7 Signs of Cat Shock

A cat shock occurs when the cardiovascular system doesn't provide enough oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. The shock can be a result of an accident, trauma, injury, poisoning or allergy, extended illness, heat stroke or blood loss. Detecting shock is important, so as to be able to seek immediate attention from your vet. A cat shock can produce serious brain damage and even death.

1. Irregular Heart Rate

A cat in shock has a fast heart rate and a rapid pulse. This may alternate with a weak pulse. If the cat lacks pulse try administering CPR.

2. Confusion, Lethargy and Depression

The cat is not aware of where he is, he doesn't recognize you and the family, and he's lethargic and inactive. The cat does not respond when you want to play and lacks appetite.

3. Pale Skin and Discolored Gums

The skin of the cat will be paler and you will notice that the mucous membranes will be discolored. Take a look at the cat's nose, tongue or gums. The gums will be of a darker pink at first and turn gray afterwards.

4. Poor Circulation

The blood circulation is poor. You can test this by gently pressing a finger against the cat's gums. The area becomes white and it will take more than 2 seconds for the gums to refill with blood.

5. Hypothermia

A cat in shock has a lowered body temperature. You will sense his limbs and paws being colder than usual. Wrap your cat in towels or blankets to keep up his body temperature.

6. Staggering

The cat does not have balance and you will see him staggering, sometimes even falling. The cat will have difficulty standing for too long, and this is another reason why he will be inactive.

7. Rapid Breathing

The cat will breathe rapidly due to the fast heart rate. However, the breaths are shallow. The cat may even stop breathing. If the cat stops breathing, try artificial breathing.

If you notice these symptoms, don't hesitate to contact your vet. Cat shock is a serious condition and may be fatal.

Wrap the cat in a warm blanket to preserve heat and take him to the vet. Keep your calm so as to avoid stressing the cat.

If the cat loses consciousness, make sure that his head is kept lower than his body, and that the airways are clear.

Don't feed or give water to the cat.