Historically it was thought that cats perceived pain differently than humans. It was suggested that pain following surgery or injury was beneficial to cats because it limited movement and thus prevented further injury.
Today there is a better understanding of how pain develops and is perpetuated. It is now well established that animals and humans have similar neural pathways for the development, conduction, and modulation of pain.
Because cats have neural pathways and neurotransmitters that are similar, if not identical to those of humans, it is highly likely that they experience similar pain.
Veterinary practitioners have more insight into how most drugs work to modulate pain and how and why a combination of therapies can benefit patients. Untreated pain decreases the quality of life in all patients, and prolongs recovery from surgery, injury, or illness. Current analgesic strategies allow people, and now animals, to live more comfortable lives.
Preventing and managing pain has become a fundamental part of quality and compassionate care at The Cat Care Clinic. Our veterinary team has the responsibility to recognize, assess, prevent, and treat pain.