|Typical Feline Emergencies
are common feline emergencies and what you should do in case
something like this occurs. You should always get
your cat to the vet after any of these situations, even if not
stated in the instructions below. These should be considered "temporary" fixes
to keep your cat alive while in the process of getting help. First
aid care for your cat before/on the way to getting professional
help increases the chances of a positive outcome.
by Car / Fall from Height
to move your cat out of any dangerous area, using a towel
or coat as a stretcher. Put him in a large box or pet
carrier to transport him to the vet. Cats falling out
of high windows is called "high-rise syndrome" and
is all too common - make sure you have secure screens on
all of your windows to prevent this.
your cat accidentally falls into a pool or other body of water,
check to see if it is responding. If not, hold it upside
down, firmly grasping the back legs, and vigorously swing the
cat downward to remove water from the lungs. If he is still
not breathing, perform CPR.
your cat is choking (gasping for air or pawing at its mouth),
attempt to find the object with a flashlight and remove it with
tweezers or a spoon handle.
burns gently with soap and water and then apply a cold compress
for 30 minutes. Cover the burn with a loose bandage and
take it to the veterinarian. Do not apply ice or ointment
directly to the area.
Most common in kittens. If
the cord is still in his mouth, unplug it. If that
is not possible, use a wooden broom handle to remove the
cat away from the live wire. Cats often go into cardiac
arrest - perform CPR if necessary. Take the cat to the vet
immediately. There may be burns around the mouth and pulmonary
edema (fluid accumulation in the lungs) often develops.
tails, and ears are the most common areas affected, and the skin
will appear pale at first (it becomes red, hot, painful and swollen
later). Warm the frostbitten area rapidly by immersing
it in warm water for 15 minutes. Cover the area with a
loose bandage, being careful not to rub the skin, and get to
your veterinarian immediately.
by exposure to cold weather, hypothermia can cause a very slow
pulse and breathing rate, seizures, coma, and death. Give
the cat a warm bath, taking a rectal temperature every 10 minutes. When
the cat reaches 101 degrees Fahrenheit, remove from bath and
wrap the cat in blankets/towels slightly warmed in dryer.
with heatstroke will pant, have bright red gums, and could collapse. Rectal
temperature can hit 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Wrap the cat
in towels soaked in cool (not cold) water to lower its body temperature,
monitoring body temperature every 10 minutes. Stop cooling
when the temperature reaches 103 degrees Fahrenheit.
causes of seizures include heatstroke, low blood sugar, brain
tumors, liver disease, and epilepsy. If your cat has a seizure,
make sure to clear the area so the cat does not hit anything
during the seizure. Don't try to hold the cat's mouth open
- obstruction of the airway by the tongue is not common, and
this could result in an accidental, serious bite. Cats
do not have control of their actions when having a seizure and
could accidentally clamp down and not let go. Provide gentle
restraint during the seizure by holding a light blanket or towel
over the cat. Afterwards, confine the cat and monitor its
breathing and pulse. Call your veterinarian and schedule
an appointment, notifying them of what happened.