom of what’s causing her to behave in this way.

  192. Hi. My cat Blue seems to be very much in pain in his stomach and hisses whenever you rub his belly or even slightly touch it. He’s also been hiding a lot and he usually doesn’t hide at all, as well he’s quite restless and looks very much tired. We have another cat who’s been fighting/playing with him. I’m worried it may be serious. Thanks.

    1. Hi Ryley. We’re sorry to hear about Blue – we’d recommend taking him to see your vet ASAP for a full check-up so that they’re able to find out what’s causing his discomfort and treat him appropriately. Hope he feels much better soon.

  193. Hi. My little buddy Toby went to the vet and was given the ok and just needed to lose weight (He’s just a big cat). The reason we took him to the vet was because he was have trouble jumping up to get a drink from the sink. Vet said he was healthy but when he pinched a spot on Toby’s spine he hissed. Toby never hisses so he was in pain. The vet gave him no medicine and this is week three after the visit. Today after coming up the steps from the basement where his litter box is, he lied down as if if right leg gave out. He’d been limping on his right hind leg. He’s an indoor cat and is now just laying down on a cushioned ottoman in our living room to be with us. He won’t lie down on the couch with me anymore and is so thankful when we sit down on the floor and pet him. His spirits are in good order and he wants attention I think he’s just avoiding using his back leg. No visible injuries from what I saw but I’m getting so scared with what I’m reading. I’ve had this cat since I was in grammar school and he’s my little buddy. Please help me help him. I can’t lose my best friend.

    1. Hi Katie. I can appreciate why you’re so worried – pets are part of the family, and we hate to think of them suffering in any way. From what you’ve described, it sounds as though he could be suffering from something like arthritis (difficulty jumping up onto things, weakness in the hindlimbs). I’d recommend giving your vet a call to give them an update on his condition since he was seen, and see what they recommend – if they suspect something like arthritis, there’s plenty of things that can be done to help, so try not to worry. Your vet may want to see him again, and may put him on some pain relief to help ease any discomfort. If arthritis is suspected, joint supplements can really help – you can get these specifically for cats, containing glucosamine and chondroitin, and they can make a real difference. You can start supplementing these on a daily basis, and it can take 4-6 weeks before you see an obvious difference, as it needs to build up in the system, so stick with it. If he’s a bigger, older cat anyway, you may want to try this as it will certainly help his joints as he gets older. You can also try a few simple things around the home – maybe some steps/ramps to help him get up onto chairs etc, comfy beds in warm areas of the house (out of draughts), raising food bowls so he’s not having to bend down so far – these will all help. First point of call would be to have another chat to your vet, and then hopefully also start to implement some of these other ideas, and hopefully your lovely boy will start to feel much better soon.

  194. My cat is 13. She seems happy. She purrs most of the time. Latrell she has lost weight and lost hair on her back legs. She screams out when you pick her up or just move her yet she still purrs. We took it as maybe she just was being a cat and wanted what she wanted. I’m more worried now that I have seen weight loss and hair loss. Is she in pain or arthritis causing this?

    1. Hi Jeanie. I can appreciate why you’re worried. Cats don’t always purr when they’re content, and can sometimes purr when they’re in pain too. It may be that she’s suffering from something like arthritis, or something else, so we’d recommend that you pop along to your vet as soon as you’re able to just to get her checked out and on any treatment if she needs it. I hope she feels much better soon.

  195. I’ve been feeding a stray cat for a couple months, and today his behavior was very different. when i came home, he was sitting on my porch, meowing. i assumed this was because he was hungry. i have two other cats, and i feed the stray the same brand and type my pets use, so i know it is safe. i fed him the last of it, but he appeared to still be hungry, so i grabbed a different brand/flavor. he ate it very quickly and he seemed fine, but about 10 minutes later i heard him “howling”. i went outside to find him hissing/howling (kind of sounding like a crying baby) he was had an arched back and was looking at the side of my house. i went over, but he did not move away. the cat is not fond of physical contact or me getting to close so i usually leave out food and see him eat through a window. when i touched/ stroked him, he did not seem affected. he was also shaking. is it because of different food, or do you think that he just saw something? do you think he could have just been shaking from the cold(it is in the 30s)?

    1. Hi Madison. It’s difficult to say whether the stray cat was showing signs of pain or if indeed he was reacting to something he’d seen, as his behaviour can fit with both – certainly if he had been staring at a certain side of your house, it could be that he’d seen another cat that he felt was a threat to his food. I’d monitor him as well as you can, continue feeding him and see if he’s still keen to eat. He may be more hungry because of the colder weather as he’ll be needing to burn more calories to stay warm. It may be worth considering, if you’re able, giving him some warm shelter near your house (even something as simple as a box with a bed in it) – but obviously not so that this upsets your cats at all. If he still seems to be behaving strangely, I’ recommend contacting your local RSPCA or Cats Protection branch, as they’d be able to come and collect him and take him to a vet for an examination. I hope he seems much happier in himself soon.

    1. Hello, it’s difficult to tell what could be wrong with her, but as kittens can go downhill so quickly, I’d recommend making an appointment with your vet for a check up ASAP. I really hope she’s much better soon.

