Cat First Aid

One should be able to distinguish a minor affliction from a true emergency and how to address the situation. You should take your cat to a vet immediately at any sign of odd behavior or any symptoms of illness or injury. You should have your vet examine your cat at least once a year, semi - annually if your cat is 10 years of age or older. This will keep your cat disease or infection free. You should take immediate veterinary care if your cat has been hit by a vehicle, has suffered any type of traumatic injury, has any sign of dehydration or shock, has been throwing up food or clear liquid regularly over a 24 hour period etc.


The odor of your kitty's breath sometimes indicates the health condition that you might not otherwise be aware of. For example, if the cat has a urine-like smell to her breath, this could mean that she is suffering from kidney disease. If the cat has a sweet or fruity scent to her breath, this could indicate that she may have become diabetic (this is especially true if she has been drinking large amounts of water and/or is urinating more frequently than usual). Liver disorders are sometimes discovered when a cat exhibits a breath that is foul, and is also accompanied by vomiting, loss of appetite, swelling of the abdomen, and/or yellowing (jaundice) of the eyes or gums. Do you know how to make sure that your kitten has enough fluids? Watch your veterinary carefully when they test your kitten for hydration. He will do this by gently lifting the skin along the cat's back, often around the shoulder area. If the cat is hydrated, the skin will snap back into place very quickly. If, however, it is dehydrated, the skin will not have the normal elasticity, and will stay up in a ridge.


A conscious injured cat will be in extreme fear and may react aggressively. Pain and confusion may lead to its confusion. One should be very careful with a cat when it is injured or not well. To approach an injured cat, one should crouch down and slowly advance towards the cat avoiding direct eye contact.

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