First Aid for Cats

First Aid for Cats

Justin Wimpole

Language: English

Pages: 92


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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This book contains clear, informative illustrations, requires no previous knowledge or special equipment and covers a wide range of situations where first aid may be needed. First Aid for Cats is a vital resource that will be invaluable in case of an emergency. Justin Wimpole is an experienced veterinarian and author of the best seller First Aid for Dogs

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seconds. Do not attempt mouth-to-nose breathing on a conscious cat or one that is breathing for itself. If your cat has stopped breathing, you may be able to stimulate spontaneous breathing by stimulating an acupuncture point known as Jen Chung or GY 26. This is located on the nose. To stimulate GY 26 you should insert a needle (ideally sterile) several millimetres into this point and move it around while continuing to monitor for improvements in your cat’s breathing (see picture on next page).

it to see your veterinarian immediately. Hypothermia starts to become a more serious concern below 36°C and if your cat’s temperature is below this for any reason you should take it to see your veterinarian. You can start re-warming your cat on the way to the veterinary hospital. If your cat’s temperature is between 37 and 37.5°C you probably do not need to do anything to actively warm it, at least initially. You should take it to a warm place and perhaps cover it with a blanket. If its

temperature is below 37°C you should check them for signs of shock as described in Assessing the Feline Emergency Patient on page 41. You should be more aggressive with your warming efforts the colder your cat is. If your cat is wet you should dry its coat with a warm hair drier held at least 30 centimetres away from it. You can also wrap your cat in a blanket or towel or use a ‘space’ blanket if you have one. Bubble wrap packing material is a good insulator that you can wrap a cold cat in,

These products are typically labelled for use in dogs only and should never be used for cats. Cats are secretive animals so they have usually ingested a poison long before you realise. The first thing you notice is the effect of the poison. This often means that any first aid efforts should be directed towards supportive care and taking the cat to a veterinarian rather than decontamination efforts such as inducing vomiting, because this is unlikely to be beneficial so long after the ingestion.

seek immediate veterinary attention if the trauma causes obvious bleeding, severe injuries such as broken bones or exposed internal organs, difficulty breathing, paralysis, pain or altered consciousness. Difficulty breathing Difficult or laboured breathing at rest is always an emergency. It is important to realise that once a cat shows evidence of difficulty breathing, the problem is severe. There are many causes of breathing difficulty and it is often hard to determine what is causing the

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