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If your cat is injured, approach her calmly and carefully. Don't assume that she won't scratch or bite you - injured pets often react negatively at first to any attempt to touch them. Once you get close enough, place a towel over her head to "blind" her. The darkness created by towel has a calming effect. You can also tightly wrap towel around her body to keep her from struggling.
If your cat is bleeding heavily, it is important to slow or stop flow as soon as possible. Use a clean towel or cloth to apply pressure directly to wound. Change towels/cloths as needed, but keep pressure on until you reach a veterinarian. If necessary, you can apply thick gauze pads and use tape to secure them while you transport your cat. It is best, however, to keep pressure on wound and have some one else drive.
If your cat seems to be choking, use a flashlight to see what she is choking on. If you can easily remove it, do so. If not, you will might need to perform a modified Heimlich maneuver.
Here's what you need to do:
* Place pet on its side on a hard surface. * Place both hands behind last rib and press down quickly and firmly - release immediately and repeat rapidly several times. * Try to direct force of your hands slightly forward - this will make your efforts more effective. * Have someone carefully open dog's or cat's mouth wide and attempt to retrieve material from throat as you compress chest.
It is important to get proper training for this, as it can cause serious injury if done incorrectly. Many humane societies and animal welfare organizations offer classes on pet first aid, that include Heimlich maneuver, CPR, and techniques for dealing with serious injury and poisoning.
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