How to Take Care of Your Cat if it Gets Trapped Under Floorboards
here are times in our lives when we need some repairs or construction work to be done at our homes. This can lead to a lot of unmanaged chaos, with open crevices or gaping holes in the walls or floors while the construction is underway. In such a situation, our pets might innocently enter such crevices and unbeknownst to us, they can get trapped. Our pets, especially cats, can sometimes be so stealthy that it can become difficult for us to track their every move. Understandably, it’s an absolute nightmare for any pet parent if their beloved pet were to undergo any harm.
…but life can be unpredictable
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our pets can find themselves in such a difficult situation where they get trapped, for example, under floorboards. In such a case, it can be extremely difficult to track your pet and is a harrowing experience for all pet parents. A cat who has gone through such an experience can develop mistrust, social withdrawal, inactivity and even depression. It then becomes the duty of the cat parent to do everything possible to enrich their cat’s life. If you are someone who rescued their cat from such a daunting situation then here are some tips that can help you nurse your cat back to health.
- First things first
The very first thing to do after you rescue your cat is to take it to the nearest vet to assess the degree of its injuries and/ or other detrimental effects on its health such as dehydration and starvation. The vet will then be able to prescribe the correct course of treatment to help your pet make a full recovery.
- Patience is key
It is important to note that such a cat’s rehabilitation will not happen overnight. Depending on how long the cat was trapped, its recovery will also take some time. So the cat parent has to be ready to exercise all their patience as they maneuver through this slow process. Also, allow your cat to get accustomed to its original environment at its own pace, even if it is slow. Let your cat know you are there for it. Of course, it will be worth it once your efforts bear fruits in the form of a happier and healthier cat.
- Warmth is essential
Keep your cat warm as it might have felt cold being in such an unfamiliar surrounding for some time. In some extreme cases, you might need to wrap your cat in a bubble wrap and put on some socks to keep it warm and help it get a sense of security. This is because the cat might have lost a lot of weight while being trapped and in the absence of muscles and flesh, it is more likely to catch a cold. This will again endanger the cat if it is not kept appropriately warm.
- Reassuring presence
Being in such a situation would have taken its toll on the cat’s health, but it can also have a side effect on its mental well-being. It might lead to the cat developing separation anxiety or other psychological issues. In such a situation the cat parent has to ensure that there is always a constant presence with the cat, someone trusted by the cat so that it can slowly regain its confidence.
- Nutrient-rich diet
A good diet will be key to your cat’s recovery. Of course, consult the vet first to know exactly what to feed and when. Overall, a healthy and well-balanced diet will be the vet’s number 1 recommendation while caring for your cat. Timely, healthy and nutrient-rich meals will speed up its recovery time and restore its health to what it was previous to the incident.
- Re-building confidence
It might be difficult for cat who has undergone this suffering to do those things which it used to do very easily earlier, like jumping on top of shelves. In an attempt to re-build its confidence, start by introducing small activities which will result in a positive outcome. Also, speak to your cat in a gentle tone. You might need to whisper as shouting can exacerbate its trauma. This will help build its confidence further.
- Meeting strangers
Sometimes your cat might display signs of being uncomfortable around people who are not family. You might want to ease introducing new people to your cat until it recovers. Tread slowly; first, let your cat be re-accustomed to you and your family and only then allow other people to be introduced to it. This might be needed to alleviate its fears.
If you have found yourself in this disturbing situation where your cat has suffered such a traumatic experience, we hope this blog gives you some tips on how to help your cat move on. Good luck!
(Disclaimer: The information contained on this blog is just for informational purposes only. Though, it’s not guaranteed to be precise and perfect and we believe that every pet is unique in its own way and requires different attention)