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The Life-Saving Thing All Pet Parents Should Know How To Do

The Life-Saving Thing All Pet Parents Should Know How To Do

Posted by Andrea on 11th Jan 2020

What to do to avoid a cat-astrophe...

Just as with humans, cats can choke or stop breathing on account of food or other ingested objects blocking their air passages. Your cat can have a seizure, fall into a pool, or suffer any number of life threatening dangers.

As the pet parent, you should be prepared to act quickly. Your feline's life may depend on the actions you take in a very short amount of time. If you want to be sure you can save your cat's life, it is of utmost importance that you master the techniques of CPR.

In a nutshell, you should:

1. Check Airways & Heartbeat: Look inside the mouth to make sure there are no foreign objects that you can remove.

2. Prepare the cat for CPR: Lay the cat on a flat, firm surface. Pull the tongue forward and hold the mouth closed.

3. Breathe into the nose: Breathe 4 or 5 gentle breaths into your cat's nose so that the chest begins to rise and fall in response.

4. Begin chest compressions: Place your thumb and forefingers on either side of their chest and squeeze to compress the chest.

5. Maintenance: Keep up the routine of about 10 chest compressions and one breath every 10 seconds until the cat's heart has started and breathing resumes as normal.

Should something unexpected happen, it is vital for you to know these steps. At the same time, you must contact your vet immediately as the above will not replace professional life saving veterinary care. We hope you will never need to use this information, but it can be crucial to saving your pet's life while they are on the way to the closest emergency veterinary hospital. For more information, go to: