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


If your cat has suffered a sudden trauma or is experiencing any life threatening symptoms, please call us immediately at: 215-515-5542

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.


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.