Either way, moving kittens around to different locations is normal behavior. Common reasons why your cat may cower and want to avoid the public spotlight include one or more of the following conditions: a medical problem, pain, fear or stress. Often the cat will then seem to be fine for a few days. posted by HuronBob at 7:06 AM on February 19, 2012 . If you notice any swells or fluid being drained in the area then a veterinarian should take care of those since they are signs of infection and antibiotics are recommended. Introducing the Soap Scoop podcast! I took them to the vets and they both got a shot of antibiotics and painkillers and were much better after that although the little girl had to go back a week later for longer lasting antibiotics as she was still a bit under the weather. It is also quite possible that since he is hiding because he is injured. She was not moving and obviously in pain. X-rays might be required to see what went wrong if the cat goes through terrible pain but fractures are rarely present since cats don’t have so much strength. Learn the basics of cat wound care to help your cat immediately after an injury and while she's recovering from veterinary treatment. After cat fight, my cat is hiding/missing in vacant home. How long after being scratched/bitten can I wait to go into the vet? Play fighting can, on occasions, escalate and any hissing or screeching could indicate that one is getting a little too rough for comfort. Hiding in inappropriate spots . ... but it was after a dog fight? In some cases, however, a cat or dog can take off in search of safety if there is a perceived threat in your environment. Welcome to the Digital Spy forums. However, the breaths will be shallow. Cat behavior is complex, so be patient. Fleas Both were very traumatised. How old is your cat and how long have you had her? Not knowing what to expect while your kitty's recovering can make this even worse. Lameness (limping) Difficulty jumping. Registered in England. Wrap a towel or a coat around the pet and bring them to the nearest vet if they have some of the problems mentioned above, but if the wounds are not on the face, neck or abdomen and aren’t bleeding excessively then you can use some warm water to clean them first. 2. Use drains, stitches, bandages or wound ointments, depending on the case and don’t forget about the recommended medicine such as antibiotics or painkillers. Hope the cat is ok. If they are sure she has been in a fight she will probably have been bitten --> absesses. Cat fight wounds are relatively easy to treat with antibiotics if they are caught early. Again, this is normal and quite fun for your cat. We once had a cat hide out for a couple of weeks after a (to him, at least) "terrible event". Better safe than sorry with cat fights. Lots of cats do this as an instinct of survival. Anxiety & Fear Reactions Can Cause a Pet to Run Away. As an automatic mechanism of the body, the third eyelid will appear to cover the cats’ eyes to protect it. For example, if a cat has been badly wounded they may hide in silence. A disease we worry about in cats that get stressed and won’t eat is called Fatty Liver Disease – or “Hepatic Lipidosis“. After the … An injured cat will also hide themselves away so they can recover. Reaction to palpation (touching) Withdrawn or hiding. Cat was taken to the vet's yesterday evening (they had to do the old towel trick to get her in the basket. To calculate your cat's breathing rate, count the number of times your cat's chest rises (inhaling) or falls (exhaling) in … The girl had a scratch on her nose and a sore behind and her brother had a sore behind and bleeding toe and wouldn't stop crawling along on his tummy (when I found him I thought he may have been run over). last night (around almost exactly 11:00 pm), he snuck out of the house and got into a fight in my backyard with another neighborhood cat. Listen now for interviews with the biggest soap stars and all the latest spoilers - available on every major podcast app . These wounds can remain hidden by hair. Some cats love to hide in boxes or paper bags that you leave lying around the place. Recognizing an Injured Cat. A cat in shock will take more than 40 breaths per minute. We came home late and she scarpered out the cat flap, obviously very spooked. Give them space if they need it and love during the rest of the time and make sure that you prevent these types of incidents from happening again. Out in the wild, moving kittens helps hide them from predators who might locate the babies by their scent. Behavioural signs a cat is dying: Hiding; Changes in cognitive function such as confusion ... but with the added complication of wanting to fight for our cats, clinging to hope and not wanting to let go, it becomes a very complex and difficult decision. Cats fight for many reasons like fighting