Most cat owners are aware of their cats’ personalities and preferences. But what do shifts in these behaviors mean? Are they just weird quirks?
Or are they signs of something more serious?
Researchers at the UK’s University of Lincoln believe they may be signs that your cat is in pain. Dr. Isabella Merrora and Professor Daniel Mills devised a list of 25 of these signs by consulting veterinarians throughout the world. Their research was published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Among the list of behavior changes is being in a hunched position longer than usual. These cats may be suffering abdominal pain induced by kidney failure or other illnesses.
Read on for the full list.
1. Twitching Tail
Believe it or not, a cat’s tail can tell you a lot about how it’s feeling. Certain movements can tell you when a cat is feeling moody, frisky, or happy. A twitch in particular indicates discontent and aggression. Pain can also cause a cat’s tail to twitch. Pay attention to your cat’s tail when you pet it. If it twitches, you’re probably being too rough.