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Be Prepared for These Common Cat Emergencies

Learn about the most common cat emergencies so that you will know when to take your cat to the emergency vet. It could save your feline’s life!

Wouldn’t it be great if you could protect your beloved cat from all harm? Unfortunately, that isn’t realistic.

But don’t despair. Many common cat emergencies can be fixed with a trip to your veterinarian.

So, if you know when to take your cat to the emergency vet you could end up saving your kitty’s life.

This article is going to share a few examples of situations that require immediate medical attention.

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Injuries Caused by Trauma

Accidents or fights with other animals can cause serious injuries, like broken bones and open wounds.  Sometimes, the damage is obvious.  But not always. 

Either way, don’t hesitate to take your cat to the veterinarian.  Even if your cat doesn’t appear to be injured, it’s better to confirm that right away than to discover later on that your feline needs medical care.  

When taking your cat to the vet, do your best to gently handle your kitty.  The last thing you want to do is cause your pet any more pain.  You might even want to consider wrapping your fur baby up in a blanket.

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Cat Poisoning

If your furry friend eats anything that’s cat-toxic (foods, cleaning supplies, plants, medication, etc.) head over to the vet right away. 

Don’t wait for toxicity symptoms to appear.  The sooner you get help, the more likely your cat will be okay. 

If you aren’t sure that your feline’s snack was cat-toxic, call your veterinarian and ask before driving over to the clinic.

In some situations, you might not be aware that your cat ate anything poisonous until the symptoms start to appear.

Look for the following symptoms:

  • Pale gums
  • Weakness
  • Bloody stool
  • Coughing 
  • Vomiting
  • Drooling
  • Diarrhea
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Struggling to Breathe

Struggling to breathe might be a sign of heart or respiratory problems.  Take your cat to the veterinarian to find out if something serious is going on.

Look for the following symptoms:

  • Blue or pale gums
  • Blue or pale tongue
  • Heavy abdominal breathing
  • Gasping
  • Excessive coughing
  • Panting
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Repeated Vomiting

There’s no reason to worry if your cat occasionally throws up.  But you should pay closer attention if your cat begins to vomit repeatedly over the course of a few hours.  

Take your cat to the veterinarian to determine the cause of the problem and prevent dehydration, a common consequence of excessive vomiting. 

Intense Abdominal Pain

This is another example of the most common cat emergencies.  No matter what the cause is, your cat’s abdominal pain should get checked out by a veterinarian. 

The following list contains typical signs of abdominal pain:

  • Constantly arching the back
  • Heavy breathing
  • Pacing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blood in stool
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Don’t Hesitate to Call Your Veterinarian

If you aren’t sure when to take your cat to the emergency vet, call your veterinarian and ask. 

After you describe your cat’s symptoms and the situation, your veterinarian can advise you on what to do next. 

You will be told to either bring your cat in right away or wait a while to see if your furball gets better. 

Although you may not be able to keep your precious puss safe from all of the common cat emergencies, you can be prepared to jump into action and get life-saving help for your kitty.