Signs Your Kitten Needs Emergency Care

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Most new kittens adjust to their new homes without any issues, but as a new pet parent, it is important to know the signs of a health crisis, so you can get emergency vet care when you need it. If you are concerned about your kitten’s health, don’t hesitate to call us or your regular veterinarian. It is always better to err on the side of caution to protect your kitten’s health than to try to wait out symptoms that are serious. If you recognize any of these symptoms in your kitten, consider seeking emergency vet care.

Breathing Difficulties
Breathing problems are always a cause for emergency care for kittens. Look for signs like open-mouth breathing or panting. An increased respiratory rate is another clue. You can track your cat’s respiratory rate by counting how many times he or she breathes in 15 seconds and then multiplying that number by four to calculate breaths per minute. Any kind of breathing change should always be evaluated at a pet hospital as it could indicate a serious illness.

Lack of Urinary Output
Your kitten should be using the litter box multiple times per day. As you clean out the little box, you will get used to your kitten’s habits and what is normal for him or her. If you notice that he or she is not urinating, it could be time to consult your vet. Not urinating for more than 36 hours could be the sign of a medical emergency that requires immediate care.

Hiding
Cats are independent animals and may not stick to you as closely as dogs, but most kittens are visible members of the family. If your kitten begins hiding, it may mean that he or she is ill. When cats are sick, they tend to hide and only show signs of distress when their condition is advanced. If you’re constantly searching for your kitten, it’s probably time to seek a veterinary exam.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provides emergency vet care in Dallas and McKinney when your pet needs it the most. Find out how we can help keep your pet healthy for life by calling our vet clinic s at (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal hospital in the McKinney / Frisco area of Texas.

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