The first aid treatments outlined here should be used only until you
can get professional help for your cat.
Always call your veterinarian ahead to alert the
office of an emergency.
Know the number and address of the nearest 24 hr
facility for emergencies that occur when your veterinarian is not in
The best way to carry your cat to the veterinarian
is to wrap her in a heavy towel or blanket.
Serious cut or bite
In cats, most skin
wounds do not bleed profusely unless a larger, underlying blood vessel
is opened. Avoid manipulating the injured area since this can
- Cover the wounded area with a
sterile bandage or clean cloth and apply
- Secure with tape if
necessary. The bandage should stay in place firmly but
- Take your cat to the
- Do not use a tourniquet (it is
not as effective as direct pressure and may
Brain damage can occur if
breathing is interrupted. It is not recommended you
waste valuable time performing artificial respiration or CPR
on your cat unless you are positive you can administer them expertly to
restore normal breathing and heartbeat. It is much safer to
seek immediate veterinary care.
try to set a broken bone yourself.
bleeding, if any, and restrict your cat’s movement while
transporting her to the veterinarian.
the cat’s mouth by pressing on either side of her jaw to see
if the object is visible. Do not tilt the head backwards.
tweezers to remove obvious obstruction. You may use your
fingers also but be careful of being bitten.
the object is not visible do not poke inside her mouth since this may
cause the object to become lodged further.
hold the cat upside down and press sharply on her chest with both
if you remove the object your cat should be checked by the veterinarian for any
damage to the mouth or throat.
Playful cats, especially
kittens that are teething, may chew on electrical cords and this can
lead to electric shock. Electric shock can produce burns on
the tongue, palate, lip folds and corners of the mouth. Your
cat may salivate profusely or have problems breathing.
- Never touch an animal that is touching an
exposed electrical wire.
- Turn off the current then use a dry stick to
get your cat away from the wire.
- Get veterinary help as soon as possible.
- For all eye
injuries, take your cat to the veterinarian promptly.
- Do not let
your cat rub her eyes
- Do not place medicine in your cat's eyes,
unless instructed by your veterinarian.
Your cat can suffer frostbite
on her ears, feet and tail.
Symptoms include: pale, glossy skin which then reddens and becomes
painful to the touch.
- Immediately take your cat into a warm place.
- Thaw out frostbitten areas slowly by applying,
moist towels that are changed frequently.
- Continue until areas become flushed.
- Check with the veterinarian to the severity of
the frostbite since it can result in damage to the affected areas.
occurs in cats left in poorly ventilated, closed vehicles.
Lack of drinking water on a hot day or excessive exercise can also be
panting, foaming at the mouth, extreme agitation and depression or coma.
your cat with cool water and seek veterinary care immediately.
the condition is severe, submerge her in cool water
or place ice packs to her head and neck and get to a vet
If you know or suspect
your cat has swallowed poison call your vet immediately
include vomiting, diarrhea, labored breathing, whimpering, collapse or
your vet immediately for instructions.
- Do not induce vomiting unless the vet
recommends it, since some poisons can be even more harmful to your cat
Shock frequently accompanies
traumatic injuries especially car accidents or serious falls.
Symptoms include semi-consciousness or coma, panting and rapid
breathing, a slow heartbeat and reduced body heat, especially in the
your cat in a blanket to keep her warm and keep her head lower than her
her to the veterinarian immediately.
your cat has encountered a skunk, make sure your cat’s rabies
vaccinations are up to date because skunks can carry rabies.
get rid of odor, wash your cat with tomato juice then give her a bath.