Common Emergencies for Kittens

Seeing your kitten suffering can be quite frightening, especially when you aren’t aware of the reason. When in doubt, make sure you contact your veterinarian or the nearest animal hospital in Vaughan. But to better prepare you, our veterinarians in Vaughan provided a list of the most common kitten emergencies found in emergency veterinarian hospitals.

Difficulty Breathing

If your kitten is experiencing difficulty breathing, it is advised to consult a veterinarian immediately. There are many things that can cause a kitten to have difficulty breathing including infectious disease, pneumonia, etc. Damaged caused by trauma can be another potential cause of respiratory distress. This must be considered as a serious problem and addressed immediately.

Coughing and Choking

Choking can be a serious problem that leads to lack of proper oxygenation or fluid build-up within the lungs. On the other hand, coughing is a vague symptom of various health ailments, including viruses, bacteria, allergic bronchitis, or even congenital heart disease. Make sure you don’t compromise your pet’s respiratory ability and catch these symptoms in the early stages.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

A sudden change in diet, infectious diseases, toxins and more can cause vomiting or diarrhea. Some cases may appear mild and self-limiting, but severe vomiting and diarrhea can be extremely dangerous for your pets. Take your pet to your nearest veterinarian soon before the symptoms get worse over time.


Trauma can be life-threatening for your kitten. Any accident, being attacked by another animal, falling from an elevated height and more can cause trauma. Trauma may result in shock, internal bleeding, pain, broken bones and pain. If your kitten experience any type of trauma, get it examined by your veterinarian as soon as possible. Early intervention is necessary for a successful recovery.

Toxin Ingestion

There are some substances that are considered as toxic to kittens. Plants such as true lilies, garden products, insecticides, chocolate, cleaning chemicals are some potential toxins. Seek guidance from your veterinarian about toxic substances.


Veterinary care becomes vital when your kitten is bleeding. Excessive blood loss can cause trauma and can become life-threatening.

Foreign Body Ingestion

Kittens are inquisitive and playful by nature. Ingestion of any foreign body can cause gastrointestinal problems including intestinal obstructions and even choking. However, linear foreign bodies are common problems in cats.

Allergic Reactions

Kittens develop allergic reactions soon. The reason may be vaccine sensitivity or insect bites. An anaphylactic reaction is the most serious allergic reaction causing vomiting, diarrhea and difficulty breathing. Proper care is necessary to prevent the allergic reaction.


Pain can occur due to several reasons and can be displayed in a variety of ways. Restlessness, agitation, rapid heart rate and aggression are some possible symptoms of pain. Seek veterinary help, if you think your kitten is in pain.

All the above mentioned health conditions are considered as emergencies, so you need to act promptly to maintain the optimal health condition of your kitten. In case of emergency, you can consult our experienced vets at Napa Valley Animal Hospital Vaughan.

We are a full-service veterinary facility aiming to improve your pet’s quality of life.