Cats in Pain (How Do You Know? What Do You Do?); Reasons Why Cats Love You; Adding a New Cat into the Home


It’s all about cats from this WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World radio program kicking off here with Dr. Tammy Grubb, board certified anesthesiologist, adjunct professor at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and President Elect International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.

Dr. Grubb a world renowned expert on pain in companion animals begin by explaining that it wasn’t all too long ago when even veterinarians first didn’t recognize pain in cats. In part, this is because cats are so adept at masking pain. It turns out that cats have the same pathways as humans. And cats are suffering from arthritis far more than anyone ever thought.

Dr. Tammy Grubb

Do you think your cat is pain? People often say “the cat isn’t limping” or “the cat isn’t crying” – but this doesn’t mean that the cat is truly suffering.

Dr. Grubb talks about how to use your phone to record video of cats moving at home, up or down stairs and jumping off a piece of furniture. The idea is to catch pain as early as you can.

It turns out that our cats are living longer than ever before, and also 60 percent of cats are overweight or obese – and these factors also play into the number of cats suffering from arthritis.

Dr. Grubb explains the pain cycle and why breaking that cycle can be hugely helpful. Simply put, untreated pain causes more pain.

With all the historic treatments for pain in cats –  and some work better than others and many can’t be used for cats with other medical issues – finally here’s what’s called a monoclonal antibody specifically for felines, called Solensia.  Dr. Grubb explains what Solensia is – an injection and not a pill (cats prefer this and so do people as pilling cats is typically not fun).

You Are Pawsome

HEAR Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey has a new one out, author of YOU are PAWSOME!: 75 Reasons Why Your Cats Love You, and Why Loving Them Back Makes You a Better Human .

Dr. Meg Herron

What about singing silly love songs to your cats? Or calling your cat nicknames? Cooper says these are examples which demonstrate your cat loves you. Certainly, using an interactive toy to play with cats is wildly entertaining.

Introducing Another Cat

Check out veterinary behaviorist Dr. Meghan Herron is the co-editor Decoding Your Cat discusses how to introduce a cat into a home. She offers various helpful tips, which always comes down to going slowly.

Steve also offers an overview of the EveryCat Health Foundation.