First Aid for Cats: How to Safely Remove Foreign Objects


As a cat owner, it's always good to be prepared for emergency situations with your feline. Fortunately, removing a foreign object from your cat's mouth is one of the easiest and least expensive types of veterinary care out there. Read on to learn how to safely remove an object from your cat's mouth and what steps you should take afterward:

Quick Summary

  • Cats are good at hiding injuries, so it's important to keep an eye out for any signs of distress.
  • If you notice your cat with a foreign object in its mouth, remove it immediately!
  • Preventive measures you can take to help your cat avoid foreign objects include keeping doors closed and windows shuttered, as well as keeping heavy items up high on shelves where they can't reach them (or remove them altogether). If you have other pets in the house who might bring home strange things from outside--like birds' nests or dead mice--it would also be wise to keep those pets away from each other when possible.
  • If at all possible, try removing any small objects before they become lodged somewhere in your cat's throat or digestive tract. You should still seek medical attention afterward if necessary; even if nothing comes up during X-rays or endoscopy exams after the removal of larger items like pieces of bone or plastic toys because these may still cause internal damage even after being removed manually by someone like yourself who isn't trained medically enough yet understands how anatomy works enough not only understand where something could go wrong but also prevent such mistakes from happening again later down line."

Preventative measures

  • Keep your cat from chewing on things that could cause injury
  • Keep your cat from eating things that could cause injury
  • Keep your cat from getting into places where they could get injured
  • Use safe chew toys and treats instead of dangerous ones (ex: plastic bags)
  • Clean the litter box regularly so it doesn't smell bad, which can cause cats to seek out other sources of odor elimination like carpeting or furniture. 
  • Make sure any cords are kept out of reach by using covers and tape, or putting them up high where the animal won't be able to reach them.
  • If possible, keep the pet indoors so it doesn't have access to dangerous situations outside such as cars or power lines - this will greatly reduce risk factors for injuries in general!

Remove the object quickly and carefully

  • Remove the object (or objects) quickly and carefully. Avoid pulling on the object; instead, use tweezers to gently remove it from your cat's mouth or paw. If you're unable to get an object out of your cat's mouth or paw using tweezers, take him or her to a veterinarian immediately.
  • If blood is present and there is no serious injury, apply pressure with a clean cloth on top of where the wound is located until bleeding stops--you may need medical attention if this does not work after 10 minutes or so.
  • If an object has been lodged in their throat area for more than five minutes without being removed by yourself or another person who knows how to do this safely (DO NOT try this at home!), please seek immediate veterinary attention.
  • Be careful when removing sharp items such as needles because they can cause internal injuries if pulled out too quickly.
  • Always put toys away after playing with them so they don't accidentally get stuck somewhere else around your house! You might also want to consider locking up other small objects like scissors and knives so that kittens won't reach them either accidentally or intentionally.

Seek medical attention if you can't remove the object yourself

If you can't remove the object yourself, take your cat to a vet. A vet will be able to remove the object safely and also treat any injuries caused by it. If you think your cat has swallowed a foreign object, take it to a vet immediately; foreign objects can cause trouble with your cat's digestion and even become embedded in its body if not treated promptly. In some cases, cats can vomit up objects they have swallowed; however, this doesn't always happen so watch them closely!

Cats are very good at hiding injuries

If you can't see the object, you cannot remove it. Cats are very good at hiding injuries, so it may be hard to tell if they have a foreign object in their mouth. If your cat is injured and hiding in a quiet, dark place to lick or chew on an injury, watch for these signs:

  • Bad breath
  • Dribbling or drooling (drooling is different from normal salivation)
  • Inability to close the mouth completely
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Blood in the mouth
  • Difficulty eating or drinking
  • Swelling around the face


If you suspect your cat has an object in its mouth, it's best to seek medical attention. If it's not an emergency, take your cat to the vet as soon as possible so they can remove the object and check for damage. If you are able to safely remove the object yourself, give it to your veterinarian for examination so they can determine if there is any risk of infection or other complications from this incident.


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