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2020 Apr 27

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract

Analgesia: What Makes Cats Different/Challenging and What Is Critical for Cats?


Steagall PV
Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2020 Apr 27.
PMID: 32354487.


Cats have unique anatomic, physiologic, and behavioral considerations that may influence analgesia and pain management. They present specific challenges that require an individualized, feline-specific approach. This article presents an overview of recent advances in feline pain management and their differences in relation to other species and evolves on its future challenges. The main specific anatomy and physiology of the cat and how it may affect analgesia is discussed. Validated pain assessment tools including the UNESP-Botucatu Multidimensional Composite Pain Scale, Glasgow Feline Composite Measure Pain Scale, and the Feline Grimace Scale are summarized.