CPR on Cats
Here are the steps on how to perform CPR on a cat:
- Check for breathing and a heartbeat.
- Place your cat on its back on a flat surface.
- Look for the rise and fall of the chest.
- Place your hand on the cat's chest, just behind its front legs.
- Feel for a heartbeat by placing your fingers on the cat's left side, just behind its elbow.
- If your cat is not breathing or has no heartbeat, start CPR.
- Place your cat on its side.
- Place the heel of your hand on the center of the cat's chest, just behind its front legs.
- Press down firmly and evenly on the chest, using your body weight to create pressure.
- Compress the chest 100 to 120 times per minute.
- After every 30 chest compressions, give your cat two rescue breaths.
- To give rescue breaths, close your cat's mouth and gently extend its neck to open the airway.
- Place your mouth over your cat's nose and mouth and blow gently.
- Continue CPR until your cat starts breathing and has a heartbeat on its own.
- Get your cat to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Here are some additional tips for performing CPR on a cat:
- If you are alone, call for help before starting CPR.
- If you have a pet first aid kit, use the supplies in the kit to help your cat.
- Do not give up on CPR. Even if your cat does not start breathing or have a heartbeat right away, CPR can still save its life.
It is important to note that CPR is not a cure for all cat emergencies. If your cat is in cardiac arrest, it is still important to get it to a veterinarian as soon as possible. However, CPR can help to keep your cat alive until it can get to the veterinarian.