what to do with falls and knocks

Sometimes, especially for kittens, they might get injured through playing, falling without righting themselves in time, or playing till heavy objects drop on them. A variety of injuries may occur; at best, the kitten gets a blue-black, and experiences pain. Some injuries can be more dangerous, such as sprains and broken bones.

A few nights ago one of Aswat’s cats, Wanda, (sibling of Sylvester), had injured herself when she tried to climb on top their dining table, resulting in a wooden stool placed on top to fall on her paw. She was limping, and when her paw was touched, she meowed in pain.

I did some research on what to do when such injuries occur. They are rare, as cats have amazing agility and are able to dodge and balance themselves, preventing injuries during accidents.

If this happens to your cat however, here are some pointers to take note:

  • Check if the injury has changed colour, or if bones are protruding out, or if the cat is unable to extend or move the injured limb. These injuries require you to bring your cat to the vet.
  • For immediate first aid, use an ice-pack for the injured area to reduce swelling and pain. You can use ice cubes wrapped in a towel, a pack of frozen vegetables, or the cooling packs sold in pharmacies.
  • Do not try to make your own splint or bandage for the cat.

Thankfully, Wanda’s injury was minor and she recovered within the next day.

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