If you’re here to find out if our furry little friends can get headaches then your answer is yes! Well, we think so… there is no clear-cut evidence for cats getting headaches and it's not like we can ask them.
However, vets believe that they can get three types of headaches: tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches. If you think your cat is suffering from one of these, then there are things you can do to help.
DETERMINE IF YOUR CAT HAS A HEADACHE
As humans we have the ability to communicate if we are feeling unwell, sadly our furry friends don't have this luxury, so we need to be on the lookout for them.
What Is A Headache?
A headache is most commonly known to be pain or discomfort inside your head or around your face.
What Do Headaches Look Like In Cats?
Due to cats’ survival l instincts, they tend to seclude themselves when they are feeling unwell because they don’t like to show weakness. Therefore, they hide their pain from us.
This is why it is important to look out for any changes in your cat's behavior because otherwise, we may miss when they are suffering from a headache in silence.
Behaviour Changes to be on the look-out for:
In general, look for any changes to your cat's usual behavior, because this will help determine that something is wrong.
Causes Of Headaches In Cats
Similar to us humans, there are many reasons why your cat could be suffering from a headache.
How To Treat A Cats Headache?
Just like we would treat our own headaches, pain medication can be given to our cats to help treat their headache. Although, this should not be done without consulting with your vet prior.
A vet will be able to diagnose what is wrong with your cat, and hopefully discover the trigger. They will be able to conduct an exam and run blood tests or scans.
Medications that are generally safe for cats include; Corticosteroids, Opioids, Gabapentin, and Amitriptyline. But, please consult your vet before offering your cat any of these medications.
If you're wanting a way to initially help your cat before seeking medical advice, a kind way to help your little friend is to find a dark place, that's nice and cool, as well as quiet.
Bright lights will only make a headache worse, especially if it's a migraine. Offering a dark relaxing atmosphere will help your cat to relax and heal.
Make sure you keep your cat fed and hydrated. Offering some gentle petting may also help your furry friend to calm down and feel better.
How To Prevent A Cats Headache?
The best way to prevent your cat from having a headache is by keeping it healthy as possible. This can be done by making these regular checks on your cat:
Don’t let them skip meals, cats will starve themselves if they don’t like the food you’re giving them. They’re fussy and very stubborn animals.
Make sure they like the food that you feed them, to ensure they get the nutrients they need to live a healthy lifestyle.
Dehydration is a common issue in cats and causes many problems for their health. Many cats ignore the water in their drinking bowl because they are only attracted to running water.
So consider buying your cat a water fountain or introducing them to your kitchen tap!
We don’t realize how important it is to play with our cats. Playing keeps their brains and bodies active. Whether it be with catnip, some string, or a toy they love.
Make sure you're taking them to the vet at least once a year so that no irregularities are missed.
Protect Against Parasites
Keeping your cat healthy and itch-free. If you notice any itching, check your cat for ticks and parasites and get them treated as soon as possible.
Parasites can lead to stress, which of course we know leads to headaches.
Does Your Mood Affect Your Cats Health?
Yes. Cats are extremely mood sensitive. They know when we are sad, they know when you are happy, they know when we are angry and they know when we are stressed.
Your home is your cat’s colony, therefore emotional signals are important because any signs of distress will have a lasting effect on your cat.
Our stress can therefore be passed on to our little fury friends, which as a result could cause a headache!
Managing our emotions, will not only help our own emotional well-being and physical health, but it will help our cats' health too.
Our furry friends sadly can get poorly in the same way that we can, and unsurprisingly their headaches are caused by the same things that cause our own headaches.
There are always ways to treat headaches, but the most important thing for cats is to try and avoid the cause of the problem.
By keeping your cat well-fed, hydrated, clean, and happy, your furry friend is unlikely to suffer from a headache.
At Love4Cats, our practice involves consistent collaboration with licensed veterinarians and reputable industry experts. However, it's important to note that the content provided on Excited Cats is not intended as veterinary advice. While we strive to enhance your understanding of feline care, the information presented on this blog should not replace professional veterinary guidance.