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Medical Emergencies and First Aid

Accidents with cats happen, and the time to take action is BEFORE rather than after. Start by assembling a first aid kit, then learn some emergency first aid techniques for those times when you can't immediately get to your veterinarian.

Artificial Respiration and CPR in Cats
Artificial respiration is an emergency procedure that is performed when a cat is not breathing. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), on the other hand, is performed when a cat is not breathing and does not have a heartbeat. Therefore, CPR requires the use of artificial respiration and heart massage. Learn when and how to perform artificial respiration or CPR on cats with this article from PetMD.c…

Allergic Shock in Cats
Anaphylaxis is an emergency condition that occurs when a cat is exposed to a certain allergen after having been exposed to it previously. In extreme situations, this reaction can be fatal. The condition is unpredictable, as almost any substance can potentially cause an allergic reaction. Learn the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and more about allergic shock in cats.

First Aid for Heat Stroke
Heat stroke is a potentially fatal condition for cats. Learn how to avoid heat stroke, and steps to take if a cat gets too hot.

ASPCA Poison Center Warning
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center say that exposure to human medications is the number 1 cause of calls to their center. Learn more about hazardous substances around your home that can be harmful to your cats, from this ASPCA public service notice.

When to Call Your Veterinarian for your Cat -
Three important rules to keep in mind when deciding whether or not an emergency medical condition exists in your cat.

How To Assemble a First Aid Kit for Cats
There will be times when you can't get your cat to the veterinarian right away, or her condition might warrant emergency first aid treatment before the trip. Be prepared, with your Feline First Aid Kit.

Poisonings in Pets - Veterinary Medicine
Poisons can be eaten, absorbed through the skin, and inhaled. Poisonings can mimic many things. Veterinary Medicine Guide Janet Tobiassen Crosby helps with recognizing common signs of poisoning.

Toxic Plants in the Garden
It should be said that most cats will not eat plants outdoors, as long as grass is available. However, occasionally, out of boredom or curiosity, a cat may nibble a leaf or stem. If you're of the "safe rather than sorry" frame of mind, you need to know which plants are potentially harmful, and by what degree.

Indoor Plants Poisonous to Cats
The following is a partial list of plants that are poisonous or hazardous to your cats, including some popular holiday plants. This list is by no means exhaustive, but will be updated from time-to-time, so

How to Prepare for Disaster with your Cat's Safety in Mind
The facts are that hundreds of pets are lost every year to disasters, and, many more are rescued but never reunited with their owners because of lack of identification. So plan now to avoid future confusion.

Taz's Downfall - A Survivor Cat Story by Guest Writer Christine James
By Christine James, guest writer. A tropical avocado tree was Taz's downfall, but he miraculously recovered from a fall on his head - a true Survivor Kitty.

Veterinary Q & A: Dietary Indiscretion
My cat was playing with a string, then ate it. Should I just wait and see if it passes? Cats and string do not mix, despite the popular image of cats playing happily with string! Same goes for other string-like items -- rubberbands (many cats, including one of mine, just love to eat rubberbands!), tinsel, Easter grass decorations, needle and thread, and window blind pulls.

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