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Even if you are doing everything you can to keep your feline safe and secure, accidents can still take place. While it is common sense to take your feline to the vet as soon as possible, you may have to perform first aid to prevent the injury from getting worse. These skills will be useful when your feline meets with an accident during the middle of the night. But first, you need to know when your feline needs emergency care.Signs
If your feline is displaying the following symptoms, you need to provide emergency care immediately.
- Difficulty in standing
- Excessive bleeding
- Pale gums
- Loss of consciousness
- Difficulty in breathing
- Body temperature changes
- Rapid or weak pulse
To provide emergency care, you need to know how to perform these three life-saving techniques.Heimlich maneuver
If your feline has an object lodged in its throat, try to see if you can take it out with your fingers. If you are unable to remove the object and your cat is losing consciousness, you need to perform the Heimlich Maneuver. Lay you feline on its side and place one hand on its back and the other on its belly. The hand that is placed on the belly should give sharp and fast pushes. See if any foreign object comes out of the feline’s mouth. Continue to perform the mirror till the object gets dislodged.CPR
If you feline is unconscious after you remove the foreign object from its throat, you need to perform CPR. Before you begin the procedure, you need to check if your feline friend is breathing. Pull the tongue to the front and close the mouth gently. Ensure that the neck is straight before breathing short puffs of air into its nose. Look at the chest as you are blowing air to see if it is rising. Check for a pulse or heartbeat to see if CPR is working. If CPR doesn’t work, you will need to perform artificial respiration to your feline. Place your hands on either side of its chest and compress it 15 times with 10-second intervals till your feline starts breathing.Covering wounds
Try to keep your feline calm and quiet after the accident. You have to place a tight bandage around the wound using strips of cloth. If the blood continues to seep, you have to apply another layer of bandage. Once bleeding has stopped, you need to place cotton wool over the wound and cover it with one more layer of bandage. Secure the bandage with an adhesive tape or bandage and cover it completely.If you know how to do these three things during pet emergency, your feline will be okay at the end of the ordeal. If you have any questions about this topic, feel free to leave a comment below.