Quite literally, cats have nine lives, so thanks to their physique and maneuverability, they are pretty “robust” animals. But even girls can get hurt. Often, even a tilted window, which especially cats use “snatching” to cause dangerous injuries. Even in the kitchen, your Stubentiger injured faster than you love. It is enough for a sentence on the stove while you cook. As fast as the kitty has burned the paw, you usually can not respond. But what to do when it comes to a medical emergency?
First aid yes, but then as soon as possible to the vet
Burn wounds can – as in humans – be supplied with ice packs, cold water or cold packs. It is recommended to rinse the dripping area with cold water for 10 to 20 minutes and to cover any open burns with sterile gauze bandages or fresh towels. A burn ointment should not be applied. After that, the cat should definitely go to the vet, as even a small burn can be a shock.
Even if the kitty may have eaten something that might be toxic (for example, gnawed on houseplants) or has an eye injury, the doctor should always be consulted as soon as possible. The first care you can make yourself with a well-equipped emergency pharmacy (for example, cover open wounds). But before any injuries ignite or the shock in the worst case leads to the death of the cat, you should leave everything else to the expert.
First aid in cats: respiratory distress & cardiac arrest
In humans, after an accident or shortness of breath usually mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is used, in the animal world – at least in the cats – there is the mouth-to-nose ventilation.
In case of respiratory arrest, you should first open the mouth and pull out the tongue slightly – if foreign bodies or vomit are in the throat, they must be removed, so that the airways are free. If the animal is unconscious and needs to be ventilated, it closes the mouth with his hand and gently stretches the animal’s neck. It’s best to have someone assist you, who also keeps the cat’s head careful. Then fold your hands to the funnel and blast air into the nose every three seconds. Please do not blow too hard. The chest of the cat should be easy to lift.
In case of cardiac arrest (always check on the lateral chest and on the pulse on the inside of the thigh!) You must make a heart massage. Place the left hand flat on the chest of the animal (at the level of the elbow joint) and press in quick succession about five to ten times with two fingers of the right hand on your left. Thereafter, the animal should be ventilated twice mouth-to-nose, before you can check the heartbeat again.
Emergency pharmacy for cats
Just as for us humans, it makes sense to buy a first aid box for cats. There is either in the well-stocked retailers, your veterinarian or you can put it yourself. Here you will learn what should be included in the emergency pharmacy.
However, you should never try to play vet and just want to save money – the first aid kit is only for emergencies and does not replace the visit to Uncle Doc!