Study by the University of Lincoln seeks to improve our knowledge of understanding cat pain
Every cat is different, and as a pet owner over time you become accustomed to signs and symptoms of when your cat is unwell or feeling under the weather. However, this can sometimes be difficult to spot in even the longest-serving family pet, and diagnosing the symptoms causing your cat discomfort as well as understanding cat pain can be difficult, even for professionals.
Run by the University of Lincoln, the project titled ‘Understanding Cat Pain’ aims to identify early signs of pain expression in felines and help their owners and vets to recognise this emotion as soon as possible. Ultimately the project aims to ensure the speedy delivery of medical attention as well as increasing the effectiveness of any treatment.
From the University of Lincoln website:
Cat owners the world over are familiar with their pets’ individual personalities, habits and preferences, and are adept at spotting when their feline friends’ behaviour differs from the norm. However, understanding what these changes mean can be a much more difficult task.
International veterinary scientists have therefore come together and identified 25 behavioural signs displayed by cats which could indicate that they are suffering pain.
The expert consensus, led by Dr Isabella Merola and Professor Daniel Mills from the University of Lincoln, UK, supported by cat charity Feline Friends (Derbyshire), represents the first list of its kind to be agreed by a panel of veterinary experts in feline medicine.
The website includes a quiz owners can take to see if they can spot the symptoms of pain in cats (it’s not easy!). This fascinating study seems to be uncovering real results which in the long term will help vets treat our cats more effectively.
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