01/24/2018 | tips and tricks
Like ourselves, cats are not immune to the risk of a minor or serious accident, particularly domestic and road accidents. Depending on the nature of the injury, it may be necessary to act very quickly. As a cat owner, you can learn some of the basic gestures to provide first aid to your pet in the event of an accident.
Do not aggravate the situation
If your cat has an accident, the first thing you should do is call the emergency services. That means calling your vet: they are the most qualified when it comes to caring for your cat and will be able to give you instructions on what to do. If the situation calls for it, you will need to bring your cat to a veterinary clinic as quickly as possible.
What to do if your cat is bleeding or has suffered burns
If your cat is losing blood, it is imperative to stop the bleeding. The most effective way to do this is to place the palm of your hand on the wound and to press down firmly. You can also apply a tight bandage (if the blood seeps through, you will need to apply a second bandage over the first). You should only use a tourniquet (a device comprising a piece of cloth tightened with a stick) as a last resort and for no more than 15 minutes. In any case, you must bring your cat to the vet as quickly as possible.
What to do in the event of cardiac or respiratory failure
If your cat has suffered a serious accident, such as a fall, electrocution, drowning or a car accident, it may be necessary to resort to cardiac or respiratory resuscitation. These gestures, which are much more technical, should only be carried out if you fully master them. You can learn such gestures from your vet or by taking a cat first aid course. This video will help you to understand the instructions below.