An injured cat like a person is likely to first take fright or flight then once the immediate emergency causing the injury is over lapse into shock. A space blanket or large sheet of plastic ‘bubble wrap’ will maintain body temperature in cases of shock and hypothermia – squares of clean cotton material old linen or cotton bed sheets are a good and ready alternative.
Some suggestions for a cat first aid kit.
– sterile eye wash
– contact-lens saline solution can be used
-sticky surgical plaster tape to hold dressings in place
-surgical gloves for when treating wounds
-surgical spirit to remove ticks
-syringe plunger to administer liquid medicine
-table salt to make saline solution two teaspoons of salt dissolved in one litre of warm water with which to clean wounds and counter infection
-towel to wrap the cat in when administering medication, and also to restrain it in event of accident
Airway and breathing
If the cat is unconscious in a collapsed state, check that he is breathing. If there is little or no breathing and the tongue is blue- black, open the mouth and remove anything that is blocking the airway. Gently lift the chin to extend the cat’s neck to open the airway. If he still does not breathe, administer artificial respiration:
1. Hold the cat’s mouth shut and cover his nose with your mouth.
2. Gently breathe up the cat’s nose – 30 breaths every minute taking your mouth from his nose between breaths to allow him to exhale.
3. Keep this up until the cat begins to breathe on his own, veterinary help arrives or you believe the cat to be beyond help.
Next, check for a heartbeat. Do the by putting your ear on the cat’s the on the left-hand side, just behind elbow, and you will be able to hear Also check for a pulse – place couple of fingers in the same place as you put your ear, or on the inside on the cat’s thigh in the groin area.. If there is no heartbeat begin chest compression:
1. Place one hand either side of the cat’s chest, just behind his elbows.
2. Squeeze the chest in a smooth action, giving two compressions ever second always use the flat of tit hand – never the fingers. Do not use too much force, as it is easy to break the ribs.
3. Give two breaths to the cat for every four compressions. Keep this up until the cat’s heart begins to beat, you cannot do any more, or a vet takes over. Keep checking for a heartbeat or pulse throughout your attempts at heart massage.