It is not difficult to notice if a cat is in pain sitting on its bum because these animals spend a lot of time in a sitting position. The appearance of the first signs of pain in the back of the pet’s body is almost always accompanied by a piteous meow and restless behavior. Much attention is paid to this symptom in cases where the cat has recently been in an accident or fallen from a great height. It is more difficult when it has unrestricted access to the street and the owner may not even know that his pet has been in trouble.
What is not to fear?
It would be correct to advise caution about any symptoms in which the cat can’t sit on bum. But before drawing any conclusions, you should carefully examine the cat for obvious signs of the source of the pain. If none is found, the areas that are a potential source of pain can be palpated. If the animal is acting restless when pressing on the tail or the back of the thigh, the following problems may be the cause:
- Injury. Which the animal can get while playing with other animals, climbing trees or high grass. This is especially true in the areas that are most stressed while sitting. You can tell if a pet has a problem by its restless behavior and increased attention to the problem area. This most often manifests itself in constant licking of the injured area. If possible, you should treat the wound with antiseptic and cover it with a dressing, so that the pet cannot lick it. This will speed up healing. If the wound won’t heal or is constantly bleeding or festering, you should see your veterinarian for antibiotic therapy and a selection of effective anti-inflammatory and healing ointments.
- Foreign body. A splinter of wood, metal or plastic can get into the back of the thigh or buttocks. This could be wood chips from the floor (if the house has parquet), metal shavings, or shards of plastic. Any of these objects can provoke an inflammatory process if they get under the pet’s skin. Therefore, if a cat has pain in the bum when sit down, you should carefully inspect it for splinters, especially when there are plants with thorns (cacti) in the house. Large splinters can be removed on their own with tweezers, and the wound after removal of the foreign body should be treated with miramistine or chlorhexidine. This will not work with small splinters, especially when there is a purulent process. It is best to see a veterinarian with this problem, because in addition to opening the pus you will need to clean it and remove the splinter with special gripping tools.
- Under favorable circumstances, the events described above do not pose a serious threat to the health of the animal.
What should we be wary of?
Careful consideration should be given to situations that involve recent collisions, falls from heights, or surgical procedures. They may be associated with the following pathologies:
- Fracture. After a violent collision or a fall from a height, if it has a fractured hip or even a small crack in the pelvic bone, the cat won’t sit on bum because of pain. Such cases should not be left to chance, as there is a great risk that the pet will limp for the rest of its life. Therefore, a visit to the veterinarian, x-rays and fixation bandages (if necessary) are mandatory after serious accidents.
- Tumors. Many people will be surprised, but the development of tumors in the anus area in older cats is very common. This refers to the area of the tail and anus, near which all sorts of seals are formed. Usually the owners notice the problem only when the cat is already painful to sit on the butt, because the neoplasm causes not only discomfort, but is accompanied by ulceration, pus and bleeding. In such cases, a comprehensive examination is necessary, which will result in a decision on the necessary treatment (surgery, medication or palliative therapy). First of all, cells are taken from the neoplasm (using a fine needle) for histological examination. After determining the type and nature of the tumor, a decision can be made about treatment. If the tumor is of benign origin, you can forget about the problem after removal. If the tumor is of malignant nature, even a complete excision of the mass and medical treatment does not guarantee a favorable prognosis, because there is always a risk of recurrence. Also malignant tumors are dangerous because they may metastasize and grow into internal organs. With such a course, the prognosis will always be negative, regardless of the age of the animal.
Also, do not forget about bruises and Hematomas, which can also be a reason why a cat has pain in the bum when sitting down. They can appear even after a small fall from the couch.