Feline Artificial Respiration

Artificial respiration is needed when a cat has a heartbeat but is not breathing. It is very important to never try to attempt this on a cat who is breathing on her own. The steps to perform artificial respiration on a cat in an emergency are as follows:

  • If the cat is wearing a collar, remove it.
  • Then open her mouth and pull the tongue outward so that it won’t block the throat and check for any foreign bodies.
  • Next you will want to clear the mouth of any excess saliva and mucous. If the cat was underwater or has any vomit in her mouth, suspend her upside down by the hips and then gently swing her body a few times to remove the liquid.
  • The next thing to do is to lay the cat on her right side making sure that her body is slightly higher than her head. To ensure an open air passage, the head and neck should be straight.
  • And lastly with her tongue pulled forward, place your mouth over her nose only, do not cover her mouth. You will then proceed to blow air into her nostrils for about three seconds. You should be seeing the chest expand. The excess air will escape through her mouth. Repeat this procedure every two seconds until she begins to breathe on her own.

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