First Aid and Emergency Care

A guide to understanding your cat's complex issues.

By Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, D.V.M.

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Accidents happen, and being prepared for an emergency is part of the responsibility that comes with being a cat owner. Always care for your cat in a manner that prevents most accidents from happening, but know what to do if an emergency situation arises despite your best efforts.

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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

9/13/2012 2:49:19 AM

good article, thank you

CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

5/21/2012 10:20:54 AM

Kristine -- This is a matter for the vet to diagnose and help correct. It sounds like a dental issue that shouldn't be ignored. Please take your cat to a vet as soon as you can. Explain to them your financial situation and see if you can work out some kind of financing.

Kristine    Nashville, TN

5/18/2012 11:28:23 AM

My ct came home the a week ago now he had a bad cut on his foot. I took him to the vet. They cleaned him up gave him mes for pain and antibiotics. Now he isn't ating well t all can't chew hard food. I have ben cooking him chicken. But his jaw is chattering and he is druelling terrible. They sid he had a bad smell in his mouth but I did not have enough money to have any more tests done. Could you tell me what this may be.

vezna    sydney, MD

12/3/2011 10:58:23 PM

My vet said scrape the nail against dry soap to stop bleeding from nails.

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