for territory, for female cats or just because of being aggressive. Some wounds will be immediately visible but others might not be noticed and can be just as bad. The hardest part of feline injury management is cats' tendency to hide their pain. Thread starter ptotheatsign; Start Date Mar 7, 2017; Mar 7, 2017 #1 P. ptotheatsign TCS Member Thread starter. Your cat may be sleepy, inactive, \"out of it\" -- in a word, she's … Hi, my cat hisses,bites,growls,licking her paws,flicker her paws,and runs to hide after playing and touching her front paws and back. All Rights Reserved. Due to extremely acute hearing, both cats and dogs tend to be naturally terrified of loud noises such as thunder, fireworks, gunshots, or even a car backfiring. More quiet cats can become clingy or demanding and the fear of strangers that all cats seem to share can become heightened when a cat is sad. There will also be a rapid recovery to normal after play fighting and … They should take her to the vet asap. Nutritional supplements and pheromones may help with stress and fear but medications may be needed to treat an illness or pain. My cat was in a fight with another cat on Friday night. If you’d like to join in, please sign in or register. My cat just got into a fight with a neighbor's cat. Cats withdraw suddenly from life and hide the day away when something is just not right in their universe. Kitten. They will see you panic and they will do the same so if you remain calm they will also be more relaxed. It is still recommended to go to the vet since you might not notice everything they do. Injured Cats Will Also Hide Away. If your cat stops breathing, perform CPR immediately. Your cat doesn’t need to be displaying all of these signs of pain for it to be a potential problem. Their emotions will be unstable at the time so check for signs of excessive fear or anxiety and try to give them more attention than before since that will help them heal. Rogue User Posts: 6101. A lot of things can happen to a cat after they went through an altercation with another cat so here is what you must know about cat behaviour after fight. For example, one cat may confront a strange dog by hissing, spitting, and puffing out his fur to make himself look big. The two cats exploded into a full fight, up on their back legs, screaming. A cat fight is actually a natural behavior, and the key to get a cat fight to stop is to understand why the cats are fighting in the first place. Cats who have been in fights with other cats should see the vet sooner rather than later. A naturally timid cat may be afraid of many things and spend a lot of her life in hiding, while a naturally confident cat will be less fearful and will usually recover more quickly from scary events. If you see symptoms of lethargy, heavy bleeding, puncture wounds, swellings or lumps on their skin or if the cat is limping then you need to take the cat to a veterinarian to assess the damage. It might surprise you but many cat owners don’t realize that the cats they adopted don’t get along and the tensions can lead to aggression. The fact she is so shocked, hiding and hissing after several hours (plus limping) means she is probably in pain rather than just frightened. it was pitch black so i couldn't see anything, i only heard screeching, hissing, and growling outside my window. But if your cat is hiding, make sure it is in a … It might surprise you but many cat owners don’t realize that the cats they adopted don’t get along and the tensions can lead to aggression. Caring For Your Animal in the Aftermath of a Fight Follow your veterinarian's instructions. These might lead to some restrictions for food, water or exercise and also their interaction with other pets might not be recommended for a while so take measures for each of these steps. Keep in mind, any one of the 25 signs of cat pain listed below are sufficient to diagnose pain. They will normally cause severe abscesses which can appear soon after a fight. Cats can lose their dignity if they lose a fight and can sit and brood over things, also there may be some slight pain from the scratches and that may be why your cat is now quiet, this will pass. He hates strangers and is very shy I think it would stress him out to much to take him to the vet. Cats in surgical recovery may experience temporary behavioral changes. ... Make sure the cat has food, water, and a litterbox in the bathroom and leave him be for a while . I have a bit of predicament … If you or another human was injured when trying to break up the fight assess the injuries which can be life threatening and if there are any then call 911 right away. Your main consideration is the scratches as these can easily become infected. ©2020 Hearst UK is the trading name of the National Magazine Company Ltd, 30 Panton Street, Leicester Square, London, SW1Y 4AJ. Abnormal