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Note: This list is not meant to be a complete list, nor to be a replacement for medical treatment. If in doubt whether your cat is experiencing an emergency, immediately consult with your veterinarian or an Emergency Room (ER) veterinarian.

Pet Medical Emergency

  • Bite wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Distended abdomen
  • Hit by a vehicle
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Eye injuries
  • Heatstroke
  • Inability to walk
  • Sudden collapse
  • Trouble breathing
  • Gagging / Choking

If your pet has ingested ...

  • Chocolate
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Bones
  • Toads
  • Household plants
  • Antifreeze
  • Rat poison
  • Household cleaners
  • Pool chemicals
  • Human medication
  • Pennies
  • Other foreign bodies
  • Excessive amounts of food/garbage

If your pet has any of these symptoms ...

  • Coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing
  • Changes in behavior, appetite or stools
  • Bumping into things, is disoriented
  • Allergic reactions, swelling, rashes, itching
  • Inability or straining to urinate
  • Pregnant animals that have gone more then 3-4 hours between delivering
  • First time seizures, seizures lasting more than 3 minutes, or multiple seizures
  • Signs of pain such as whining, shaking, hiding, or dull behavior
  • Vomiting blood, blood in stool or urine
  • Diabetic animals refusing food

Source: The Cat Doctor & Friends