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If These 3 Emergencies Occur, Take Your Cat to the Vet Immediately

A cat being examined by a vet When your cat is suffering from an illness, it is your duty and your responsibility to make sure that they get treatment and make a full recovery. If you do not do so, they might die, and you’ll end up feeling sad and guilty. It is important that you keep an eye on your cat and watch out for any signs that your cat is ill. Angel City Animal Hospital compiled this list below of emergencies that need immediate attention.

Breathing difficulties

Having difficulty breathing is among the most urgent emergencies for any cat, dog, or human. If the cat is unable to breathe for up to three minutes, they might die. While it might be difficult to recognize the symptoms at the beginning, knowing what to look out for will help you. You need to watch out for wheezing, abnormal respiratory noises, heaving sides among others.

Abnormal urination

If you notice your cat is urinating abnormally, it could be a symptom of even bigger problems such as urinary obstruction. If left untreated, it can be fatal to the cat. This is a problem that happens mostly in male cats because of their anatomy. The cat will be experiencing extreme pain, and the situation can rapidly progress into kidney failure and even bladder rupture. When a cat is affected, they will strain to produce little amounts of urine, and they will constantly groom their genitals.

Seizures

In most cases, a single seizure is not life-threatening. However, if they start coming in clusters over several hours, it could be a sign of something worse. It could be that the cat has been vulnerable to toxins. If your cat is experiencing seizures, take them to the animal hospital immediately.

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As a cat owner, you need to recognize that this list is not exhaustive. Educate yourself to keep your pet safe.

  • Posted on November 3, 2017