Cats have proven to be excellent companions and useful helpers. While they’re often believed to be independent, they are also very affectionate and loving creatures.
But what do we really know about their feelings? Can they feel pain? If so, how do they react to it? Do cats feel pain in the same way that humans do?
These are questions you might have asked yourself at some point or another, but there has been plenty of debate on the subject—so what’s the real answer? Let’s find out!
Yes, cats do feel pain
Cats experience pain in a similar way to humans. When they are hurt, they feel a sharp, throbbing sensation. Cats also have a withdrawal reflex, which helps them protect themselves from further injury.
In addition, cats show signs of discomfort when their owners touch an injured area.
Finally, there is evidence that cats who suffer trauma will avoid those areas for some time after their injuries heal.
In conclusion, we can say that yes, cats do feel pain the same way as humans do. They feel it with a throbbing sensation and when touched by their owner’s hands, they show visible signs of discomfort.
However, not all research has been done on this topic so more studies need to be done in order to know for sure if cats feel pain differently than humans. Additionally, no one knows why cats withdraw from the contact.
Finally, while it may seem like I’m saying people should not pet their cat during a healing process because it hurts them or causes stress, that is not what I am saying at all!
It just means that now we understand how much pain cats might be feeling or experiencing when they come into contact with things like getting brushed or stroked while healing.
No, cats don’t feel pain like humans do
Cats don’t have the same pain receptors as humans, so they don’t feel pain in the same way. Humans have nociceptors, which are special sensors that send signals to the brain when they detect potentially harmful stimuli.
Cats have a different type of receptor called phylogenetically older nociceptors, which aren’t as sensitive to pain. That means cats can feel pain, but it doesn’t affect them in the same way it does humans.
Cats’ mouths and noses are more sensitive than their skin, so they’re more likely to feel pain from something happening inside their mouth or nose than on their skin. When you notice your cat is behaving abnormally and seems to be in pain, take him or her to see a vet!
A cat’s anatomy explains why cats can survive injuries other animals would die from
A cat’s skeleton is much more flexible than a human’s. This, combined with their fur, gives them extra protection from injuries. They also have fewer nerve endings in their skin, so they are less likely to feel pain as humans do.
Cats use instinct to protect themselves against injury and they often land on all four paws when they fall. Cats don’t always limp after an injury because they may not feel pain right away or at all!
The way cats react to being injured depends on where the wound is and how badly it hurts. Cats will sometimes lick their wounds but that doesn’t mean they’re feeling any kind of pain!
Injuries can take days to heal, especially if a cat licks off all of its natural healing ointment that comes out of the wound. If you notice your cat licking its paw excessively, keep an eye on it to make sure there isn’t any blood coming from the paw.
And if you notice blood, please bring your pet to see a veterinarian immediately!
The scientific consensus on cat pain
Although there is still much to learn about how exactly cats experience pain, scientists believe that they likely feel pain in a similar way to humans. Cats have many of the same neural pathways and structures responsible for processing pain as we do.
And like us, they also have natural endorphins that help them cope with discomfort. However, there are some differences between a cat’s and human pain responses. For example, cats may be more sensitive to thermal and mechanical stimuli than we are.
In one study, researchers found that when cats were exposed to an electric current or hot water, they would yelp immediately after exposure—something not seen in humans.
The study’s authors concluded that while it’s difficult to know what the exact cause of this difference might be, it could be related to either the size or chemical makeup of their nerve fibers.
Why do we think cats feel more pain than they really do
- Cats have a higher tolerance for pain than humans.
- They also have a different threshold for pain, meaning they can feel more pain without it being too intense.
- Their brain chemistry is different from ours, so they may experience pain differently.
- Cats also have a stronger fight-or-flight response, which means they may react to pain differently than we do.
- As carnivores with sharp teeth and claws, cats must be able to endure and respond to pain in order to survive in their natural environment; therefore, they might not show their true level of discomfort when feeling pain because this could put them at risk for injury or death.
- While there are some factors that make it difficult to say if cats feel less or more pain than humans (due in part to our vastly different biology), there is still no evidence that cats can’t feel any type of pain whatsoever.
In fact, many scientists believe that cats can sense many types of pain including mechanical pain, heat, cold, light touch/pressure, and deep tissue pain.
If you want to know if your cat feels enough pain for what you’re doing then ask yourself these questions: Am I using an instrument that hurts my cat’s sensitive skin? Am I using anything too cold or hot on my cat’s skin? Does my cat look restless/anxious during treatment?
How you can tell if your cat is feeling pain
It can be difficult to tell if your cat is in pain since they can’t tell us directly. However, there are some signs you can look for that may indicate they’re hurting. For example, cats in pain may cry out when touched, avoid being handled, move less than usual, or hide more often.
If you notice any of these changes in your cat’s behavior, it’s important to take them to the vet to rule out any medical causes. The vet will examine your cat and conduct tests such as blood work and urinalysis to find out what’s wrong.
Treatment usually involves medication and/or surgery, depending on the diagnosis. And fortunately, many diseases that cause chronic pain in humans (such as cancer) don’t typically do so in cats.
So while your kitty might not feel like doing much while they recover from their treatment, they’ll likely still have a bright future ahead of them!