gait. My cat got into a fight and has been hiding for 2 days he seem to have hurt his back can I give him asprin or some kind of pain med? They declawed her as a kitten. The emotional signs exhibited by a cat that has been intentionally mishandled or abused can vary greatly from those found in a cat that has been hurt in a fight, or a cat that has hurt itself by accident. There isn't much point in them trying to examine her, cat bites are often invisible (even on pale cats) a few hours later. As with humans, cats will change their habits during their lifetime. When cats fight, they inflict deep wounds by biting with their canine teeth. Also these symptoms happens when during cold weather. You may notice that your cat acting strangely after a fight. Another article that might be helpful is about “The Finicky Feline“. In this case I don’t think your cat is being finicky – just stressed but the information in this article has tips on getting cats to … Please let us know how she gets on. After reviewing the most common reasons why our cat is acting weird, one other thing we need to take into account is their stage of life. It’s often in a dark, cozy place, like under the bed, or in the back of a closet where a fallen coat can provide comfort and warmth. Then the absess arrives! Cat hiding behavior is not unusual and is a normal feline response. was the vet sure it was a cat? Train a Cat to Use the Toilet- The Easy Way. The last thing you want to do after your cat had a fight is offer them a new trauma by scolding them. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Clingy or hiding or changes in personality: A sad cat may lose interest in the activities that used to engage him, become reclusive, and hide. For example, after kittens open their eyes and begin to walk, they will start to play energetically. Joined Mar 7, 2017 Messages 6 Reaction score 1. 15th August 2012 19:30 Hey - my husband found our little cat outside this morning lying on the path outside the door. Female cats tend to hide a few days before giving birth. That's because their wild side is programmed to avoid showing weakness. Sending your furry best friend into the operating room is stressful under any circumstance. She might be hiding if she is injured and feeling vulnerable. Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by ... is that you take her to be checked by your vet,she may have an abscess under one of the injuries ,these are very common after a cat bite.The fact that she doesn't seem to want to eat would worry me. I broke up the fight, but my cat was spooked and wouldn't come to me, so I haven't had a chance to look her over. I took her to the vet on Saturday morning and she was cleaned up, given pain killers and antibiotics but the injuries only seemed to be superficial. What have you done to try to catch her? There is no reason to break a play fight if it continues at this level. Big mistake. Some cats move their kittens nearly every day, while others only do it if they get frightened or disturbed. The fact she is so shocked, hiding and hissing after several hours (plus limping) means she is probably in pain rather than just frightened. Only you know your cat and what is normal for him. Behavioral change in a cat is highly dependent upon the type of injury that it sustained. There are many stories of owners finding their cats tucked away somewhere in the garden and sometimes in the house after they have been hit by a car. Knowing which ones signal danger can keep you both more comfortable. DIGITAL SPY, PART OF THE HEARST UK ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK. Cat got attacked / had fight and won't stop hiding ... please help! i made an account just so i could ask this, ive been really worried about my cat the past 24 hours or so. I am guessing she will need to go to the vet to get any bites/scratches attended to. As the wounds are healing, check on them and clean the area with warm water and soap from time to time. As someone who is trying to give my kittens a twice a day for 5 days course of antibiotics id give anything to have had this option!! Glad to hear she's on the mend. Reluctance to move. A lot of things can happen to a cat after they went through an altercation with another cat so here is what you must know about cat behaviour after fight. My two got into a fight recently with the neighbour's cats - all six of them had circled upon the two of them. What happens after my cat has been bitten? Even if the aggression was with another cat, the fact that the cat went through a fight is as traumatizing for them as it would be for us. He is a indoor cat a stray cat got in my house and fought him. Forums > WOL Furry Friends > Cat injured after fight; is hiding in bush and won't come in. That is important to prevent further altercations. 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