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First aid for cats with broken bones

That fall was hard on me
That fall was hard on me
Karla Kirby

Like their humans, cats too occasionally suffer from broken bones. Symptoms of a fracture consist of inability to use a limb, or a limb that is bent at an odd angle or pain, An open fracture is one that is connected with an open and bleeding flesh wound. With a closed fracture, the surface skin stays intact.

If you believe your kitty has a fracture, be sure to approach him/her with much caution.

If your cat is bleeding, control the blood flow; if this can be accomplished without causing worse

Cover up an open fracture with a sterile gauze dressing or other clean cloth if possible.

Keep your cat calm and still if you can. Speak soothingly and softly, remembering your cat trusts you to do the right thing.

Take your cat directly to the veterinarian right away, supporting the injured body part as well as possible. A plastic carrier with the top detached or an inflexible cardboard box lined with towels are excellent ways to transport a seriously injured cat.

Never try to bandage, splint or set a fracture by yourself. You are very apt to get bitten or scratched and make the cat’s injury even more serious.

Do not try to clean the wound except if instructed to do so by your veterinarian.

Never give human pain medications to your cat, not even a fourth of an aspirin.

Keep in mind: First Aid is the care made available to a sick or injured cat until professional help is possible. True, First Aid does not take the place of good veterinary treatment, but when used correctly, it could make all the difference in the world for both you and your cat

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