How to Tell if Your Cat Has Frostbite
Frostbite in cats comes from the consequence of sustained exposure of your Cat into severe cold. Winter is the most brutal time for our Cats. This is especially more widespread to cats that spend more time outdoors. Frostbite in cats is more painful and when neglected results to be dangerous as well. It is important to prepare in protecting your Cats when it gets colds weather or while approaching winter.
Frostbite in Cats is caused by the constriction of blood in vessels due to frigid weather that ends in forming ice crystals on the Cat’s skin. The constriction of blood lowers its flow into other parts of the body more so in the ears, noses and in the tail, thus endangering skin cells in those areas.
It is critical to be able to detect the Frostbite in Cats early enough to avoid adverse effects that occur when not detected in time. The first thing you should do to your Cat if it has been outside in the cold for a long time is to check frostbite in ears, tail, and in the nose or the toes and injured areas.
If you cannot quickly notice the presence of frostbite, here are three tips on how you should detect frostbite
• The affected skin will be hard, pale or grayish, and cold if the skin has been frostbitten
• Your cat skin may tend to turn blackish or dark on the frostbitten areas. This is the presence of damaged skin cells, and it is important to seek medical attention.
• Your cat will start to experience pain in the frostbitten areas as they become more painful as the time goes and skin starts to thaw and may as well develop blisters and swell.
Frostbite in Cats can as well be prevented by taking proactive measures that would prevent your cat from coldness. Here are some tips on how you can control Frostbite before they became fatal
• Always limit your cat from outside in the cold especially during winter times and wet days in the other seasons. It is important to ensure your Cat is in warm and dry areas all the time.
• It is considered helpful to dress your Cat with heavy cover-ups like sweater and wear socks to their toes if they are let outside in the cold
• In case you notice frostbitten areas, it is advisable to warm the parts with hot (warm) water or warm bandages and kindly avoid using direct heat such as a heating pad.
• It is always wise to keep in touch with your veterinarian if you suspected uncomfortableness in your Cat.