Have you ever had to perform CPR before? Personally I haven’t, but I’ve always tried to make sure that I know how to do it in case a situation arises where I might need to. I found the photo below in an old photo album and it made me think about CPR for cats, so I did some research and thought I would share it with you.
If a cat stops breathing, the first thing to do is hurry to the vets, however in many circumstances you are not able to get to a vet in sufficient time so CPR may need to be performed during the travel time. Obviously I’m not a vet myself, but PetMD and PetSitters.org both have handy guides to CPR if you’re ever in a scenario where you are required to perform it.
First you should check for any obstructions in the airway and make sure the tongue is pulled forwards before closing the mouth and breathing short puffs into the cats nose. As with humans, as you breathe into the nose, the cats chest should rise. When you release, the cats chest should fall. Perform about 20 breaths a minute.
If the cats heart stops, the cat should be laid on their right side with their feet toward you. Using the palm of your hand, place one on the chest behind the cats elbow, and the other underneath the cat in the same position. Compress about 0.5-1 inch down and repeat this about 15 times in every 10 seconds. Perform these compressions twice for every breath – this is when it could be handy to have two people available, one for breath and one for chest compressions!
The normal pulse rate for a cat is around 140-220 bpm which is almost twice as fast a humans! That surely explains how they’re able to bounce across whole rooms much faster than we bipeds!
I hope none of you ever have to perform CPR on your kitties, but at least having some of an idea of how to do it can put your mind at ease.