Pussy First Aid: What to do when your cat gets injured

Many people have a tendency to assume that pets never feel pain or that when they do, the pain is much more bearable than that of injured humans. What should you do when your cat gets injured? What shouldn’t you do? Here are the dos and don’ts of pussy first aid.

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What to do generally

  1. Always keep your cat’s veterinary records in an easily accessible place, not the litter box.
  2. Muzzle the cat if possible before you begin any first aid. Wrapping your cat in a towel will make him easier to handle. Don’t do this if it is vomiting.
  3. Be gentle with your cat and stop any first aid procedure if it becomes more agitated.
  4. Just like you would for humans, try to stabilize the cat before you move him.
  5. Never hug an injured animal as a way of comforting him or her.
  6. Call a veterinarian for whatever situation you can’t handle.

How to handle pussy fractures

Just like human beings, cats too can get their limbs or other bones fractured and will need first aid in such cases before visiting the vet.

  1. Lay your cat on a flat surface
  2. Gently cover your her using some warm clothing
  3. Set the fracture with a home-made splint
  4. Tie the fracture firmly using a bandage like you would a human limb.
  5. Take her to the vet as soon as first aid is done with.

How to handle pussy bleeding

Bleeding animals can worry their owners especially when it is internal. Bleeding from the mouth, nose, and rectum, coupled with sudden collapse indicate internal bleeding and should be reported to a veterinarian as soon as possible. In case of external bleeding, the following can help:

  1. Cover your cat in warm clothing
  2. Press a piece of cloth over the wound and gently apply pressure until the blood starts clotting and bleeding stops.
  3. Disinfect and lightly bandage the injured area to prevent infection. If bleeding doesn’t stop, see a vet without wasting much time.

Burns and scalds

Pussies may still get accidentally burned or scalded by a fire or some corrosive chemical stored in the house. When this happens it is important to understand the nature of the burn.

  1. Cover the injured cat in warm clothing
  2. Drench the burn or scald with large quantities of water
  3. Apply an ice pack and gently press the injured area
  4. Use a strong base such sodium hydroxide if the burn was caused by an acid
  5. Aerate the area to help in faster healing.

Choking

It doesn’t matter whether the pussy choked on a mouse or something else but first aid is necessary when you notice signs of choking.

  1. Look into the pet’s mouth and check whether you can see what is choking it.
  2. Gently pull it out if its visible taking care not to be bitten.
  3. Press the cat’s ribcage gently while laying it on its side.
  4. Firmly strike its rib cage in order to try and expel whatever could be choking it.
  5. Rush your cat to the vet if this fails.

NB: The best way to handle pussy accidents is to minimize their occurrence by making the home as pet friendly as possible!

Disclaimer: The author is a medical practitioner and not a vet and that is why readers are advised to take any injured cats to a vet soon after first aid.

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Born in Kakamega, Western Kenya, Shilaho Wa Muteshi is a published author, a biochemist and reproductive health consultant based in the city of Nairobi. He has more than ten years experience in teaching Public Health, Disease Epidemiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Maternal Child Health and Family Planning, HIV and Aids and many others at College and Undergraduate level. He has also managed various health institutions in Kenya and also runs Smartpen Publishers. He has published two major novels, The Aids Ward, and Remains of Dead Hope. The Aids Ward is based on Dr. Mlachi who must beat a supernatural deadline by finding a cure for Aids before his brother dies. Remains of Dead Hope, depicts the fight of a people against tyranny. The two books are available worldwide via amazon.com, Google's goodreads.com and other major booksellers and stockists. Welcome to your favorite author's blog.

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