Cat Injury Treatments

A cat injury could be either mild or more severe as in traumatic injuries. It's important to know a few first aid procedures to perform in the case of common cat injuries. Some injuries such as fractures or wounds that are bleeding profusely may require emergency medical help and first aid shouldn't replace medical assistance.

Most Common Cat Injuries

  • Choking on foreign objects
  • Broken legs or limbs
  • Cat that has fallen from a height
  • Cat poisoning
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Injury from cat fights or animal bites

Treatment for Various Cat Injuries

If your pet is choking on an object you should promptly help her as the cat could pass out very quickly or suffocate. The cat will exhibit signs of gagging, coughing and wheezing. The first thing to do is call your vet or animal emergency care service. You may alternatively try to help your pet by opening the mouth wide and holding the tongue down with one hand. Look for the object and try to gently remove it with tongs if you spot it. If you cannot see the object, avoid further discomfort to your pet and seek medical help. The Heimlich maneuver is used to remove lodged objects. You may perform the Heimlich only if trained to do so.

Broken Legs or Limbs

Cats with broken bones may be unable to walk or stand. Before taking the cat to the vet, examine the site and check for protruding bones, open cat wounds or swelling. If your pet has an open wound along with the fracture, gently wash the wound with water. Without applying any medication, hold the wound down with a clean cloth. It's important to minimize movement in pets with broken bones. Hold a folded towel under the broken limb and transport your pet to a doctor. Consider asking friends or neighbors for help as it could be a challenging experience.

Injuries from Falling from High Places

If your pet has just fallen from a high ledge or a height, examine your pet's body and look for open wounds. If you notice cat blood on the ground where you're pet fell, it's likely your cat is bleeding. The cat may be agitated and suffering from nervousness. Speak to your pet in a reassuring tone and if you notice any broken bones follow the same procedure as you would for fractures.

Cat Poisoning

Due to the curious nature of cats, accidental ingestion of poisonous or toxic substances may be fatal. If you suspect poisoning in your cat, look for the type of poisonous or toxic substance that you're pet may have ingested or come in contact with through the skin. If it's a skin related toxin, wash the site with plenty of water to prevent further absorption. Poisonous substances that are ingested are generally removed with induced vomiting. Call the animal poisoning emergency care. Follow the instructions to either induce vomiting or provide aid. Although vomiting is the best first aid treatment, it shouldn't be performed on pets showing signs of difficulty breathing.

Seizures or Convulsions

Dogs suffering from seizures show uncontrolled body movements like shaking or leaping in the air. When your pet suffers from a seizure avoid sticking a spoon or objects in his mouth. Often several seizures occur consecutively. Remove all objects around your dog that may harm him during the seizure. Note down how long the seizure lasts and the various symptoms exhibited. Since seizures cut off oxygen from your pet's brain, diagnosis and medication is vital. Don't panic as the cat may already be in a state of fright and requires a calm environment.

Injury from Cat Fights or Bites

Cleaning cat wounds after a cat fight is necessary to prevent infection. If the wound is minor, carefully clip the fur around the wound and flush it with water and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Avoid applying any medication. Hold the wound down with a clean napkin to stop bleeding. Take your pet to the doctor as open wounds require both cat medication and dressing. Stitches are necessary for deeper wounds.

Remember to stay calm and contact your vet if you're in doubt. Always keep animal emergency and vet numbers at hand and ask friends for help if you can't handle the situation alone.