  196. My male neutered cat luna is just pver a year an a half. He has always been a shy cat and not a people person but normally he will hide in my room, but lately he will walk around the living room and meow as loud as he can and when i go to pet him or see ehats wrong he will run away and wont let me touch him. And for the past 2 days ive had my younger cpusin over for 2 nights sleeping over and he has hissed and clawed him both nights. To top it off im 8 months pregnant and scared about when baby arrives or family come down to stay. I dont want him to leave and it makes me cry everytime i think about doing it but if he keeps this up ill have tp get rid of him. I am just wondering if thia sounds like it could be something wrong. I am going to the vet as soon as possible but looking for ptgers opinions. I am only looking for help not for people to badger me about abandoning him or being an aweful pet parent. Just looking for a solution please.

    1. Hi Shelby, it is a very difficult situation – and we don’t think for one second you are a awful pet parent, you simply want what is best for Luna and your family. Having a vet check him over is always the first step, there may be something causing him to act this way, and an examination might show it up. Alternatively there are natural calming products on the market such as Feliway and Pet Remedy, again it’s worth speaking to your vet about. If he still shows signs of being unhappy, is there any family member that can take him on, before the baby is born? We wish you all the best with Luna and your new baby, please let us know how it works out. Dave RVN VetHelpDirect

    1. Hi Cynthia. We’re unable to provide a diagnosis I’m afraid as your cat will need a thorough examination by your vet to find out exactly what is causing the pain – there could be a number of things. She sounds like she’s in a lot of discomfort, so I’d recommend a check with your vet ASAP.

  197. My 2 months old kitten wouldn’t open his mouth all of a sudden one day and keeps drooling. He looks tensed and his postures are a lot different from what he used to be like. He won’t eat or drink too. And we can’t open his mouth also. Please help. There are no vets around here.

    1. Hi Yoshi. I’m so sorry to hear about your kitten. He sounds as though he has a serious problem with his mouth or potentially his muscles in general and needs to be seen by a vet urgently. You will need to see where the closest vet is to you and get him in to be checked over ASAP – this really is an emergency.

  198. Hi, My 13 year old cat has recently started “grumbling” when he moves position when sleeping. Could this be a sign he is in pain? He has never done this before and otherwise seems fine. He is very timid and stresses out so much when we take him to the vet that I thought I would ask here first. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks

    1. Hi Jennie. It could be although without knowing his history it’s difficult to say. Particularly at his age, he could be suffering from something like arthritis which could cause some discomfort – but if it was something like this, there would be plenty of ways in which your vet could help him feel more comfortable. I’d recommend a check-up with your vet just to establish what’s wrong, as there could a number of causes. If your cat gets very stressed with a trip to the vets, it may be worth having a chat to them about your concerns and see if they are able to visit you at home?

  199. Hi my ? face on the right is swollen and on the same side her eye pupel is bigger than the left side. We took her to the vet about a week ago and they thought it was just her tooth so they gave her an injection that cost £80 and they gave us some cream to put into her eye each day. Now I have not got no money until a week’s time will they charge me more money at the vets I just don’t know what to do I don’t want to leave her just in case she’s in pain. Do you know what the pain could be. And recommend what to do next. Thank you

    1. Hi David. I can appreciate why you’re so worried and that your concern is making sure your cat is comfortable. It’s difficult to say what the problem could be, but if you’re worried I’d recommend calling your vets and explaining your concerns, and see if they’re able to discuss the situation in more detail with you, or arrange some sort of payment plan if they feel she needs to be seen again. The main thing is to get their advice on her and what they feel the best next steps are, as it’s important that she’s not in any pain.

  200. My 15 yr old indoor tomcat has bad case of fleas. I applied flea treatment on him yesterday been 12 hrs. The fleas are jumping off of him madly. At times he cries in pain but calms down when I pet him. He picked up his appetite today, drinks water , does stool and urinates. I vacumned and mopped hopefully this works. Is it usual for a feline to cry in pain over fleas? The crying started without flea treatment and when fleas got bad. Thank you.

    1. Hi Dotty. Fleas can cause an animal a huge amount of discomfort, so it could be the reason he seemed distressed. I’d recommend treating your house for fleas too, as they are likely to be in the environment – so pick up a household flea spray and use according to instructions – you may need to keep your cat out of treated rooms while the spray dries. It’s also a good idea to wash all of his bedding on a really hot wash, and to also treat him for worms as with such a heavy flea infestation, it’s likely he’ll have worms too (fleas are a host for tapeworm). If he still seems to be in discomfort, I’d recommend taking him to your vet for a check-up just to make sure there’s nothing else going on and your vet will be able to advise you if any other treatment is necessary.

  201. Hello, I know I am supposed to recommend them for a vet, for the owners to take a cat to the vet. But could you or..someone give a few possible reasons on why and what is wrong with my cousin’s cat? Anyway, here is what I’ve been told. She isn’t older than me, but she’s around 10 years old and good with animals. But… (Okay ill get to the point.) This is what I think, I think her hind legs are in pain due to for her first time giving birth a litter of kittens. But this cat isn’t even a year old, but she’s old enough anyway? But, she was new to kittens and they past away. Nor do her owners knew where the kittens were. But, they do want kittens so I guess there’s no need for claiming or insulting at me or the owners…
    I would barely even touch a finger and her lower body flinches easily.
    I also took notice her meow isn’t even audible. It’s just constant trilling. No meow. Just trill. I’ve asked my cousin on how long was this, and she told me since yesterday. She thought it was normal, like happy cats would do. But she’s doing it a lot more often.
    Constant licking towards her…. uh….’ area’.
    Anyway, thanks for reading! (I hope.)

