First Aid for Electrocution Injury in Cats

A choking cat needs immediate aid.

Curious cats, and especially kittens, may chew on electrical cords and be electrocuted. Keep electrical cords out of reach of your cat as much as possible.

Chewing on an electrical cord can result in severe burns to your cat's tongue and the inside of the mouth as well as cause seizures, an irregular or stopped heartbeat, and fluid accumulation in the lungs that can cause difficulty breathing.

First aid for a cat that has been electrocuted requires safely removing him from the cord if necessary, possibly performing rescue breathing or CPR, and getting him to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

What to Do If Your Cat Is Electrocuted

When a cat bites an electrical cord, their muscles may begin to spasm, and their jaw may clench onto the cord, keeping them from releasing it. If you enter a room and see your cat in this state, do the following:

Delayed Signs of Electrocution

Sometimes it's not obvious that your pet has bitten into and been electrocuted by a cord. If the cat was able to let go of the cord and didn't become unconscious, you may not be aware that it happened. Here are some of the signs that occur in the days following an incident like this. If you see any of these things, take your cat to the veterinarian right away:

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