Towcester Vets talk trauma, poisoning and more cat emergencies

April 21, 2024

As the weather warms up this spring in Northamptonshire, pet owners will want to be aware of potential emergencies that can arise for their beloved feline companions. Cats can be curious creatures, and sometimes their adventures can lead to unforeseen accidents or health issues. In this article, our team at Towcester Vets highlight some common cat emergencies to watch out for this month and what you should do if you encounter them.

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Five common cat emergencies

1. Traumatic Injuries

With the arrival of spring, some cats may spend more time exploring the great outdoors. Unfortunately, this can increase their risk of traumatic injuries, such as being hit by a car, falling from heights, or getting into fights with other animals. Signs of trauma in cats can include limping, difficulty breathing, bleeding, or visible wounds.

2. Poisoning

Springtime brings with it a variety of new plants and flowers blooming in gardens and parks. Some of these plants may be toxic to cats if ingested, including tulips, daffodils, lilies and crocus. Common signs of plant poisoning in cats include vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, drooling, and seizures.

3. Heatstroke

As temperatures rise, cats can be susceptible to heatstroke, especially if they are left in hot cars, are shut inside hot rooms, porches and conservatories, or get trapped in greenhouses without access to shade and water. Signs of heatstroke in cats include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, and collapse. If you suspect your cat is suffering from heatstroke, move them to a cool, shaded area, offer water to drink, and contact your nearest clinic immediately.

4. Urinary Blockages

Male cats, in particular, are prone to developing urinary blockages, especially if they have underlying urinary tract issues such as bladder stones or urinary tract infections. Signs of a urinary blockage in cats include straining to urinate, frequent trips to the litter box with little or no urine produced, vocalising while urinating, and signs of discomfort. A urinary blockage is a medical emergency that requires immediate veterinary attention to prevent serious complications.

5. Respiratory Distress

Cats can develop respiratory issues due to allergies, infections, or underlying health conditions such as asthma. Signs of respiratory distress in cats include laboured breathing, wheezing, coughing, nasal discharge, and blue-tinged gums or tongue. If your cat is having difficulty breathing, call us immediately.

Call Towcester Vets in an emergency

In any emergency situation involving your cat, it’s crucial to act quickly and seek veterinary attention ASAP. Our experienced team at Towcester Vets are here to help. If you encounter any of the emergencies mentioned above or have concerns about your cat’s health, don’t hesitate to call us immediately on 01327 350239.

We’re available to provide emergency care and support for you and your feline companion, ensuring they receive the timely treatment they need to stay happy and healthy. Your cat’s wellbeing is our top priority.

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