First aid for cats: resuscitation measures

Resuscitation measures can save cat lives. Therefore, you should know basic first aid rules. Here you get tips on how to deal with an unconscious velvet paw and how to help you in an emergency. Image: Shutterstock / Okssi

A sick, injured or otherwise involved in a health emergency must of course be treated by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Nevertheless, as a cat owner, you should be able to master and use first aid for cats, as the time until veterinary treatment sometimes takes too long.

First aid for cats: check life functions

Before you start the resuscitation measures, clarify whether the unconscious velvet paw actually needs them. Speak to the cat and make sure that it responds. Then check the animal's breathing: does the chest rise and fall regularly? To feel a cat's pulse, place your hand on the inside of your thigh. You can feel the heartbeat on your chest at the level of your elbow.

Next, open one of the cat's eyes and shine a flashlight into it. Does the pupil contract? If so, start resuscitation immediately. In the video you can see more about checking a cat's condition:

First aid for cats: tips for emergencies

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Resuscitation measures in cats: ventilation and cardiac massage

The first aid measures for resuscitation are also based on the ABC scheme in cats:

A like "respiratory tract": Open the animal's mouth, pull out its tongue and remove foreign bodies or vomit.
B for "ventilation": The cat's tongue remains in front. Close the animal's mouth and stretch your neck. Ventilate the animal through its nose every three seconds. The chest must rise, but must not bulge too much.
C for "circulation": If you find that the cat's heart is not beating, start the cardiac massage. Place a folded cloth under the animal's back, position your left hand flat on the chest and use two fingers of the right hand to press your flat left hand five to ten times in quick succession.

Then ventilate the animal again and check the heartbeat again. Another variant of the cardiac massage, in which you press the whole chest, can be found in this video: