Emergencies for kittens: the main concerns

Common emergencies in kittens can be of a different nature. We learn to recognize them in order to help our kitten.

Kittens are like unpredictable children, so much so that they get into situations as dangerous as we should learn to get them out of. Anything from choking to cat poisoning can happen . Hard to imagine what they are capable of but better prepare for the worst. There are many common emergencies in kittens, in this article we will see the most likely to face.

Common emergencies in kittens

Adopting a puppy of any animal involves a real responsibility, especially if we are talking about a kitten. Taking a puppy feline home means having a lot of patience and above all knowing what to meet with regard to common emergencies in kittens, as they are very lively and curious animals.

Difficult breathing

The first thing to consider when a kitten has difficulty breathing is that it is a serious issue to refer to the vet as this generally means that the lungs or airways are compromised. X-rays are often needed to evaluate the lungs and airways.

The causes that can be responsible are different, for example: foreign objects stuck in the throat or trachea; allergic reactions; congenital heart failure and toxins are additional potential causes of breathing difficulties.

Coughing and choking

Cough in kittens is just a symptom triggered by much more serious causes, such as: including viruses, bacteria, fungal pneumonia, allergic bronchitis or even congenital heart disease. Usually the cough is also accompanied by other symptoms such as sneezing, runny eyes and a runny nose.

Another common emergency in kittens is suffocation. A suffocating condition even if it were to resolve in a short period can still create serious problems. Lack of proper oxygenation or accumulation of fluid inside the lungs can also be a dangerous consequence of choking.

Vomiting and diarrhea

Among the common emergencies in kittens we recognize vomiting and diarrhea, even these are more than anything else symptoms that arise from a problem that is sometimes quite serious. In case of vomiting and diarrhea the most imminent danger is the dehydration of the animal, especially if it is persistent. It is vital that you contact your vet before the condition can escalate within hours.


The trauma in the kitten is the consequence of an accident, a stroke, an aggression. There are several situations that can cause trauma. But what trauma entails is the thing that needs to be evaluated most, namely shock, lacerations and other external injuries, internal bleeding, internal injuries, pain and broken bones in the cat.

Underestimating pet trauma could be dangerous as injuries caused by trauma are probably the most common cause of pain in kittens. Which is why it is necessary to contact the veterinarian to ascertain the extent. Prompt intervention will give the kitten the best chance of a successful recovery.

Ingestion of toxins

By ingestion of toxins we mean the intake of elements that are toxic to the health of the cat . There are many substances that are believed to be toxic to cats, such as: Cleaning chemicals, drugs (both prescription and over-the-counter), garden products (fertilizers, plants, bulbs), cat chocolate, rodenticides, insecticides are other potential toxins, some plants and antifreeze for cars.

In these cases, the intervention of the veterinarian is essential in order to free the cat from any toxic substance and in particular where there is uncertainty about the toxicity of the product, it is useful to try to recover the product that the cat has ingested and to report it to the veterinarian. This will help the doctor to intervene in the right way.

Allergic reactions

Faced with certain symptoms such as: difficulty in breathing, collapse, swelling of the face, hives, itching, vomiting, lethargy and diarrhea in the dog, it is likely that it is an allergic reaction of the cat. An anaphylactic reaction is the most severe form of an allergic reaction.

The causes of these reactions can be different: they range from the sensitivity of the vaccine to insect bites, but also some food or medicine. What is possible to do is not to lose sight of the animal in order to evaluate the reaction over time.

Ingestion of foreign bodies

The ingestion of linear foreign bodies in the cat such as: string, rope, ribbon, fishing line and other similar objects, are a particularly common problem in kittens, as they are very lively, curious and enterprising animals.

Any foreign body that is ingested can become problematic, causing gastrointestinal problems such as intestinal obstructions or perforation or can get stuck in the cat’s throat or trachea, causing choking.

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