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A Cat-tastrophe! What to do in a medical emergency with your cat

You never know when an emergency is going to happen. It is a good idea for all pet owners to know what to do in case of an emergency. You should know how to give your cat CPR (read our blog on Cat CPR) and how to give first aid.

What should I do in an emergency? 

1. First thing to do is keep calm. You need to make sure everyone is safe. Assess your environment and make sure there are no other threats.

2. You want to keep your cat warm and quiet. If possible, wrap them in a blanket to reduce their movement and keep them warm. If they have a broken bone, you should not wrap them up as you can cause more damage. If they are injured, put them in a carrier or a box with a blanket for warmth.

3. Call an emergency vet immediately and get advice on what to do.

4. Put your cat in a carrier with the top removed, or an open cardboard box. You do not want to push your cat into a carrier as that may cause more damage.

5. Get to the veterinary hospital as soon as possible.

How do you restrain your cat?

An animal in an emergency situation may be panicked. This can mean they are disoriented, they may not recognize you, they could be acting completely on instinct. Animals in this situation are dangerous. An animal that is normally very sweet and calm may try to bite or attack.

Use a calm vice.

Drape a towel over their head and then wrap a towel or blanket around their body to pick them up. Be careful about the amount of pressure or strain you are putting on them through the towel or blanket, you do not want to cause additional injury. It is best to leave their head exposed once you have hold of them.

If they do not have any broken bones, you can grab them by the scruff of the neck before wrapping them in a towel.

Is My Cat in Shock?

Depending on what has happened, your cat can go into shock. Severe trauma can lead to shock.

Signs of shock:

  • rapid breathing
  • rapid heart rate
  • weak pulse
  • pale gums or lips
  • lethargy
  • cold legs and ears
  • vomiting

Do not think that if you cat is showing signs of shock that they are ok. Shock can be life threatening and you need to get them to a vet quickly.

In any emergency, the first thing you need to do is call your vet so you can get instructions on how to handle the situation.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.