2024 Pet Holidays and Veterinary Awareness Days

National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

January 22, 2024

A black cat on a pillow

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 of 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 Pain in Dogs and Cats infographic

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 PositionEmotional Indication
Tail Straight UpA happy, good mood
Tail Straight OutPlayful, stalking behavior
Tail Puffed UpFrightened, part of the “fight or flight” response
Tail FlickingAnger, irritation, aggression

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