Accident - Road traffic

It is a fact of life that motor vehicles are responsible for the deaths of more young cats than any other single cause. But not all are killed and injuries vary from very severe to relatively mild.

In a serious RTA, there will be no doubt of what has occurred. The cat will be found near or in the road (although they can sometime move a fair distance and clear tall fences before they collapse). If they are still breathing, seek veterinary help immediately. They will be in pain and distress, so be careful they do not injure you. The best way to move them is to wrap them in a blanket or towel and support as much of the body as possible. Contact your vet, whole will be able to provide emergency care (either themselves or by arrangement with another local practice). It is best to transport the cat to the vet (but call first) rather than call them to the scene - emergency care requires the facilities of a surgery and the sooner the cat gets there, the better.

If you find or see a cat hit by a car that is not your own, contact the nearest vet if you cannot quickly find the owner. They will be able to provide emergency care and you will not be liable for payment. The owner, if found will be responsible for the cat, and if it is not claimed the RSPCA has a system of paying for such emergency care.

If you suspect your cat has been hit, but are uncertain, check the claws. The front claws are usually shredded when a cat tries to grip the road if they are flung away by a blow. This can also occur with a fall. Also check the breathing. If a cat is breathing rapidly or laboured at rest, there is something wrong in the chest. It is best to get them checked by a vet, although if the cat is comfortable and breathing normally, this is not urgent.


This pet health article is for reference only.

If your pet is showing any symptoms or distress, and you suspect your pet is ill CONTACT YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY.