It’s always scary to notice that your little feline friend is in distress, particularly when you’re not certain whether it’s the result of a developed condition or if emergency veterinarian assistance is necessary.

Vets advise pet owners to keep the number of an animal clinic that provides emergency services on speed dial and contact them whenever you discover alarming symptoms that you’ve never seen before. In the following guide, we’ll provide you with a list of frequently encountered signs that warrant an immediate visit to the vet.

Struggling with breathing

Breathing issues could constitute an indicator for partially clogged tracheas, but may also be a symptom for lung or airway conditions, typically the result of an infection. Traumatisms to the lungs are also a possibility. Finally, conditions including congenital heart disease, allergies, and ingestion of toxic substances could be responsible. The veterinarian will need to perform an X-Ray for more details regarding the root of the problem.

Choking or a persistent cough

Choking on food or a foreign object might not appear very dangerous to an inexperienced owner, but the longer the cat’s organism is deprived of oxygen, the higher the chances of permanent lung and brain damage. Fluid tends to build up in the lungs when the animal is unable to breathe properly.

Coughing in conjunction with other symptoms like runny eyes and nose, and sneezing generally suggests that the feline has developed an upper respiratory tract infection. Otherwise, the cough could stem from allergy-triggered bronchitis, fungal pneumonia, a bacterial infection, etc. The vagueness of this indicator means that a trip to the vet is required to discover the actual source.

Loose stools, diarrhea or vomiting

Whether they’re caused by parasitic infections, abrupt changes of the usual diet, exposure to toxic substances or any other factor, vomiting, and diarrhea present the risk of rapid dehydration for the animal, especially when they persist for more than a few hours or are severe. Mild, short-lived episodes don’t constitute a vet emergency, but you should monitor your cat’s behavior closely in the next few days.

Traumatisms or bleeding

Getting in a fight with another animal, dropping from a considerable height, being run over by a vehicle and other accidents often result in traumatisms, as well as potential external and internal bleeding. To evaluate the full extent of the damage, your feline friend needs to be consulted by a specialist as soon as possible.

Ingesting a toxic element or a foreign object

In addition to becoming lodged in the trachea and causing your pet to choke, a foreign body presents the risk of gastrointestinal perforations, lesions, and obstructions when swallowed. Linear objects like ropes or ribbons are especially dangerous for the feline organism.

Regarding toxic elements, keep in mind that the cat doesn’t necessarily have to ingest cleaning solutions or pesticides to be sick. There are a number of common household plants, including the True Lily or Aloe Vera that are poisonous to felines. If you suspect that your cat is feeling ill after nibbling on a houseplant, contact the vet and inquire about the toxicity.

Elevated body temperature

Call a vet immediately when you notice that the body temperature of your kitten exceeds 104 Degrees F. Heatstroke or a viral infection could be at the root of the problem, and your cat requires immediate treatment.

We are operating from many locations including Ossining, Tarrytown, Peekskill, Pleasantville, Courtland Manor, Croton-on-Hudson and Briarcliff Manor in New York. If your pet needs emergency medical assistance today, do contact us right away.