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Basic first aid for your cat

In the case of an emergency for your cat, you should prepare prior to the accident and stay calm. Here are some suggestions:

Every cat owner should have a separate cat first aid kit in the case of an emergency, it should have:

  • Sharp-point tweezers

  • Digital rectal thermometer

  • Cotton balls

  • Sterile gauze

  • A wound cleanser

  • Eye dropper

  • Antiseptic cleanser

  • Sterile eye wash solution (human version is fine)

  • List of your cat’s medication

  • A number to your local vet and 24hr vet

As a guide, your cats normal functioning heart rate and temperature should be:

  • Temperature: 38˚Celsius

  • Pulse: 160-240 per minute

If ever in need of an emergency, here is a step by step guide on how to test your cat’s temperature: (if your cat is having difficulty breathing, do not check)

  1. Lubricate the tip of the thermometer with a water-soluble lubricant

  2. Hold your cats front legs softly so she doesn’t move anywhere

  3. Gently ease in the thermometer about 1 inch into their rectum and wait till the thermometer beeps.

  4. Remove the thermometer and check their temperature.

Here is a step-by-step guide on what to do in the case of an emergency:

  1. Remove your cats collar and clear her airways so she can breathe. Try placing them on a comfortable bed or pillow.

  2. Clean their nose and throat for any blood or fluids clogged up

  3. Give them CPR if they are not breathing. This means you give them a firm blow on the side of the chest or behind their shoulder.

  4. Use pressure points to control or stop bleeding

  5. Apply a clean dressing to their wound

  6. Keep her warm and calm in a blanket or a box/carrier

  7. Try not to move your furry friend at all. They will automatically assume a position that causes them less pain, like humans.

  8. Transport your cat to the ER and alert your friend or family member so they can help you in this situation.

If you need to check your cats pulse:

Find your cats pulse and press your index finger and middle finger inside of their upper leg. Count the pulse for 15 seconds, then multiply by 4 to get their beats-per-minute. If your cats heart rate is extremely fast, they have gone into shock. If it is very weak and slow, you need to seek immediate veterinary attention.

Regardless, these are steps prior to taking your cat to the vet to make sure they are okay on the ride there.

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