Cats like the taste of fish, so they seem like a logical pair. But cats and fishhooks are a dangerous combination. If your cat gets caught in a fishhook, it's important to do what you can to ease his or her pain immediately. Use the following cat care tips if your cat has an unfortunate connection to a fishhook:
Step 1: If the hook is in the cat's tongue or roof of the mouth, or near the eye, do not attempt to remove it. Transport the cat to the veterinarian immediately.
Step 2: Approach the cat carefully. If your cat is nervous or anxious, restrain the cat if necessary.
Step 3: Using pliers, push the hook through the skin so all the barbs are exposed.
Step 4: When the barbed end is exposed, cut it off with wire cutters.
Step 5: After the barbs have been removed, pull the hook back through the way it entered.
Step 6: Clean the wound thoroughly with cotton balls liberally moistened with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Do not use any other antiseptic.
Step 7: Watch for infection.
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