What Should I Do if My Cat Needs Emergency Care?
Cats who are severely injured may act aggressively toward their pet parents, so it's important to protect yourself first from injury. Gently place a blanket or towel over the cat's head to prevent biting; then slowly lift the cat and place him/her in an open-topped carrier or box. Take care to support the cat's head and avoid twisting his/her neck in case s/he suffered spinal injury.
Once you feel confident and safe transporting your cat, immediately bring him/her to an emergency care facility. It's also a smart idea to ask someone - a friend or family member - to call the clinic, so the staff expects you and your cat.
What Are Some First Aid Treatments I Can Perform on My Cat?
Most emergencies require immediate veterinary care, but first aid methods may help you stabilize your pet for transport.
Should I Perform CPR on my Cat?
CPR may be necessary if you successfully remove the choking source, but your cat is still unconscious. First check to see if s/he is breathing. If not, place him/her on his/her side and perform artificial respiration by extending his/her head and neck, holding his/her mouth closed and blowing gently into his/her nostrils once every 3 seconds. If you don't feel a heartbeat, incorporate cardiac massage while administering artificial respiration - five (5) chest compressions for every respirration - until your cat resumes breathing on hjs/her own.
What Should I Do If My Cat Eats Something Poisonous?
If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435. Trained toxicologists will consider the age and health of your pet, what and how much s/he ate, and make a recommendation - such as whether to induce vomiting - based on the assessment.
If your cat shows any of these symptoms, seek veterinary advice: