Cat on the run – first aid

Unfortunately there are many cats that are run over. Both street and domestic animals die every year on the roads. Many times what happens is that they are blinded by the headlights of cars and are unable to escape.

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It is also normal for cats to take refuge under the cars to avoid the sun and take a nap. In any case, the injuries caused by these accidents can be very serious and in most cases require veterinary attention.

In this article of YourCatCareguide we will tell you about the most frequent injuries caused when a cat is run over and how to act in this situation. Check out first aid for a cat hit by it next.

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How to act in the event of a run over

If you find a cat run over it is important to act calmly. If it is lying flat on the ground, check for breath and pulse. In the following points we will explain to you how to act before different lesions in the cat.

If the blow was not very strong, it is likely that the cat will take refuge under nearby cars. He will be very frightened and even if he is a domestic cat, he will try to be alone.

Give it space and it is approaching little by little. When you reach it, treat it very carefully. You can use a blanket or towel to wrap it. This will prevent scratches and you will be able to catch it without exerting too much pressure. If you have a cat carrier, use it to carry it.

It is essential to get the veterinarian as soon as possible . Although, as we will see below, you can administer first aid, it is essential that the cat is taken care of by a specialist.

Even if you do not observe external injuries, remember that you may suffer from internal damage that needs veterinary attention. Do not give him food or water as it is likely that the veterinarian will do so.

Shock state

After a bruise or trauma, the cat may go into shock . This state is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Pallor on the skin
  • Restless breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Loss of consciousness

In extreme cases it can cause death. We must act as soon as possible and very gently. Caress him while wrapping him in a blanket to take him to the vet.


When the cat is unconscious we should pay attention to his breathing. If it is irregular and breathing with difficulty you should position the cat on its side with its head slightly inclined upwards. This will make breathing easier. If you can not hear your breath, take your pulse. The best place to take a cat’s wrist is in your groin , where the hind legs join the hips.

As the cat is not conscious, we do not know when it has pain. For this reason it is best to place it on a flat surface to move it. You can use a cardboard and put a blanket or towel on top. Move it as little as possible and call the veterinarian immediately.

Surface wounds

If the wounds are not deep and do not bleed excessively you can cure them, or at least disinfect them and clean them before receiving the veterinary treatment. Always use appropriate materials.

Wipe the wound with saline to remove dirt. You can cut the hair around very carefully to avoid getting into the wound, especially if it is a long-haired cat. Once clean, use a diluted iodinegauze and disinfectant (iodine, betadine, …) to treat the wound.

You can use the one you use for yourself, but always diluted in a ratio of 1:10 . 1 part iodine and 9 parts water.

Once it is taken care of by the veterinarian, it is likely that the veterinarian will recommend using a healing ointment that will accelerate the healing time.


If the wound is not deep you can clean it as explained in the previous point. If the cat has a bleeding with plenty of blood, he should press the wound with a gauze or towel and go to the vet immediately.

The ideal is to cover the wound with a sterile, elastic compress. It is not advisable to use a tourniquet as it stops the circulation and can be dangerous. If the bleeding is on one paw you can do it, but you should not press too much and never keep it for more than 10 or 15 minutes.

Internal hemorrhages

It is common for cats to suffer from internal injuries. If you see that the cat bleeds through the nose or mouth it means that it has internal injuries. They are very serious injuries that need urgent medical attention.

Do not cover the cat’s nose or mouth, wrap it gently in the mantel, and take it to the veterinarian immediately.

Dislocations and fractures

When dislocations or fractures occur on either end it can be difficult to catch the cat. They are very painful and cause you a lot of stress, so you will be on the defensive. Talk to him calmly until you can get closer. Do not even try to hurt him and never try to heal a fracture at home because you need medical attention.

In many cases fractures occur in the ribs, and may even pierce a lung. It is difficult to determine this with the naked eye. If you suspect the fracture is in the left paw for example, lay it on the right side to take it, always very carefully.

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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Emily Harris

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