8 Have you recently observed any of the following behavioural signs of pain or general illness in your cat? (Tick all that apply.):
■ Reduced or increased eating and/ or drinking.
■ Rapid weight loss or weight gain.
■ Difficulty or pain when toileting (either urine and/or faeces).
■ Sickness and/or diarrhoea.
■ Certain parts of their body becoming sensitive (i.e. your cat might shout at you or give you a swipe or nibble if you try to touch those areas).
■ A general reduction in grooming or grooming one part of their body excessively.
■ A reduction in their movement and general activity levels.
■ Avoiding strenuous activities such as jumping up.
■ Hiding away and general avoidance
of people/other animals.
■ Moodiness or irritability.
■ Lethargic, depressed, or withdrawn; reduced interested in things they used to enjoy.
■ Frequent, unpleasant, or urgent-sounding meows, groaning, hissing, growling, and yowling.
■ Sudden changes in posture, including more tension, crouching, and hunching, lowering of the head and gaze.
■ Ears pressed down the sides of their head, tension around the nose, tense ‘squinted’ eyes, cheeks and whiskers appearing tense or compressed.
HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU NOTICED ANY OF THESE SIGNS?
A Definitely none of them.
B Pretty sure none of them.
C One of them.
D Two of them.
E More than two of them.