He's a 13yr old neutered male cat recently diagnosed with oral squamous cell carcinoma and we been advised to prepare for euthanasia. He's been prescribed metacam in a final bid to make his last days more comfortable and we've been informed that Spot "will let us know when it's time"
Needless to say I've trawled the internet. I've got my head around most of it - except where it comes to a cats pain threshold. Obviously, it's vital I understand this so can anyone tell me which if any of these statements are true?
1. Felines posess a higher pain threshold than other animals.

or
2. Felines feel the same amount of pain but express their suffering lessthan other animals ?
Thank you.
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can anyone tell me which if any of these statements are true?

2.

Cats hide pain and illness extremely well, and we often don't see it until it's pretty bad.
Megan
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Absolutely #2 is correct. Cats, by their very nature as predators, will not exhibit pain, in most instances. Some vets are now of the opinion that cats when having surgery should be given pain medication, instead of just thinking they aren't in pain because they don't show it.

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Thank you.
Absolutely #2 is correct. Cats, by their very nature as predators, will not exhibit pain, in most instances. Some vets ... having surgery should be given pain medication, instead of just thinking they aren't in pain because they don't show it.

Thank you.
I understand it must be very difficult to judge, even for the very experienced.
Cats hide pain and illness extremely well, and we often don't see it until it's pretty bad. Megan

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Absolutely #2 is correct. Cats, by their very nature as ... thinking they aren't in pain because they don't show it.

Thank you. I understand it must be very difficult to judge, even for the very experienced.

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Absolutely #2 is correct. Cats, by their very nature as ... thinking they aren't in pain because they don't show it.

Thank you. I understand it must be very difficult to judge, even for the very experienced.

Yes, it most definitely is. Good luck with your kitty. I'm very sorry to hear Spot is so ill.
Lauren

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Yes, it most definitely is. Good luck with your kitty. I'm very sorry to hear Spot is so ill. Lauren See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm

I'm very sorry too Emotion: sad What a difficult time for you.

Karen
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