    1. Hello, it sounds like the cat is in discomfort or distress – a purr-like noise can also indicate stress or discomfort, and she shouldn’t be this sensitive when she’s touched. If she’s only recently had kittens, it could be a problem relating to this. I’d recommend your cousin takes her to the vet as soon as possible for a checkup – she urgently needs veterinary care.

  202. my cat lies on his back flat out crying he would not let me tough the top or bottom of his stomach and he did diariah could it be something he ate

    1. Hello, it’s difficult to say what could be wrong with your cat as there are many possible causes for this kind of behaviour. If your cat appears to be in pain, I’d recommend taking him along to your vet for a check-up ASAP.

  203. Hi, my cat constantly meows and whenever I pet her lower back area near the tail she kicks with her hind feet. She’s done this before and I thought it was just because she’s in heat but this is now the third time she’s acting this way. I’m not sure if I should take her to the vet because she’s eating well and using the litter so im not so sure if she really is in pain.

    1. Hello, it’s difficult to say what this could be caused by. If she’s been displaying this behaviour for a little while now, I’d pop her along to your vet for a check over just to make sure there isn’t a problem.

  204. Please help? My cat she’s been different lately. she meows like she’s in pain when I pet her. she avoids me she usually cuddles but she doesn’t anymore. everyone says it’s just because of the new kitten and she’s just mad that we brought someone new in the house. but then I was told cuz she’s so old 13/14 it might be cutting close to her time.. I’m scared and I hope it’s not. I just hope I could get some answers let me know if she’s not in pain when I touch her I just want her to cuddle again. What should I do?

    1. Hi Stephanie, we strongly suggest speaking to your own vet and getting her checked out, if she is in pain, which could even be from joint pain – then she needs treatment to make her more comfortable. Please call them and make an appointment. Dave RVN

  205. It was helpful when you said that one of the signs that a cat is in pain is if they stop eating or do not eat as much as they normally do. My little Timi is a cat that eats whenever he can, regardless of whether he just ate or not. That is why it bothered me when he started ignoring his meals. I should have known that something is wrong. I think I need to take him to the vet to see what I can do. Thanks for this!

  206. My cat is 4 months old he still eating and drinking but he cant move his back legs good and when he does he crys he has vets tomorrow just like to know if there anything i can do for hem ?

  207. Hi, My cat is 4 months old and a wild cat attacked him who is 2-3 years old..My cat was missing on Saturday night.. next morning my dad found him at my neighbours home…when i was giving him bath I saw an open wound exposing his organs just between his hind legs above his pelvic area…I took him to the vet…He cleaned his wound and stitched it after giving local anesthesia…He gave him some antibiotics and rabies…it’s been 3 days since the incidence and my cat is not eating anything..he is just lying down and hiding under the bed and cupboard…I am feeding him milk with syringe and daily dressing his wound…he is a very playful cat…and he loves to eat all the time…I also gave him pain killer…I am really worried… someone abandoned him and his sister on the streets when they where hardly 20 days old…I adopted them…His sister died last month because of snake bite… I don’t want to loose him too.. yesterday I took him to the vet and he said everything is normal…He said if he is not eating then feed him milk through syringe…he had a sonography yesterday for his bladder test because he didn’t pee for almost 24hrs…vet even used catheter for making him pee which was so painful…he was crying so loundly after sonography he peed after 45 mins of treatment… doctor said he is fine…give him some rest…but I don’t think he is fine…can someone please tell me what’s happening to him..??

    1. Hi, your poor cat. You sound like you are doing everything correctly, it may be some time until he feels brave enough to start feeling himself again and showing interest. He ideally should be on pain killers for a while and antibiotics. Please speak to your vet/doctor again if he gets worse or still refuses to eat.

  208. Hello! I had a few questions regarding temperament/personality in my cat Anna. We adopted her when she was a very young kitten. She was spayed when we got her. Which I think terrified her. She is coming up on two years old and She’s just a grumpy cat. She does let us love on her, on her terms. But she meows all the time! Low toned meows… If picked up, if laying a certain way, if you pet her for too long. For example, I gave her a bath this evening (which she actually likes) and have been holding her for 40 mins, wrapped up. I tried to position the towel behind her head ever so slightly and she meows at me! She’s did get kind of large, we don’t leave food out all day, we play with her… Is she just always uncomfortable and picky or could there be something causing her serious pain? If she isn’t low toned meowing, her meow sounds exactly like a squeek. I know it’s hard without seeing the cat… But is it possible this is just who she is?

    I don’t believe she is in pain, I feel as though she likes to be where she is, but sometimes she’s so vocal that it’s concerning! Is there a way to get her to lighten up a little bit? Thank you!

    1. Hi Amber,

      It does sound like she’s a slightly grumpy cat who isn’t afraid to let you know it, and of course all cats do have different personalities. However, for a 2 year old cat to be like this isn’t that common, and might suggest an underlying health issue, or that she’s struggling with stress for some reason. My best advice would be to get her checked over by your vet to rule out any physical problems, and if nothing shows up, talk to them about stress management that might help her feel better about things.

  209. my cat recently got into a fight and she is not an outside cat, she just got out and then it was just bad timing. shes eating and i tried playing with her and she did for a little while but keeps licking the back of her body where it looks like she may have lost some hair there and fur on her back keeps moving like she has fleas? idk if i should bathe her soon or something or just watch her. its like moving a lot and she tries to lick it but she cant reach it. please help!

