Pets Handle Pain Better Than You and I Can. There’s a Reason Why.

PAIN.

Yep, we all feel pain. Even animals feel and react to pain and discomfort.

But cats’ reaction to pain is quite different than ours.

Isn’t it amazing how much medication humans take for pain!!? 

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there seems to be a pill for everything. In fact there are dozens of variations and brands for every ailment we have. Just walk down the drugs aisle at your favorite super market. Amazing!

Statistics show that we pop a pill in our mouths for every pain and discomfort that exists. I think it’s way too much. The United States has 5% of the world’s population yet consumes 75% of the world’s prescription drugs! Seems to me we just want to be pain free, so why not medicate ourselves, right?

But animals are another story.

LIA’S VET VISIT REASON

My lil’ lady, Lia, turned 5 months now in September. And since this past week my big boy has been unusually close to my sweet girl. Apparently she has gotten to the point when she is going into heat and releasing hormones that triggered this behavior in him. Now Pint’ couldn’t seem to help himself to her. Huh! Time to get her fixed I thought.

So off we go to the vet and get her spayed.
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JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE VET

She didn’t appear to enjoy the car ride as much as sitting on her favorite spot, which is usually a box.

But when we get there she is okay! And even gets to meet a few pals. 🙂

How fun!!

This may not be so bad after all!

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The biggest cat we ever saw. Even bigger than brofur Pinty!

This one-eyed kitty stole our hearts. So pawdorable!

Did sweet lil’ Lia just do that?

LIA GETS SPAYED AND HEADS HOME

After we are done picking her up in the afternoon of her spaying appointment, Lia seems her usual self. But a few minutes at home, I noticed her eyes dancing and her head bobbing, but this type of reaction is apparently normal from the anesthesia as we read on the take home instructions.

She did try to nibble at her new wounds and shaven area so we panic! What if she opens up her stitches? I frantically tried to get her mind off it (and her tongue from licking it!)

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Then we remember the recovery e-collar and that works like a charm to keep her from licking and chewing on her belly area. This cone-shaped collar is essential for proper wound healing. It took some getting used to though.

Putting on the e-collar, she hopped around like a wild little pony at first until we distracted her with toys.

Then it was almost smooth sailing from there. She did run into things a lot as the collar is considerably bigger than her head.

Eating and drinking has been normal but I often have to raise the food bowl up to her little mouth, so she could eat a few bites,  because of the e-collar.

The next two days after getting spayed she is noticeably in pain. Poor thing!

She has calmed down considerably since the surgery, and often appears to be in a daze. She sits still for a while and lays down in the makeshift bed I made in the bathroom where she prefers to stay.

A big sign that she’s in pain is resting a lot.

Other signs that pets are sore include eating less, sitting very still, acting grouchy when touching/petting her, maybe even biting others nearby.

Lia sleeps, always quiet. Never whimpers or whines in pain.

Cats are masters at hiding pain.

But beware, cats don’t need pain meds after surgery. There are several reasons for pain (post operative):

First, its obvious that these little creatures will probably not react well to any pain killer. Aspirin is bad as it inhibits blood clotting, and acetaminophen (Tylenol) is toxic to cats (SSPCA.org.).

Second, pain allows pets to move less and avoid injuring/opening the incision, ensuring their wounds heal properly.

So, lets be cautious about what we give our furry friends (notice this is strictly after a spay/neuter surgery, for all other discomfort I strongly suggest some form of pain relief).

In the meanwhile, I will continue to monitor her closely (I shall resist the temptation to administer a pain killer when I see my cat in pain) and hope the discomfort goes away soon. 🙂

I noticed cats don’t usually whimper when in pain like other animals do.

Does this mean our pets handle pain better than you and I can?

Why is that?

Well, there’s a reason behind it. And it makes a whole lot of sense.

WHY DON’T CATS SHOW PAIN?

A veterinary office in Okaw IL explains it perfectly:

We need to understand the nature of the cat. It is different than dogs, or other animals in some ways. First understand our own human way that we show or communicate we are in pain or sick. First of all humans have another human to tell that they need help. Human to human is the same species communication so it is not too hard (typically!) to understand. We trust and know that our human helper will get us aid.

Cats have a long history of being wild before becoming domesticated. The instincts that kept them safe in the wild are still working for them now.

The cat is one of the few animals that is both predator and prey. What this means is that they can be forwardly aggressive and defensive to some animals but to other larger animals they are lunch. The easiest prey for a predator to kill is the sick or injured one.

So when sick a cat will be quiet or hide to keep themselves out of sight of the predator. Otherwise they will die.

Isn’t that genius???

So, in essence, cats will hide themselves and their pain in order to instinctively stay alive. This just comes naturally. They are still sore and uncomfortable. But handle it much more dignified than us humans can.

Gosh these cats are amazing. 😸🐾🐾🐾

Are you as proud as I am of our furry friends and how they handle pain?😻

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Posted on September 27, 2015, in animals, blog, cats, drugs, meds, pain, sad and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. There are pain medications that are safe for cats and often times needed. It is one thing if they are resting comfortably, but just because they do this to survive in the wild doesn’t mean giving them some relief is a bad thing. It’s always best to ask your vet what is safe to give them and how much, and many will administer some after surgery.
    Surgery is a very painful thing on an animal, just as it is for humans- especially a female. Why let them suffer needlessly?

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    • I know… I wished so much I could have given her something. But then again she would’ve been able to move about which could’ve caused stress to her sutures. She was mainly drowsy from the anesthesia and follow up pain killer according to the vet.
      Thanks for coming by and for a great and thought-provoking comment. 😸

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  2. That was a really fun and interesting read. Beautiful cat!

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