Most of the indoor cats are very stationary. They enjoy life by sun bathing, eating, napping, cuddling, and being a couch potato. As a result, as a cat’s human, it is very easy to miss the early subtle signs that the master in the house is in pain, but s/he is too proud to tell you so. Besides losing interests in food, hiding, here are some commonly seen indications that your cat might be in discomfort:

  1. No more top pantry sealing.
    Cats spend most of their days “lounging around.” So unless a cat is seriously limping, it’s hard to detect the underlying joint discomfort. One good way is to pay attention to if a cat is still welcoming himself for some free buffet by knocking over the bag of food that sits on top of the fridge? Does he still get into the pantry cabinets that are high up? Does he still spend his afternoon on top of his tree watching outside? Less jumping and climbing can potentially mean that the cat chooses to not do so because it hurts.
  2. Excessive purring.
    We often associate a cat’s purr with joy, and most of the time that is true. However, purring is also a self soothing behavior for cats. When a kitty is purring constantly and meanwhile eating less food, it’s not because the kitty is happily celebrating his success in dieting, rather, he might be in pain and he needs to sing himself a lullaby to calm himself down.
  3. Become too needy or too aloof.
    Basically change of personality and behaviors.
​As veterinarians, Dr. Chiu and Dr. Chen have caught many early onset of diseases via the help of the very observant pet parents, who did not ignore any “weird feelings” or a “hunch,” even though they couldn’t point fingers to what exactly was going on. When it comes to your babies, trust your instinct!