    1. Hi Emily, I strongly suggest you take your cat to a vet for checking over. She seems to have had a trauma of some type and having her checked can help her recover faster, in case of the need of medication. Dave RVN.

  210. Hi, for a couple of weeks 50% of the time when my cat jumps off the counter or the table she makes this *ugh* sound and limps with one of the back legs for 10seconds or so. She eats, acts, climbs, plays as usual. Could it be that she needs more nutrition or does it sound like an injury?

    1. Hello, it’s possible this could be joint pain. Cat’s are very good at hiding pain, I’d strongly suggest speaking to your vet and discuss her mobility. Sometimes it can be she’s ‘acting’ normal as her joints have warmed up sufficiently. Dave RVN

  211. Hi i have a 3 month old kitten . Today morning she was fine when i come home from work she was limping and her food still there. Maybe she has fell. I have picked up i have touched her leg and touched it she is not meowing thought. Should i go to the vet ?

  212. Okay, so my cat is an outside overweight cat. She is very friendly and playful. She normally doesn’t care if we pick her up or play with her, but for this particular morning, she did. I woke and normally by this time, she would be meowing at the door for her food. But not this morning. She wasn’t, so I went outside and checked on her. It is cold right now, so she was bundled in her blanket. So I went to pick her up, and when I did, she cryed out and hissed at me, which she has never done before. She won’t get up from her chair and blanket, and she is just sitting in her guarded position and hasn’t moved at all. What do I do?!

    1. Hi, if you haven’t already, please take her to your vet for a check over. They are best placed to see if there is any problems.

  213. Hi my cat has suddenly become I’ll, he’s not eating or drinking he’s always sleeping he’s not been to the toylate in days he wants to be left alone and he’s lost lots of weight I was wondering if you could help me, thanks .

    1. Hi Chelsea, if you haven’t already you need to take your cat to a vet urgently. He needs a check over and by the description, probably treatment. Please make an appointment for him. Dave RVN.

  214. So my cat just started limping today. She isn’t making noises. But she’s sort of clumsy. I’ve felt her back leg and I can’t feel anything out of place. But she isn’t as active as she was earlier. When I got home she was running around. And now she’s all plain and sort of sad looking. But no meowing.

    1. Hi Allen, please call your vet and make an appointment for them to see her. She sounds like she needs to be examined and possibly given painkillers.

  215. Is there any chance that you will state your sources, provide verifiable references, etc.?
    I see a lot of copy and paste but no answer.

    1. This blog article is nearly seven years old, and actually predates much of the published literature on the subject, being based largely on clinical experience. However, there are a wide range of good references available now.

      My advice would be to start with the University of Glasgow Pain Scoring system here: https://www.wsava.org/WSAVA/media/PDF_old/Feline-CMPS-SF_0.pdf

      Other useful publications include:

      A preliminary study in behaviour-based indicators of pain in cats

      Evaluation of facial expression in acute pain in cats

      Development of a behaviour‐based measurement tool with defined intervention level for assessing acute pain in cats

      I hope that helps!

  216. Hi my cat Kizzy,
    Has been having a lot of fur loss on her hind legs and around her eyes, she’s been very out of sorts lately and acting very odd she won’t leave the house anymore apart from to go the toilet like she used to and she keeps making awful sounding cry/meows all she’s doing is laying and sleeping and won’t let me touch her legs for me to get a good look at what’s going on , she’s keeps crying till we follow her to the bathtub ? She is spayed as we did thinknit could be a phantom pregnancy ? She is 7 and has some growths on her stomach but she has always had these her previous owner told me and they had never bothered her

    1. She has been fleas monthly on the same date religiously and there no way she can have fleas with regards to the hair loss

    2. A phantom pregnancy in a spayed cat is really very rare and would usually suggest something really quite serious; you also mention some growths, but without knowing more about what they are, it’s impossible to say they aren’t causing problems.
      However, I think whatever the problem, Kizzy needs to see a vet. From what you say it might be an injury, it might be broken legs, it might be a blood clot, it might be something completely different – we don’t know, but she’s suffering and NEEDS veterinary attention.

    1. There are lots of possibilities, including neck pain or ear disease. However, I think the best think your friend could do would be to get their cat checked out by a veterinarian, to find out what’s actually going on.

  217. My cat will meow kinda raspy at me every time I get up after giving him attention. He has been hiding a little bit every once and while. I’ve patted him down and nothing seems to hurt on the outside.

    1. That’s probably normal behaviour for him – objecting when you stop fussing him! However, it can be difficult to assess more subtle signs of pain, so if you’re at all worried, get him checked out by your vet.

  218. Hi! My cat Precious is a little over a year old. Her and our other cat Breezy got into a fight a couple of days ago. My husband got mad and pushed her out of the way, accidentally into the wall. Ever since, when I go to pick her up she cries and flinches. Sometimes hisses. She usually LOVES to be held. Should I take her in or keep an eye on it? I don’t exactly have the money for the ver 🙁 But I will definitely find a way to take her if needed. She’s my baby.

    1. If she’s only upset when your husband picks her up, but is happy to be cuddled or stroked and behaves normally around you, then it might be she hasn’t forgiven him for the accident yet! If, however, she’s showing signs of being in pain around both of you, then there may be some injury that needs to be checked out by the vet.

