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Cat Accidents And Cat Injuries

Cats don't always understand that something is poisonous, or your cat may still be young and not able to judge distance. Your cat may fall and be able to regain its footing, but only within a certain height. A cat falling from a balcony is likely to sustain very serious damage. Cats can be like children and are very venerable to accidents, you should keep an eye on the safety in your home.

You can help your cat, by knowing any first aid and on the spot treatment, that may help your cat before you cat get any medical aid. In some cases, this could mean the difference between life and death. A cat that is frightened or in pain may withdraw, scratch or bite if handled. Should this happen, talk calmly to your cat, keep it warm and comfortable and as confined as possible until professional help arrives. If an emergency should arrive, do not panic and rely on your common sense. You will learn by careful observation to recognize when your cat is in real danger. Prompt first aid is all that is needed, but if you are unsure of the seriousness of a condition, seek professional help straight away. All veterinary practices have to offer 24 hour emergency services. Check with the surgery if there are any special emergency numbers. Let the surgery know of any emergency arrangements as soon as you can.

When you first get your cat, it is a good idea to keep the emergency numbers for the emergency vet near to the phone, as should your cat be ill or injured; in a state of panic you may not remember where you put it, so keep it handy.

A cardboard box is a good carrier in an emergency. Keep the cat warm by covering it with a blanket and call the vet immediately. A good idea is to collate any emergency equipment you might need for you cat and keep it all in one place. Try not to panic and handle the cat as gently as possible.

A Cats First-Aid Kit

Sterile pads and dressings Ear cleaner
Bandages: 2.5 cm and 5cm widths Liquid paraffin
Stretch fabric adhesive strapping Kaolin Mixture
Lint padding or cotton wool roll Antihistamine cream
Antiseptic wipes, cream and lotion Rectal thermometer
Small, blunt-ended scissors Water-based lubricant
Tweezers Eye dropper
Nail clippers 5ml plastic syringe
Medical Collar Surgical gloves
Non-prescription soothing eye drops Sterilizing Agent
Suitable carrier or box  
When To Worry
Obvious or suspected injury from a fall (usually 4m/12 ft, or more) or a road accident
Obvious fractures or dislocations
Profuse bleeding
Choking or respiratory distress
Severe burn or scalding
Collapse or a fit lasting more than a few seconds
Injuries to or foreign body in the eye


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