Like all pets, cats are prone to accidents, injuries, and illness. In fact, for the most part, all pets have at least one medical emergency in their life. While we don’t want to believe that anything serious can happen to our beloved cat, there is every reason to be aware and prepared should the unexpected occur.
Do you know how to recognize a cat emergency? Are you ready what to do if your cat has an emergency?
The Cat Care of Vinings team aims to provide our wonderful cat lovers with a better understanding of the signs of an emergency and how to respond quickly.
Can you spot a cat emergency?
Cats are skilled in many fields, from hunting to navigating narrow passages and so on. Unfortunately, they are also good at masking their pain and injuries. In the wild, injuries can signal that they are easy targets for other animals, which is why many pets still have the instinct to hide their pain. Symptoms can be subtle, so knowing what to look for is important.
Here are some common signs that your cat is having a veterinary emergency.
If your cat is having difficulty breathing, this is a clear need for veterinary attention. Difficult breathing or irregular breathing patterns are signs that your cat is not getting enough oxygen. Other signs include coughing, wheezing, lung noises, and other unusual breathing patterns.
Repeated vomiting / diarrhea in cats
If your pet vomits once, e.g. For example, a ball of fur or some vomit-up food is probably not a cause for concern. However, if vomiting continues along with diarrhea, your pet is at risk of becoming dehydrated. You could have eaten something toxic or had other serious medical problems that needed to be addressed.
Any major accident, e.g. Such as a car accident, fall from a great height, attack by an animal, or other obvious injury must be investigated. Even if your kitten appears normal or unharmed, there may be internal injuries and bleeding. Fractures and head trauma also attract immediate attention.
Loss of appetite in cats
If your cat has not eaten for 12 hours or more, this is generally a sign of an underlying condition. This also applies if your cat does not drink water or vomits while drinking or eating.
Measure your cat’s water and food consumption and note whether there has been a significant decrease. Sometimes when a cat drinks much more water than normal it can indicate kidney disease or toxicity. Contact us if this is the case.
Lethargy and breakdown
Extreme tiredness through to the inability to get up or the desire to eat or drink is considered an emergency. This level of fatigue can lead to collapse, coma, and other serious medical emergency symptoms.
The paralysis can be sudden or gradual and can be isolated on one side of the body or the back legs. Hindquarters paralysis can indicate a blog clot, which is a life-threatening and painful condition. Any sudden lameness in a pet should be investigated immediately.
Seizures can be caused by certain illnesses as well as by ingestion of a toxic substance. Certain pets also have to deal with conditions that cause seizures. A seizure is a sudden burst of electrical impulses in the brain that lead to loss of muscle control, changes in behavior, and uncontrolled movements of the body.
Problems giving birth to kittens
If your cat has problems during childbirth and has not given birth to a kitten after 20 to 30 minutes of active work, this is considered an urgent situation. This also applies if there appears to be a fluid-filled sac in the birth canal that remains after ten minutes of exercise.
When your cat has an emergency
If you suspect something is wrong with your furry loved one, we encourage you to give us a call. Hiding more, eating less, insomnia, and other changes in their daily life and wellbeing may all prompt further investigation.
If your cat has an emergency or if you think they are sick please give us a call right away so we can give them the help they need.