  219. Hi, I was wondering if there is anything wrong with my cat. I was petting him for like 5 minutes and as soon as I stopped he followed me and meowed so i gave him food and water and pet him more. He didn’t touch the food, water, or enjoy the petting session. After that he starts meowing like I’ve only heard when he’s in a fight with another cat. I feel bad and don’t know if there’s anything wrong but I’d like to know as soon as possible. Also he tried grabbing my leg and pulling me towards him a few times; he never likes interacting with people unless its petting. If someone could get back to me as soon as possible I would strongly appreciate it. Thanks.

    1. Any sudden change in behaviour is a bit of a worry – it could suggest pain, or stress, or even some sort of neurological problem (e.g. feline dementia). I would suggest a check up at the vets to make sure there’s nothing sinister going on.

  220. I have a kitten that seems to be in very bad pain. He is yelling and hiding and his eyes have blood in them. He also won’t let anyone touch him. He and my dog just got into a fight. I’m really worried that it’s a brain injury but I don’t have money to take him to the vet. I don’t know what to do.

    1. Hi Daniel, I’m so sorry to hear about your kitten. He needs to be urgently seen by a vet. Depending on where you’re located, there may be financial help available through local animal charities. But please do speak to your vet, they will be best-placed to advise and may be able to discuss a payment plan with you. The important thing is that your kitten gets checked over and receives any necessary treatment ASAP.

  221. My baby kitten was stepped on and hes not moving but his eyes are kinda open and hes breathing, i dont have the heart to kill him and cant afford a vet ,if hes not moving can he feel the pain of his broke spine? can he feel the pain due to his head injeries? can he feel anything?

    1. Yes, he probably can feel pain, and yes, he is probably suffering terribly. Find a local animal charity that can put him out of his misery – now.

  222. My 1.7 year old orange male baby his this thing that when he purrs, it’s like he struggles to breathe. He opens his mouth slightly and breathes really really fast. I took him to a few vets and one e.r.( I literally thought he was gonna die) and they all say “by the sounds of his symptoms he has asthma” even though nothing has shown up on any of his xrays. They never see what I see bc he’s not purring when he’s there. He does have an occasional hacking non productive cough since I’ve had him at 8 weeks old. But it comes and goes and other then the purr/breathing problem and very occasional cough, he’s fine! Eats and drinks and uses the potty normal. I have him on an inhaler I give twice a day, for two weeks now but nothing has changed. I’m terrified to pet him, but he’s such a love bug and my baby.. What are your thoughts? I’m at a loss now because money is really tight and I already maxed out my care credit with the vet trips and tests. I finally got a video of his purr and cough and showed it to the internal specialist and he wanted to slightly sedate him and look in his throat but the told me it’d be 800 and I don’t have that on my card and it will be almost 2 months before I can save up for it since I just moved out of state.

    1. Unfortunately, its impossible to say what’s causing this behaviour over the internet. Feline Asthma is a fairly common condition, and can cause a range of changes in breathing pattern, but unfortunately it doesn’t always show up on X-rays in the early stages. I think you’re going to have to get some more workups done as and when you can, to determine what’s going on; in the meantime, have a chat with your vets about the inhaler – it may be that there are different spacers you could use that might help, or a different active ingredient.

  223. My cat suddenly started meowing loudly and then stiffened up and fell over. After about 30 seconds she stood up and seemed fine. Now she is continually drinking water. What should i do? What happened?

    1. It sounds like it might have been a seizure of some kind; I would strongly advise a check up with your vet to looks for underlying causes such as high blood pressure or liver or kidney disease.

  224. My cat Weasley is a relaxing and passionate cat. Tonight he was growing and curled up next to me but then started flinching, growled and got up before circling and laying closer to me. And he only acts like this in my room. Help please!!

    1. I think if he’s flinching and then behaving differently, the first thing to rule out is whether he is in pain. Cats are very stoic creatures and often prefer not to show signs of discomfort; it’s possible he only makes it clear he’s uncomfortable when he’s in a “safe space” that he feels relaxed in. I think a vet check up is probably the best idea; if he’s medically healthy, then it’s a matter of a changing relationship between you! In that case, your vet will be able to recommend a good feline behaviourist if needed.

  225. I have an older cat who is now blind and has stopped using her letterbox except for an occasional poo. She has started meowing loudly at night. sometimes when she meows at night, she is stuck in a corner (the same corner every night) or she is laying in her warming bed. I took her to the vet when she went blind to make sure she was ok. He said she may not have too long left. That was around 3 months ago. I just want to make sure she is not in pain. We have to keep her in our bedroom now bc we have stairs and don’t want to risk her falling or getting lost in the house. I don’t want my girl to suffer. I adopted her when she was 4 and have had her for 14 years. I want to make sure I am doing what is best for her. Do you have any advice on caring for a geriatric cat?

    1. I’m sorry to say it might be getting towards time to make a decision. However, have a chat with your vet – it can be harder to assess how a cat’s doing if you see them every single day, and your vet will be able to help.
      In the meantime, take a look at the entry in the Pet Health Library on Care of Geriatric Cats.

