How to Treat a Cat That has Frostbite

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When a cat is exposed to freezing temperatures for a long period of time, there is always the possibility of frostbite. The areas of a cat most likely to be frostbitten are those that have little or no hair, and the ears and tail tip, which have a limited blood supply.

Some warning signs of frostbite to watch for include pale skin in early stages and red or black skin in the advanced stages. Frequently, the skin may turn very dark, which means the tissue is dead. If damage from frostbite is severe, part of the tail or ear tips may actually fall off. Frostbite should be treated by a professional immediately.


If your cat has experienced frostbite, use the following cat care tips:

Step 1: Approach the cat carefully. If your cat is nervous or anxious, restrain the cat if necessary.

Step 2: Warm the area with moist towels. Water temperature should be warm (75 degrees Farenheit or 24 degrees Celsius), but not hot. Do not use ointment.

Step 3: If the skin turns dark, transport the cat to the veterinarian as soon as possible.

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