CPR and Artificial Respiration for Senior Cats


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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Artificial Respiration (AR) are emergency procedures that can save lives. However, we all wish we never have to face a scenario, where, we would be forced to use CPR/AR; not just on people, but also on our pets.Unfortunately, such situations canโ€™t always be avoided and in some cases, you need to be extra careful while carrying out AR/CPR.In this case, we are referring to the administration of CPR/AR to older cats.Ideally, it is best to rush your cat to a veterinarian in case of an emergency. However, if the situation is too drastic, a CPR/AR might be required in order to save your catโ€™s life.

Keep an eye out

Here are a few sings to watch out for in order to figure out if your cat needs emergency attention:

  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Sudden illness
  • Sever trauma or injury
  • Sudden changes in behavior

Prior to administering CPR/AR, ensure that your cat really requires it. Try communicating with your cat. Touch or gently shake him/her. Your cat could just be sleeping. Administering CPR/AR under the wrong circumstances can end up causing more damage. For instance, you can cause injuries to your

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.Check for these vital signs:

  • Breathing โ€“ If your cat is breathing, CPR/AR maybe unnecessary. To know if your cat is breathing, just place a clean piece of glass or metal in front of its nose. If mist forms on the piece of glass/metal, it indicates that your cat is breathing.
  • Check pulse โ€“ This can be checked by placing your hand on the inside of the catโ€™s thigh, right at the connection between the body and the leg.
  • Check his/her gums โ€“ If the gums are grayish or bluish, then it indicates a lack of oxygen. Similarly, white gums indicate low blood circulation.
  • Check for heartbeat โ€“ This can be done by placing your ear or a stethoscope on the left chest area, close to the elbow.
Administration of CPR/AR

While rushing your cat to the veterinarian, you can try some of these steps on the move.

  • Check your catโ€™s breathing โ€“ If he/she isnโ€™t breathing, check for obstructions in the mouth or airway. Remove if you find any. Then, pull the catโ€™s tongue out and place it in front of the mouth. Then, gently hold the mouth shut.
  • Ensure that your catโ€™s neck is rested in a straight position. Breathe small puffs off air into his/her nose every 6 seconds. Ideally, it should be 10 breaths every minute. When breathing into your catโ€™s nose, the chest should rise and relax like it normally does.
  • Check for pulse and heartbeat. If you canโ€™t identify either, immediately place the cat on his/her right side on a surface thatโ€™s flat. Then, place your fingers and thumb from either hand on either side of your catโ€™s chest, right behind the elbows. Give a brief squeeze, just about enough to compress the chest to half or one-third of its actual thickness. Do this about 100 to 120 times per minute. While doing so, also administer two breaths per 30 compressions.
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