Road Traffic Accidents & Cats Print

Road Traffic Accidents & Cats - If your cat has been involved in a road traffic accident, the situation is usually serious. Firstly, you should carefully approach the injured cat, looking for any signs of injury. You should also assess the general situation and surroundings and be very careful not to endanger either yourself or the cat further. If she is in the middle of a road, pick her up very carefully using a garment or a towel, being careful not to further aggravate any injuries. Enquire if there any witnesses who saw what happened, as this will help the vet to determine the best course of action.

After an accident your first priority is to see if she is breathing. If she seems to be unconscious, pinch her ear, as a response will tell if she is really unconscious. It is also advisable to keep the telephone number of your vet in the memory of your mobile phone, so that you can contact him without delay. To see if she is breathing, look to see if her chest is rising and falling. If she is not breathing contact your vet immediately, and then proceed to perform artificial respiration on the cat; you should also check to see if she has a heartbeat. You can check for a heartbeat or pulse pulse by placing two fingers on the inside of her rear thigh. If her heart is not beating, chest compressions must be carried out. You should continue with these emergency measures until the vet arrives or the cat recovers.

This section of our website considers those conditions which can affect cats when involved in serious accidents such as road traffic accidents. It covers internal injuries and trauma, lacerations and skin tears, puncture wounds and shock.

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