Window sills and balustrades are among cat's favorite places. From there you can also watch the events outside comfortably. But the favorite place harbors dangers: The consequences of a lintel are often underestimated. Read here what you should do after a lintel and how you can best prevent this accident.
Recognize internal injuries in cats after the window falls
Take your cat to the vet immediately after a window fall. Even if she appears normal, she may have sustained internal injuries upon impact. The problem with internal injuries is that they don't cause symptoms at first. Pale mucous membranes, exhaustion and apathy only become noticeable when the internal bleeding has already led to dangerous blood loss.
If the airways are injured or impaired by the lintel, breathlessness can occur - but this also often only happens when it is already too late. An indication of internal injury may be that your cat is in pain when you try to lift it up.
Nevertheless, it is important that your pet comes to the vet as soon as possible. Carefully wrap your cat in a blanket and gently place it in the transport box. Try to move them as little as possible. It is best to have a second person with you who will hold the basket and keep an eye on your cat during the journey. If you are alone, a taxi ride to safety is recommended.
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Diagnosis of injuries at the veterinarian
The vet will carefully scan your cat after the lintel and examine for breaks. An X-ray or ultrasound examination can provide information about internal injuries and breaks, the extent of which is not so easy to see. Your cat may also be in shock. Your vet can also determine that.
Treating your cat after a lintel
Shock can be life-threatening for cats and lead to organ failure. In addition to warmth and rest, it is now important to maintain organ functions. Your veterinarian knows which medications are suitable and can give your cat an injection to stimulate the animal's circulation. Fractures and internal injuries have to be operated on. A bandage helps against external injuries such as skin abrasions and wounds.
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How do window falls in cats?
Cats are actually very skillful and careful animals with excellent body control. Nevertheless, a lintel can fall if your cat is sitting by the open window or on the unsecured balcony. Perhaps it is a loud noise that scares her so that she jumps up and loses her balance. Or she spots a bird she wants to catch and is overwhelmed by her hunting instinct. When trying to catch the prey, it falls down. It is also possible that a sudden gust of wind will move the window and cause your cat to stumble.
Cats have the so-called turning reflex, so that they turn in the air and can finally land on all four paws. But if the distance is too short to turn in time, injuries can result. However, great heights do not offer any security, since the landing takes place with the appropriate force. The impact on a hard surface such as asphalt or paving stone is also associated with a very high risk of injury.
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Preventing a lintel: How to reduce the risk of accidents
Even a cat that has already fallen will not want to do without its favorite place by the window. It is therefore best to take precautions and install a tear-proof net that prevents them from falling out. If for any reason you are not allowed to attach nets, always send your pet out of the room when you ventilate and lock the door.
Caution! Tilted windows also pose a considerable risk of injury. Your cat may not fall out of the window, but it can get caught in the narrow gap when trying to climb out of the window. You can read more about this in the following guides:
● Cat jammed in the window: the bottom-hung window syndrome
● Tilt-window syndrome in cats: chances of recovery?