2021 Pet Holidays and Veterinary Awareness Days
National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day
January 22, 2021
Cats can be confusing creatures. One moment they’re curled in your lap purring contently and the next moment they want nothing more than to be left alone in a cozy box. But despite their enigmatic behavior, cats use a variety cues to express their needs, desires, and emotions. This Answer Your Cat’s Question Day, we ask: How well can you “read” your cat?
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Signs of Pain in Cats
Cats are notorious for masking their health issues. That’s why regular wellness exams are so important to catch health conditions early. However, there are some telltale signs of pain in cats, outlined below.
Signs of Illness in Cats
Many illnesses in cats present similar clinical signs. Here are some common behaviors that may indicate your cat should visit your veterinarian ASAP:
- Weight Loss
- Increased water drinking
- Increased appetite
What is Your Cat’s Tail Saying?
As any cat owner knows, a cat’s tail can be quite expressive. Does your cat’s tail express any of the emotions below?
|Tail Position||Emotional Indication|
|Tail Straight Up||A happy, good mood|
|Tail Straight Out||Playful, stalking behavior|
|Tail Puffed Up||Frightened, part of the “fight or flight” response|
|Tail Flicking||Anger, irritation, aggression|