We never want to imagine a situation where our cat’s health might be in danger. However, if you find yourself in a position where your kitty becomes unconscious, you need to be prepared to act fast. In animals, respiratory arrest often occurs before cardiac arrest. The heart might continue beating for several minutes after breathing stops. This means that CPR and rescue breathing could save his or her life.
How to Start Rescue Breathing
If your cat is unconscious, then you should start rescue breathing immediately. This means lying your cat on a flat surface on his side. Check that the airway is clear, and extend the head and neck. Straighten the cat’s throat by lifting his or her chin, then put your mouth over the muzzle and blow gently into the nose, causing the chest to expand lightly. Wait for the air to leave the lungs before you breathe again.
How to Perform CPR
If your cat’s heart has stopped beating for any reason, then you will need to begin CPR immediately. Usually, it’s a good idea to have two people performing CPR if you can. One can continue rescue breathing, while the other performs chest compressions. When two people are performing CPR, you should use one breath for every three compressions. If you’re performing CPR alone, then use one breath for every five compressions.
Step 1: Lay your cat on his or her side on a flat surface.
Step 2: Lay the palm of your hand against the ribcage, over the heart. Carefully place your other hand over the top of the first. Remember, for smaller kittens and puppies, place your thumb against one side of the chest, and your other fingers against the other side.
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Step 3: Carefully compress the chest around one inch. Squeeze the ribcage and release rhythmically at a rate of about 80 to 100 compressions a minute.
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