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Cat Trauma and Burns - What You Should Do When Your Cat is Having These Problems

Paul Kramer

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If your cat has fallen from a height or is struck by a car, the most important thing to do is to prevent him from going into shock or to minimize the effects of shock. Cover him lightly, keep him warm, talk to him in low tones and a soothing manner, and do not rush.

Lift him as carefully as possible as not to worsen any damage, place him in a small container and take him to the veterinarian immediately. Only a veterinarian can treat such injuries, and often anesthesia is required.

Although you might want to try to splint a broken limb, bear in mind that most cats do not tolerate being handled when they are in pain and your best efforts will probably be greeted by teeth flashing and claws striking. You may well cause even more damage.

What about burns? Your cat could suffer serious injury if he jumps on a hot stove or tips over a pan of boiling water. If it is a superficial burn or scald, the affected area turns red and could blister slightly.

If the burn is more serious, the skin turns white and the hairs are easily removed when pulled. To treat minor burns, immediately apply cold water or ice to the affected area for about 20 minutes.

If the burn is serious, you will need to take him to the veterinarian for further treatment. You can help prevent these accidents by keeping pans away from the edge of the stove and by covering gas and electric rings with fireproof lids.

Kitchens can be the heart of the home, and very much your cat's domain. To treat minor burns, immediately apply ice to the area. If the burn is more serious, you need to take your cat to the veterinarian. Always remember, prevention is better than cure.

Your cat will not always land on his feet, and may suffer a fracture from a bad landing. Never try to splint his leg yourself or you could both be hurt.

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