CPR and Artificial Breathing For Kittens

CPR and Artificial Breathing For Kittens

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Artificial respiration and CPR for kittens can be a challenging thing to do due to their delicate and small bodies. Although you may not always have to administer Artificial respiration and CPR, knowing how to do that can go a long way in saving the life of your feline friend.


You need to keep in mind that the body of your kitten is very, very delicate. Obviously then you cannot administer CPR and artificial breathing to it in the same way that you would do to a human being. You must be very careful when handling a kitten which is having difficulty in breathing as one wrong move can cost the life your kitten.When you administer CPR and artificial breathing, itโ€™s a good idea to have someone call for professional medical help too.

Preliminary steps:

First, you need to assess if your kitten really needs CPR. Check for its pulse, heart-beat ad body warmth. You need to do this to determine if your kitten is actually alive or not. Besides, if your kitten can already breathe, and you carry out CPR and artificial breathing procedures anyway, you may be doing more harm to your kitten than good.If your kitten has received an electric shock, turn off the source of electricity that has caused this so that you will not end up harming yourself. If itโ€™s suffered from an accident in a crowded area, you should first gently move it to a safe place. Be careful not to injure its bones or organs in case of deep wounds and injuries.

Administering artificial breathing

Check for any obstructions in the air passageway. If you find anything, do not rush to take it out. Gently pull out the tongue, which may cause dislodging. If this doesnโ€™t work, then you will have to very gently and carefully put your fingers in and try to remove it. Be careful to not push it deeper! Here itโ€™s important to remember that a kittenโ€™s throat will have delicate bones that you may mistake for foreign objects.This done, close the kittenโ€™s mouth gently and hold it firm. Slowly, yet steadily breathe into its nostrils, all the while checking if its chest is expanding. Continue till your kitten can do this on its own. Lift its chin to straighten its neck while doing this.


Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is administered when the heart beat is coming to a halt. Lay your kitten on its side and place your hands on its chest in the heart region and gently, yet firmly compress. Repeat at a rate of around 120 per minute, interspersed with artificial breathing. Ideally, there should be 5 compressions for one breath. The trick is to be gentle, yet firm and steady.

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