Handling and Transporting Sick or Injured Cats

How to safely handle an injured cat.

If your cat is ill or becomes injured, you will need to evaluate her, get her to the veterinarian, and you may need to perform first aid.

All of these actions require that you be aware of the fact that sick and injured cats may not react to you the way they normally would. They may bite or scratch from pain or fear.

General Good Practices for Handling Sick or Hurt Cats

Always approach a sick or injured cat, even your own pet, slowly and cautiously. Use a soft, soothing voice, and watch for any signs that she might bite you, such as crouching down, putting her ears back, and growling.

You can learn how to assess your cat's general condition here: "Baseline Vitals in Cats and How to Measure Them."

Learn about common emergency conditions in cats and the proper first aid for them here: "First Aid for Cats: An Overview."

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