How To Help a Choking Cat
- Approach the cat with ease and try to stay calm. Remember, our animals can sense when we are nervous. Of course this will be difficult, but do your best. If your cat is nervous or anxious, restrain the cat if necessary.
- Clear the cat’s airway.
- Gently tilt the cat’s head back so its nose is pointing upward. Push your thumb toward your finger and the the mouth will open.
- Gently pull the tongue out. If you can see the object, try to remove it with your fingers or needle-nose pliers.
- If object is a needle and it is embedded deeply in the roof of the mouth, do NOT continue to try and remove the object. Go to your vet ASAP. If the cat is in distress, do your best to keep the tongue pulled out of the mouth (with ease).
- If object still cannot be removed, lay the cat on its side, place your palms behind the last rib on both sides of the abdomen, and press your palms together quickly three or four times. If the object is still caught, repeat.
Do not keep trying to dislodge an object of you are successful after the first or second attempt. If you cannot dislodge the object, seek veterinarian care STAT.
Always remember to keep small objects out of your cats reach that the suspect they may be curious about. Always use caution when giving your cat certain toys and be sure they are cat friendly. Be sure to share these tips with your fellow cat lovers!