Emergency Care

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  • Why is my cat having trouble breathing
    Why is my kitty having trouble breathing She was sneezing and her eyes was watering and she had like water spit coming from her mouth did she eat something bad? will she die?
  • While cutting off a fur ball I cut my cat
  • My 12 year old female cat is lying on her side unable to stand
    what could be wrong with my cat my 12 year old female cat is lying on her side unable to stand, she can kick her legs but can't get up. She seems to have lost control of her head, seems to be bringing up mucus and chocking and gurgling. Her eyes semm to be constatnly open and not focused- any ideas- I'm sure it's not good. In a rural area and no vets have hours today
  • How can I help my cat who seems to have burned the pad of her paw?
    My cat stepped on the stove top last evening while I was cooking and seems to have burned the pad of her right front paw. She won't let me get near it and she licks it frequently. Is there some salve that I can get to try and put on her burned area and/or is she at risk for infection?
  • Our cat woke up this morning with slight, is this the end
    PJ is only two years old so this is not an issue of age. She has always been "challenged" in that she doesn't appear to have normal coordination and balance of other felines I've had. She overcompensates on her jumps in order to make certain that she lands on something. This morning is unusual ... and when we pick her up she cried loudly as if it hurts but we can't tell where she hurts. We cannot afford "tests" so we just don't know if this is the "end" for her or not. Thanks for advice
  • Abdominal Swelling of a Cat
    I found an injured kitten whose back leg is fractured/dislocated at the hip joint. It has little appetite and part of its abdomen closer to its back legs is swollen. I live in a country where it is difficult to take it to a vet and afford that kind of money. what could be the cause of the swollen abdomen and is it fatal?
  • Male cat had a fight with another cat, my cat is near death
    my 7/8 year old male cat had a fight with another cat, was pretty badly injured at the back, gave her a bath an applied piodine, have been giving him velocef, silver (jondus - second attack in 3 years), tried few other antibiotics (amoxil) but his fever is not subsiding. As a last resort doctors have advised vibramycin and say if this does not work to kill the infection or decrease the temperature then they don't have any thing else. Please advice
  • My cats fur on the end of tail I think was ripped off by the door
    My 1 yr old Siamese tries to dash out our doors and I think he was waiting near our back door and sometimes our door slams. We noticed his end of tail my cats fur on the end of tail I think was ripped off by the door
  • My 3yr old daughter fell on top of our 3 month old kitten
    My 3yr old daughter fell on top of our 3 mo old kitten, she is limping and seems to be favoring her left hip. She can walk and run but again she uses her leg gingerly and keeps laying down after moving. I do not think anything is broken and she does not seem to be in pain when I palpate her leg but does seem uncomfortable when I palpate her hip. Does this sound like just a bruising or does she need to go to a vet?
  • Cat is laying down then it starts breathing heavily
    what does it mean if a cat is laying then it starts breathing heavily,poops where it is still laying and started drooling i dont know its a emergency
  • What is an appropriate temperature for the hot compress on a cat
    hot compress. how hot? My cat recently got in a fight, and he has an open wound on his tail. I have been applying hot compresses but am unsure if it is too hot. What is an appropriate temperature for the hot compress, and how long do I apply it?
  • Is an ER visit necessary for sneezing kitten?
    We recently added an 8 month female kitten from the local humane society to our home. She has started to sneeze and has her right nostril appears to be red. Does she need to see ER Vet or can I wait until Monday? It also appears she is trying to cough up a hairball with no success.
  • My kitten fell off a 2 story floor
    and now has a swollen (i think) leg.... she doesn't eat, she doesn't walk properly.. what should i do???
  • Kittens fur tail was skinned off, how to treat it
    My kittens tail got caught up in a fan and her fur was skinned off her tail. What do I need to do to treat it?
  • Cat accident with worrying brain symptoms
    My kitten had an awful accident this morning and is now at the vets, but I have just been told that he has fluid pressing on his brain causing him to have some worrying symptoms, is this something he has a chance of recovering from? or is the damage now permanent?
  • Cats with seizures from Seargants Flea and Tick Drops for dogs?
    We have 2 cats and each was given aprox. 1mg of Seargants flea & tick drops for dogs about 4Pm today, (10 hours ago). Both have been very sick and have had seizures. We thought the medicine was for cats. Both are about 5 years old. What can I do for them until a vet is open?
  • Cat injury: survived a coyote attack
    Cat survived a coyote attack (is 12hours post attack), can not see any puncture points. Cat had some blood around the mouth and has broken some toenails. Seems very tired, not wanting to be touched, but stays close. Used the litterbox and drank some water, and cleaned himself somewhat. Can walk around, but is bothered by the broken toenail. Budget is tight, not sure if it is necessary that he go to the vet. How should I know when it is necessary to take him in? Should he be quarantined?

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