Thankfully, while cat car accidents are all too common, it’s not inevitable that your pet will suffer from them. Keeping your cat contained within your property, regularly checking them for signs of injury, and seeking immediate veterinary care when necessary can help keep cats safe from road accidents.
When a cat is hit by a car, their injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to fractured bones and internal trauma, which can be fatal. The severity of a cat’s injuries depends on the speed and angle of the collision. Cats hit at high speeds are more likely to sustain severe injuries, while those hit from the side may be more likely to have broken limbs.
As well as looking for physical symptoms, you should also be aware of any changes in your pet’s behavior after a road accident, including respiratory distress (panting, open-mouth breathing, labored breathing) and disorientation. If a cat is showing signs of respiratory distress, they should be given oxygen ASAP, and taken to a vet immediately.
In addition to providing oxygen and reviving the cat, your veterinarian will be able to diagnose any injuries sustained by your pet, and advise you on the best course of treatment for them. In the majority of cases, a thorough examination of the cat’s body will be carried out to assess the extent of their injuries. They will be looking for signs of shock, such as a rapid heart rate, pale gums and a weak pulse, and may carry out x-rays to ensure that no internal injuries have been sustained, such as a ruptured diaphragm.