15 Mar My cat has been injured, what do I do?
Cats as you know, are relatively quiet animals. Unlike your dog that may be overexcited and getting into everyone’s business, you’re less likely to worry about what your cat get’s into. But accidents do happen. Being prepared for any sudden illness and/or injury is half the battle. Here is some online vet advice for you, during a cat emergency.
Each situation is unique and different, so you need to deal with your cat’s issues according to circumstances. Here are three common steps to help you cover and basic injury issues: identification of injuries, calling the vet, and how to transport your pet safely.
Online Vet Advice #1 – Identify injuries
Never immediately move your injured cat. Keep calm and assess the situation. Make sure that the threat gone if another animal was involved. Is there any bleeding? Broken limb(s)? Is your cat conscious? Are they breathing? Check their baseline vitals – heart rate, respiratory rate and temperate.
Identify all apparent symptoms before calling for help.
Online Vet Advice #2 – Call the vet
Just as you would pick up the phone to call 911 in an emergency, call your vet immediately. Even if they’re not in the office, there may be a staff member who can help you or guide you to the nearest pet clinic.
Be clear in describing the incident, injuries and current behavior of your pet. Give the vet all the details, as they might give you some instructions to follow at home before bringing your cat to them.
Online Vet Advice #3 – Gently transport them
Injured cats are usually frightened cats. They can become aggressive, biting and scratching you in fear. Protect yourself and them from further injury by talking to them in a calm, soothing voice. Use a thick towel to help gently lift and restrain them. You can also try coaxing them into a cat box with encouraging words and treats.
You can transport your cat to the vet in either a towel or a cat box. Try going with whatever you and your pet feel most comfortable with. If they’re used to traveling in a cat box, then it might be the better option for the car ride to the vet.
Online Vet Advice #4 – Prevention
It’s important to set some ground rules at home that will help prevent your cat from getting hurt in the first place.
Make sure to keep them away from any harmful things like toxic substances. Store rat poison and other dangerous chemicals in tin containers that are difficult to open or break. Make sure you store them in hard-to-reach places as well. If your cat is an indoor dweller, remember to keep windows shut to the outside and make sure your family always shuts the door behind them. Cats are naturally outdoor creatures, but domestic cats can easily hurt themselves if let out and get lost.