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Companion Animal Practice
Emergency care of the cat with multi-trauma
  1. Sophie Adamantos

    Sophie Adamantos graduated in 1999 from Liverpool, and is now a lecturer in emergency and critical care medicine at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

  1. Sandra Corr

    Sandra Corr graduated from Glasgow in 1985. She spent six years in small animal and equine practice, and two years as lecturer in small animal surgery in Zimbabwe, before joining the RVC, where she is a lecturer in small animal surgery. She holds a PhD in gait analysis and is a European specialist in small animal surgery.


FELINE ‘multi-trauma’ is an increasingly common presentation in small animal practice, as cats are now more popular pets than dogs and most are allowed some access to the outdoors. Road traffic accidents (RTAs) are the fourth most common cause of death in cats, after old age, cancer and renal failure, and there is evidence to show that young, male, non-pedigree cats are most commonly involved. Due to their small body size, cats often present with trauma to multiple body systems, but most survive if found in time and treated appropriately, as injuries are often relatively minor. Other traumatic injuries, such as bites or ‘high-rise’ injuries, are less common, but can occasionally prove equally challenging. This article presents a systematic approach to assessing the traumatised cat and prioritising treatment.

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