Cat Tourniquet Application

A cat tourniquet is a device that may be used to stop excessive bleeding and is used as a first aid measure. The device can be applied on the arm or the leg and will constrict an artery or a major blood vessel, so that the cat will not bleed excessively before you get to a vet. The application of the tourniquet may be learned and applied when necessary.

Cat Tourniquet Application

The cat tourniquet may be part of your first aid kit and you will need to familiarize with the use of such a piece so that you can use it when needed. The tourniquet is a last resort solution, so only use it if you fail to apply the sufficient amount of pressure on the cut or the wound. The tourniquet may be made of any material, but most typically, you can get a thick dressing, a feminine hygiene pad or a piece of cloth, which should be enough to tie around the dog’s affected area.

You should get a tourniquet and apply it while you transport the dog to the nearest vet clinic. Place a dressing on the cut or wound and apply the tourniquet directly on the wound, on top of the dressing. If the cut is larger, apply the tourniquet 2 to 3 inches away from the wound, as this can stop the blood flow to the wound. Tie the tourniquet around the arm or the limb of the pet and you should also tie a knot, which will keep the tourniquet in place. If this will stop the bleeding, you should place a clean dressing on the wound until you get to the hospital.

When applying the tourniquet, remember to keep your calm; if you are agitated, your cat may be agitated as well and this may increase the blood flow and, consequently, the blood loss. Ideally, the tourniquet should not be left for over 5 to 10 minutes as otherwise, it could cause permanent damage to your cat.

When Is a Tourniquet Needed

A tourniquet may be used if the cat has a cut or a laceration. Bleeding wounds or bites may also require the use of a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. Typically, the tourniquet is only required when the cut is located on a major blood vessel. Cuts that are located on smaller blood vessels may be stopped applying manual pressure.

Cautions When Applying a Tourniquet

The device should be applied only if the bleeding cannot be stopped by applying pressure with your fingers or hands. The tourniquet can cause permanent damage if not applied correctly or left on the wound for too long. Consequently, you should try using manual pressure and apply the tourniquet only as a last resort measure. If the pet still bleeds after applying the tourniquet, you need to rush to an emergency clinic and get veterinarian help.