If you know the proper steps to take, you can save your choking cat's life.
- Step 1: Check your cat for a heartbeat by placing your fingers an inch behind its elbow on their chest. If there's no heartbeat, perform CPR by turning them on their side, kneeling down at their head, and grasping the chest so that the breastbone is resting in the palm of your hand, holding your thumb on one side of the chest and your fingers on the other.
- Step 2: Perform 100 to 160 chest compressions per minute by firmly squeezing your thumb and fingers together.
- Step 3: Check for a heartbeat every minute. Continue performing CPR and get the cat to a veterinarian immediately.
- FACT: Indoor cats have an average life span of 14 to 15 years, but outdoor-indoor cats have an average life span of only 4 to 5 years.
- TIP: If you can't dislodge the object, go to a veterinarian.
- Step 4: Perform the Heimlich maneuver on your cat by laying the cat on their side, placing your palms behind the last ribs on both sides of the abdomen, and pressing your palms together quickly three or four times.
- TIP: Approach the cat carefully in case it attacks out of fear.
- Step 5: Gently pull the cat's tongue forward with your other hand. If you can see the object obstructing the airway, try to remove it with your fingers or with the pliers.
- TIP: If the cat has a needle, hook, or other sharp object stuck in the roof of their mouth, stop immediately and get to a veterinarian.
- Step 6: Clear the cat's airway by holding the cat's head with your thumb and index fingers behind the cat's long, sharp canine teeth. Gently tilt the head so that the cat's nose is pointing upward.