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If possible, wedge the mouth open or have someone hold the jaws apart while you inspect for obstructions. Many semi-conscious cats are capable of biting). Checking mouth, removing obstructions. Swab away any blood or fluid, taking great care not to be bitten. B Check for breathing by carefully observing the chest for movement or detecting air flow at the nostrils (put a mirror in front of the nostrils and look for condensation, or hold a wisp of tissue or cotton wool in front of the nostril opening).

There are many approaches to diagnosis and treatment; good communication between you and your vet should ensure one that you – and your cat – are happy with. Introduction When confronted with illness or injury in a pet cat, feelings of uncertainty, helplessness or even panic are often experienced. Suddenly, your familiar pet, usually so confident, outgoing and independent, is behaving abnormally – not the cat you are used to at all. She may be withdrawn, unresponsive to the usual things, refusing to have anything to do with food or human attention, maybe her facial expression even looks unusual.

Always check with your vet as to what action to take, and never give double doses unless specifically instructed to as this could be potentially dangerous with certain drugs. When no advice is easily available, the safest course of action is generally the first: simply give the next dose when it is due. Administration of tablets There is no doubt that cats are less amenable than dogs when it comes to giving tablets. Many dogs will eat palatable tablets straight from the hand like sweets, or else can easily be persuaded by a piece of cheese or butter wrapped around the tablet.

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