  226. Hi, yesterday we went to the vet and my kitten got her shots. We came home later that night and she was meowing in pain and didn’t liked being messed with. We immediately thought she was just sore but weren’t sure. This morning I wake up and it’s almost more pain than yesterday and she is walking with her bum tucked in under her. Please help I’m scared

    1. I think you should get her seen by your vet – this sounds like a fairly dramatic vaccine reaction, and while it isn’t likely to be life-threatening, I think it does need to be checked out

      1. Hi Dave
        My cat Bella has been acting strange she keeps laying in small spaces and even laying on the heater vent and sleeping a lot and when i started to pat her and touch her to love on her she started to growl and hiss at me and even tensed up her body and her body keep shivering like she is cold or uncomfortable like she is in pain. i picked her up slow and easy and she growled and hissed at me even more so i let her down and gave her a minute then tried again but she doesn’t want me touching or picking her up. Now she is sleeping on the heater vent and she never used to do that and she never acted like this before i am worried sick about my baby girl . She also keeps sneezing and swallows a lot like sinus is might be draining but i dont know what is wrong. She only hisses and growls at me when i try to pick her up or touch her and that isn’t like her she always laid on my lap and chest and loved me petting her. what do you think Is wrong and what should i do.

        1. This does sound like she’s pretty miserable and/or painful. I think a vet check to try and work out what’s going on – she doesn’t sound well I’m afraid!

  227. Hi, so we been letting my indoor cat go outside for a few hours every night and yesterday he came back at 12 at night and everything seem fine, i noticed that he had left my side sometime in the morning 3-5 and i saw that he was laying on his scratch board i came over to pick him up and he was meowing very loudly i put him on my bed and went to the bathroom i came back and he was at the scratch board again. He seems to be walking fine but when i pet him on his bottom or grab his tail he meows again. Any advice? He is a year old in April

    1. I think there’s a good chance he’s been in an argument with either another cat or a car! Other possibilities would include sore or blocked anal glands, or injury to the pelvis, tail or even spine from trauma. I’d advise getting him checked out by your vet – there might be a lot more internal damage or abscessation than there appears to be from the outside.

  228. my cat keeps crawling close to the ground withs it bottom in the air and wont walk any other way. shes been crying like shes in pain and acting as if she cant get comfortable, im 14 so i dont know much about what to do.

    1. The most likely cause is that she’s in season and is calling for a mate! If in doubt, ask an adult to contact your vet and double check with them, though.

  229. Hi there,
    My 12 year old cat has suddenly started overgrooming any part of his body he can reach to the extent that it’s sopping wet. When I wipe him down with a white cloth it’s tinged pink! He’s lost quite a lot of weight as he isn’t eating as much as he used to (he was always quite slim but is now skinny) He isn’t as interactive as he used to be and prefers to sit in a box nearly all day! We took him to the vet who checked him over, bloods, temperature, eyes, mouth and felt him all over. She couldn’t find anything but gave him a shot of antibiotics and to take him back in a couple of days. He was a bit more sprightly for a couple of days, ate a little and became a little more interactive. This lasted a couple of days and then back to same. Second visit to the vet they gave him a pain injection, same thing happened again a little change for the better then back to the overgrooming! Third visit they gave him a 5 day course of steroids (prednisolone) he seemed as if he was back on track to becoming his old self (although still overgrooming) Well now 4 days after the steroids has finished he seems to be getting worse and is drooling a thin jelly like substance tinged pink on a white tissue! Still overgrooming, not eating as much and not using the litter tray as much!! Can u help as I think my vet is incompetent!

    1. Skin disease like this can be really hard to diagnose and manage. Possible causes include fleas or other parasites, allergies, bacterial infections, yeast infections, and atopic dermatitis. I think it’s time to go back to the vets and ask either for more tests, or for a second opinion if you feel you have lost confidence in the original vet.

      1. Hi there
        Thank you for your reply….skin disease wasn’t something I’d considered as it looks more of a physical ailment! He now has limited strength in his front legs and is finding it difficult to eat as if his mouth is numb and can’t pick up his food!

        1. These cases are really hard to get a handle on – if not skin then the other obvious possibility would be a neurological issue; such as a brain lesion. Again, I really do think another consult or a second opinion is needed if there’s been no improvement on treatment.

  230. My 8 month old kitten won’t let me touch the back of her neck a couple days after receiving flea medication. Is she just showing signs of aggression and mad for having to get medication? It’s only one day after receiving it. We did use a new brand this time but she didn’t act like this with the other brand we used to use which was advantage. The new brand my vet recommended after advantage stopped working was Cheristin. She will still request rubs and scratches but if I go to the back of her neck she jumps a little and will hide for a little while.

    1. That’s not a normal response, and may suggest a reaction to the product or it’s carrier liquid. I’d strongly advice calling your vet to report this – adverse reactions like this need to be reported to the manufacturers so that they know about them.

  231. We recently got a kitten and my old cat started acting funny. She has licked most of her fur off her back legs and has started being very aggressive toward my daughter. She sometimes acts like her back legs hurt when you touch them, but not always. She has an apt with vet, but thought I’d see if anyone else had the same issues.

    1. This could be a sign of pain (e.g. arthritis), but it’s also a common sign of stress in cats – and a new kitten is a common trigger for stress behaviour. Have you tried Feliway, to help them settle?

