Rau Animal Hospital:
2135 Jenkintown Road
Glenside, PA 19038
Fax: 215-884-8851
Mon - Fri: 8am - 9:30pm
Sat: 8am - 4pm
Sun: 8am - 3pm

Here at Rau Animal Hospital, it is our passion and privilege to be the guardian of your pet’s healthcare. As your trusted advisor, it is also our responsibility to keep you appraised of any potential threats to your animal’s welfare. Read more >>

What To Do In A Cat Emergency


We are NOT a 24-hour emergency hospital.

However, if your cat has suffered a sudden trauma or is experiencing any life threatening symptoms, please call us immediately at: 215-884-0453

What To Do In Case Of An Emergency

There are times when you are certain that your cat has an emergency (ie: hit by a car) and there are times when you are very concerned but not convinced that it is an emergency requiring immediate care. Call our hospital immediately so we can properly assess the severity. In some cases, we may recommend going straight to your nearest 24 hour veterinarian.

Please contact one of our below-recommended partners. Please review this information carefully and keep it easily accessible in the event of an emergency.

Pet Poison Helpline *Fees Apply
(800) 213-6680

CARES (Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services)
2010 Cabot Blvd., West Suite D
Langhorne, PA 19044
(215) 750-2774

Metropolitan Veterinary Associates
2626 Van Buren Avenue
Norristown, PA 19403
(610) 666-1050 (M-F 8am-6pm); (610) 666-0914 (All other hours)

VSEC (Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center) – 3 locations
301 Veterans Highway
Levittown, PA 19056
(215) 750-7884

1114 South Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 800-1950

625 Ridge Pike, Building B,
Conshohocken, PA 19428
(484) 567-799

Cat Emergencies That Require Immediate Veterinary Attention

Cats can be very subtle in showing signs of illness. Therefore, it is most important that you be on the lookout for subtle changes in your cat's behavior. If your cat normally greets you and wants to eat when you get home from work, and all of the sudden it neither greats you nor wants to eat, this may be a very serious sign of an immediate need for veterinary medical help.

Although many illnesses can become serious and some may even become fatal if left untreated, not every circumstance truly warrants emergency care. We have compiled a list of situations requiring emergency cat care in order to help you decide whether or not you should call the hospital:

  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Urethral Obstruction
  • Hind-End Paralysis
  • Ingestion of Toxins 
  • Major Trauma

What To Do If Your Cat Eats Something Poisonous

If you see your cat ingest a toxic substance, or even if you suspect that he or she has, it is important to seek emergency care. If your pet has ingested a toxic product, please call the ASPCA Poison Hotline at (888) 426-4435 with the information from the product your pet got into.