How to Save a Choking Cat?


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Cat Behavior Explained

As a cat owner, you should know what to do if a cat is choking and learn how to prevent your cat from choking as well. It’s a life or death situation for your kitty. When you have a choking cat, he or she will try to breathe and the more they force it the frightener they get.

At that point, your aim would be to get their airways open without having them bit you.

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Sometimes you get confused whether or not your cat is choking, in order for you to start the research” how to help a choking cat?”. Thus, here are some indications :

  • The cat paws his or her mouth.
  • Their tongue becomes blue and sometimes pale.
  • The pain becomes more apparent
  • They might even black out

Therefore, these techniques are to show you how to save a choking cat:
Move N° 1:kindly come next to your kid. If he or she gets afraid and agitated. Constrain your them if needed.
Move N° 2: clean your cat’s airway.

  1. Put your hand above your choking cat’s head, in order to place your thumb and your index finger right behind the fang teeth while your palm is covering the head. In case your cat gets intensively agitated skip to ‘e’.
  2. Kindly lean the cat’s head to direct his nose upward. Apply a little pressure with your thumb and index finger to open the mouth.
  3. Carefully drag out the tongue. If you can perceive the object, attempt to clear it away using your fingers, or any tool such as the needle-nose pliers, if the object is a needle, do not use it!
  4. In case it’s a needle that is deeply seated in the upper area of the mouth, stop! You need to take your cat to the vet STAT! carefully keep the tongue pulled out in the cat is agitated
  5. Supposing it’s not a needle and you can’t pull out the object, hold your cat upside down and start shaking him or her as if your life depends on it. Hitting hard the back help could help disintegrate.
  6. If the object remains inside, put the cat on one of its sides, touch the last rib of your cat’s abdomen and put your palm on it, on both sides, and start pressing your hands together fast three or four times. Repeat the procedure until the object is out of your cat’s system.

Move N° 3: In case this technique doesn’t work, take your choking cat to the vet ASAP.
Move N° 4: Finally the object is ejected, but your cat doesn’t breath, try to find a heartbeat; put two of your fingers approximately an inch behind the elbow as well as in the center of the chest.

Artificial Respiration for a Cat:

Move N° 5: You checked and no heartbeat found go straight to Move N° 6. If on the contrary, you found it beating, execute artificial respiration for a cat.

  1. Lay your choking cat on its side.
  2. You want to have the head inclined up a little bit, to open the airways. Keep your cat’s mouth and lips closed while you blow violently inside his nostrils. Do it each 3 to 5 seconds. Repeat the procedure until the chest starts moving slowly or when you feel resistance.
  3. If 10 seconds pass, stop it! Wait for the chest to move to indicate the cat’s breathing.
  4. In case the cat is still not showing any sign of life, proceed with the artificial respiration.
  5. Take your choking cat right away to the vet STAT; do not stop the artificial respiration on your way to the veterinarian, unless the cat starts breathing on its own.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for a Cat

Move N° 6: in case your cat doesn’t breath, start the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

  1. Lay the choking cat on its right.
  2. Get on your knees next to your cat’s head.
  3. Grab the chest in a way that lets the cat’s breath bone in your palm, put your thumb on one side of the chest while the rest of the fingers are on the other one. All your fingers should fall in the middle of the chest.
  4. Squeeze your thumb and fingers together to apply gentle pressure on the chest. Aim for 100 to 160 compressions per each minute.
  5. After 30 seconds, keep the cat’s mouth and lips closed and blow intensively into its nostrils three seconds, then take a deep breath, and repeat until the chest starts rising or when you start feeling resistance. Do it 10 to 20 times per minute.
  6. After exactly one minute, stop. Check your cat’s heartbeat by putting your fingers approximately one inch behind the cat’s left elbow and in the center of its chest, or notice a movement on his chest.
  7. Still no heartbeat? Then continue CPR. In case the heart starts beating, while there’s no sign of any breath, return to Move N° 5 ‘b’ and proceed with the artificial respiration.

Move N° 7: take your choking cat to the vet right away. Do not stop CPR and artificial respiration on your way or until the cat starts breathing while its heart is beating without assistance.


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