      1. Hi Dave, we have recently gotten a kitten. We are experienced cat owners as we have 3 cats who we all got as kittens. Our latest kitten was all fine until yesterday. She likes to play with feet and my grandfather accidentally stepped on her and she has been walking slowly and in pain and has not eaten since then. We are all scared for her as she is still very very small and we do not want to lose her

  232. I live in a small town, our vet told me there’s a possibility my indoor, 8 month old rescued barn kitten has Horners syndrome. He said it would go away within a week or two and it did. This was about 2 months ago now and just yesterday I noticed her eye fogging up again. She’s very aggressive, hardly wants to be touched and is normally a very affectionate cat. She seems to be in a lot of pain, still eating and drinking water but not as often and not as much. Her nose was dry yesterday and seems to have gotten better today but she’s still flinching, walking slowly, not jumping and the eye is still foggy. Could this still be horners syndrome? Should I take her to a better vet?

    1. I think definitely a follow-up appointment is needed. However, Horner’s isn’t usually painful, so I would be more suspicious that there’s been another injury to the affected eye.

      1. My cat Billu is a recue n’ probably around the age of 16. Since the past couple of years, he has been developing a limp in his left limb that settles for 3 months with cortisone before another deterioration to which there is a slow build up.
        Please advice what might be happening and how that could be treated?
        All his blood work up is normal including kidney function n’ the local vet hasn’t arrived at any formal diagnosis. Billu also gets restless in middle of night and walks up and down without meeowing. He has lost some weight although he is also on a special diet for weight management. He vomited last night and brought up bile but has been eating normally otherwise. Many thanks

        1. There are lots of possibilities, but near the top of the list would have to be osteoarthritis. Is it worth talking about additional diagnostics such as X-rays and ultrasound scans with your vet?

  233. Hi there is something wrong with my cat Claude. He’s a male ginger cat. Last night he slept by the door and usually he comes to let me know that he needs to go out by sticking his paw under my room door but he didn’t do this then this morning he had diarrhea and he was just laying on the floor. He wasnt responding to the treats or drinking water and he barely ate his breakfast. He’s just sleeping one way. He meows when I try and pick him up and he sticks his bum in the air. When I tired to put his bum down he meowed. I don’t know what to do and I’m scared. I’ve had him since he was a kitten and he’s never done this or acted this way. He’s not even cleaning himself. Please help.

  234. Hi my cat’s name is TOM, he’s around 12 weeks old and was a very playful mate. All of a sudden he started hiding and didn’t like when we touched his body. It seems like his skin is irritating n moving , when ever he come near me n I touch him he runs and do a sad meow. Please advice if he has a food allergy or a tummy pain.

    1. I think a check up is needed – these signs could suggest skin problems, but also a wide range of other painful conditions including abscesses and gut disease.

  235. My 3 month old kitten collapsed to the floor and is unable to rise. She’s stuck in a unusual position with her head tilted way back against her back. She has trouble breathing and has poop stuck on her butthole. We cleaned her butt but she still has problem breathing and is crying a lot. I don’t know what to do it’s 3 am and the vets don’t open until morning. Please help!

  236. my cat is meowing n lifting her butt up n when i rub her leg she moves it like she’s in pain or something

    1. If you think she’s in pain, then give your vet a ring for advice. There are lots of possible causes including injury or infection, and in entire females this can be a sign that they are in season too!

  237. My cat J.j. was fine this morning when he ate but then he was lieing down in front of our stairs and wont stop meowing.

  238. It made sense when you explained that pain can cause cats to stop eating as much as they normally do. My husband and I adopted a cat off the street earlier this year, but she hasn’t been eating much for the last three or four days. I’ll have to start looking for a veterinary service so my cat can get the help she needs soon!

  239. My cat has been acting strange lately. He usually sleeps on my bed frequently, but lately he has been resorting to the floor and won’t come and snuggle. It’s very unusual cause he used to always cuddle. Now today when I try to pick him up he meows and crouches. Not wanting to be moved. Any suggestions? Fyi he’s 9.

    1. That suggests he might be painful; it’s not uncommon for cats to develop abscesses if they go outdoors from fighting, or arthritis at that age, and these can both can cause non-specific generalised signs of pain. Other issues might include stress; but whatever the cause, you need to rule out a medical cause – so I’d recommend a vet visit to get him checked out.

  240. Hello my concern with my cat is it looks like hes tall in limp and when I try to pick it up he meows i jist noticed this today

    1. A limp tail may suggest nerve damage -either to his spine, or lower down – or a break in the bones of the tail itself. This is often seen with tail-pull injuries. However, it needs veterinary attention as it is very painful, and the nerve damage can progress if not treated.

  241. ok so basically when i go to pet my cat weather it’s on the head it back she kinda hunches up and hisses at me. i don’t know if it means anything but usually she never did this so i’m starting to believe after reading this article something might be wrong! please tell me if i’m overreacting or not!

    1. If it’s suddenly changed, that’s definitely a concern! It might be due to pain, but it could also be a behavioural issue. However, I’d advise a vet check to rule out medical issues first.

  242. We have two kittens, about 3 months. They have been really enegetic. They would climb walls, ceilings, play with each other. I noticed 4 days ago, the other one seems to be injured, cause whenever i try to hold her front legs, she cries out. Now i know that base on her reaction she might have been injured. What im concerned about is the other one. She was fine 4 days ago, until i noticed that she just kept on sleeping the entire day until the next day not even wanting to eat. This morning, while i was heading downstairs, i saw her on the stairway. I tried to carry her, but she would suddebly cry out. Nevertheless i carefully carried her and i noticed that she was slightly shaking. I noticed yesterday that she was shaking, but thought that it was probably just some odd behavior. Right now, she mostly just lies on the bed the entire day and wont eat anything. she doesnt seem to be injured but i dont know where she’s in pain.

