6 First-Aid Tips If Your Cat Gets Hit By a Car
What would you do if your cat gets hit by a car? The following first-aid tips may help you stabilize her for the trip to the vets.
- Keep her warm. You can use a heating pad or a hot water bottle close to her stomach. In a pinch, empty a package of rice into an old sock, tie it closed, and microwave it for a minute or two. Wrap whatever you use in a towel to prevent burns. Bundle your pet loosely in a blanket or jacket to keep her body temperature from dropping.
- Pets with signs of shock often have low blood sugar. Raising her blood sugar level can help. Rub honey or corn syrup on your pet’s gums.
- Elevate your kitty’s chest and hindquarters above the head by placing folded towels or a pillow under the pet’s chest and body. This is to prevent fluids from entering the chest and to increase the blood flow to the brain.
- If your cat is conscious, let her make herself comfortable. For cats and smaller dogs, encourage them to sit in a box or basket as it will make it easier to transport them to the vets.
- Don’t give her any food or water, as she may need anaesthesia and surgery.
- An effective homoeopathic pain remedy that is safe for cats is arnica. You can give her two 30C tablets twice daily. Bach’s Rescue Remedy is also a good anti-anxiety treatment you may use to make your pet more comfortable as you transport them.
This information is courtesy of Dr Andrew Jones, a Canadian vet with a special interest in alternative, non-traditional remedies for pets. He’s the author of Veterinary Secrets Revealed a manual containing over 1000 safe, effective home remedies you can start using right away to help your kitty live a long, healthy life.