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  Meow City First Aid!  
  FIRST AID FOR CATS'  
  Printable Version of First Aid  
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  This page offers information to help you UNTIL your vet  
  is available.  
  NEVER try to replace your vet's knowledge  
  and education with your own!!  
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  VITAL SIGNS  
  FIRST AID MATERIALS:  
 
  • 1. Rectal thermometer
  • 2. Water soluble lubricating jelly or petroleum jelly
  • 3. Watch or clock with second hand.
 
     
  TECHNIQUE INSTRUCTIONS  
  1. Taking the temperature:  
  (a) Lubricate a rectal thermometer with water-soluble lubricating  
  jelly or petroleum jelly. Insert the thermometer gently into the  
  cat's rectum approximately 1/2 to 1 inch.  
  (b) Wait two minutes, and then remove and read the thermometer.  
  (c) Normal temperature is between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees F.  
     
  2. Taking the pulse:  
  (a) Lay your hand just behind the cat's shoulder blade on  
  either side of its chest and feel for the heart beat or..  
  (b) Place your hand in the groin area of the cat's abdomen  
  and feel for the femoral pulse.  
  (c) Count the beats per minute (e.g., count for 15 seconds  
  and multiply by 4).  
  (d) Normal pulse at rest should range from approximately 110 to 140  
  beats per minute. If the cat has been recently active or is  
  excited, its pulse may be significantly higher.  
  3. Taking respirations:  
  (a) If the cat is lying quietly, watch the chest rise and fall.  
  (b) Count the number of breaths the cat takes in a minute.  
  (c) Normal resting respiratory rate is approximately 24 to  
  28 breaths per minute.  

 

  CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION  
  (CPR)  
  WARNING!!! CPR is a technique of LAST RESORT! When  
  the cat shows NO signs of life! If there is ANY evidence  
  that the cat is breathing, DO NOT PERFORM THIS  
  TECHNIQUE!!  
     
     
  TECHNIQUE INSTRUCTIONS:  
  1. Lay the cat on its side (and throughout these  
  procedures keep the cat on its side).  
  2. Check for breathing by watching cats chest rise and  
  fall.  
  3. IF THE CAT IS BREATHING, proceed no further.  
  Do not use CPR.  
  (a) Establish an airway by removing any debris from the  
  cat's mouth or by moving the tongue from the back of  
  the throat. Check for breathing by watching the cat's  
  chest rise and fall.  
  (b) Check for a pulse by placing a hand over the cat's  
  chest just behind the shoulder blade to feel the  
  heartbeat or by placing a hand in the groin area to feel  
  the femoral pulse.  
  5. IF THE CAT IS STILL NOT BREATHING:  
  (a) Cup your hand(s) over the cat's nose and mouth to  
  form a seal. Deliver 1 (one) breath into the pet every 2  
  (two) seconds. If the seal is proper, you should observe  
  the cat's chest rise and fall.  
  REMEMBER A CAT HAS SMALL  
  LUNGS! TINY BREATHS FOR TINY  
  LUNGS !  
  (b) If after you have delivered 5 (five) breaths the cat  
  does not show signs of breathing on its own or signs of  
  consciousness, and there is no heartbeat, then have a  
  helper place a hand just behind the cat's shoulder blades  
  and apply gentle but firm compressions downward  
  (compressing 1/2 to 1 inch) at a rate of 1 (one)  
  compression every 2 (two) seconds. If a helper is not  
  available, alternate delivering 2 (two) breaths then 10  
  (ten) compressions.  
  (c) Check for pulse and breathing every 2 (two) minutes.  
  If there is no pulse and breathing, continue for up to 10  
  (ten) minutes before giving up.  

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