  243. Hi my cat recently had kittens about a month ago and is constantly begging for food or what we think is food she has really bad diarrhoea and doesn’t seem as playful or feed her kittens very often but we’ve taken her to the vets and they said they couldn’t find anything but i’m still worried.

    1. I’d suggest getting a faeces sample and going back to the vets for another check up; they will be able to do a faecal analysis for parasites such as Tritrichomonas foetus or Giardia which can cause these sorts of symptoms.

  244. My cat is 10 months old and we went on a long walk yesterday and he is an indoor cat. He seemed fine but today he’s been acting really weird. He was picked up by the back of the neck he flipped out so he got put down and then he laid there ”paralized” and just laid there. He was moved a little bit and remained the same. Then his name was said and he jumped up looked startled and got big and ran away. I can’t seem to make an appointment anywhere due to quarentine. Can you please help, I’m really scared and don’t want anything to happen to him.

    1. Picking him up by the neck can be very painful and unpleasant for an adult cat – their scruff isn’t evolved to carry the weight of a 10 month old cat! It’s also possible that there’s some neurological or spinal injury from it, although that’s unlikely. If he seems normal otherwise, and is completely normal afterwards, then assume it was pain and fear. Anything else, or any doubt – vet check!

  245. My female cat is 1 year old gave birth for the second time a month ago but she’s panting and screaming like In pain with her mouth open and looks weak I don’t know what’s wrong with her can someone help !

  246. Hello! I feed a stray cat, and she is usually very keen on her wet food PM dinner. In the AM I leave kibbles out and she’ll nibble on them some. But for the last two days, I have noticed she did not touch the kibbles, and she approaches the wet food tentatively, takes a bite and then squeaks and bolts. I thought perhaps her mouth hurts, so I laid out some “ lickable treats” with chicken meat, so that she would have at least some calories, and that worked well (she always has fresh water available). Yesterday she was very cuddly, rolling on my lap, and I rubbed gently her face and neck on purpose, but she just rubbed back harder. Today, even though my lap was available, she just slept and slept on a chair next to me, only waking up for a lengthy and thorough grooming session. Would you have any idea what gives? And before you ask, I tried, but she absolutely won’t come in, she goes beserk. So we built her an insulated “condo” with heated pad and heated water bowl for our cold Canadian winters, and she loves it. Also, she is a TNR – I took care of it, and there are no longer any other strays in our little street – I had them all TNR’d and then all the others got adopted. She adopted us, but won’t let us fully adopt her… So she can’t have been in a fight. OK, so now she left her chair and is seemingly peacefully curled up in my lap…. I am really wondering what’s going on. She is about 6, and taking her to the vet would be an ordeal, the way she reacts to enclosed spaces

    1. It’s really hard to know – although what you’ve reported would be consistent with a dental problem such as a freshly fractured tooth. If there’s an infection or gum disease, you may be able to smell “bad breath” from her, which would suggest a serious issue. This is a problem with semi-feral cats like this – at what point do we decide that it’s worth getting them treated? In terms of food… is she getting fed anywhere else? Because if so it may be she is still eating, but somewhere else. However, if she’s not able to eat, or seems to be losing weight, then definitely vet time.

  247. hi, my kitten had a mirror fall on her about a week ago and we brought her to the vet and they said that she was fine but her back was badly injured, everything was going fine she was coming back to being herself slowly and now all of a sudden she’s started acting very aggressive and hates when i pick her up or go near her she’s eating fine and playing but she’s just not the same. she’s been biting scratching hissing etc at me and my granny babysits so there’s always children around and she was always so loving and now she seems to hate everyone. even if i try to pet her when she’s walking around she just bites or scratches were getting really worried because it’s not like her at all. any advice would be great:(xx

    1. That sounds like she might be really painful – I’d strongly suggest going back to your vet ASAP and asking for reassessment, and potentially a change in pain medication.

  248. If you time to answer this then cool, but my new kitten recently took an injury by having a gate fall on top him, a hazard I didn’t know existed until it was too late. He was clearly spooked, but he’s acting pretty normal but has a spot right below his rib that he won’t let me touch. No limp or body language that would say he’s in pain, just squirms out of my hands with that spot specifically. Given that he doesn’t show any signs beyond that (I think), should I be worried? Can he be internally bruised or broken?

    1. Internal injuries are possible, and personally I’d recommend a vet check him over – he could have cracked a rib, or even injured his liver. It’s unlikely, if he looks fine, but at least keep a really close eye on him and his colour – if his gums look at all pale or his behaviour changes, then vet check ASAP!

  249. My cat was licking her jaw and nose, similar to the reaction cats have to you drawings your nails across a combs teeth, the tongue coming out, flicking and returning into the mouth. She would occasionally bring up her paws, as if trying to get something out of her throat/mouth, but nothing ever appeared to be there. This occurred for a couple minutes before she crawled into bed and fell asleep, should I be worried?

    1. It does suggest some sort of irritation in her mouth or nose. If it doesn’t come back when she wakes up, great – but if it happens again a check up would be a good idea; cats can get foreign bodies like thread trapped around the base of their tongue.

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