Cats do not metabolise pain relief drugs well, therefore home remedies for cats are excellent for pain relief. Signs of pain in cats are subtle and hard to notice. Most commonly your cat will be reluctant to move, eat less and groom more. Some cats also hiss or growl when you touch a painful spot. Others just become unresponsive to your affection. Some cats become aggressive and belligerent when in pain while others may carry their ears lower and meow a lot.
There are two types of pain – temporary (acute) and persistent (chronic). Acute pain results from sudden damage to any of the major organs, muscles or bones through accidents or sudden organ inflammation. Arthritis and cancer are the most common causes of chronic pain. It is hard to judge the severity of your cat’s pain and some cat’s can tolerate more pain than others.
This article focuses on pain relief for acute pain. For remedies for chronic pain read the article on Home Remedies for Cats with Arthritis.
Some herbs are excellent for soothing pain and reducing swelling of wounds, bites, insect stings and other minor injuries and skin allergies. Apply horsetail poultices alternated with compresses of Swedish bitters to the affected area and give four dropperfuls of a chamomile and catnip tisane six times a day. To make the tea, infuse one teaspoonful of the mixed herbs in 150 ml of water for one minute.
Homoeopathic remedies like arnica are also useful to reduce pain. Arnica will help with minor bruises or muscle strains. You can buy arnica in chemists or online.
Other home remedies
If your cat has a visible injury and consequent swelling you can use an ice pack on the area to bring the swelling down.
Pain can interfere with your cat’s immune system, increase the risk of infections and slow the healing of wounds. Controlling pain therefore allows your cat to get well sooner, so it is best to give pain relief remedies early and the above natural and home remedies for cats in pain will bring effective relief for your cat.
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