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What are Electrical Injuries?

While some shocks can be minor and merely cause discomfort for your cat, many electrical injuries are often very serious and even life-threatening. It is best to allow a veterinarian to assess the severity of a shock. If you have reason to believe that your cat has suffered an electrical injury, it is extremely important that you take your pet to your veterinarian or to a emergency veterinary hospital immediately.

When a cat comes in contact with an electrical current, depending upon the strength of the electrical current and the duration of the shock, the electricity can pass through the tissues of the cat, damaging nerves, muscles, organs, skin, and other tissues by generating dangerously excessive heat. Pulmonary edema, which is the leaking of fluid into the lungs, can occur as a result of the damage to blood vessels. Severe burns are also likely at the areas of the body where the electrical current entered the body and where it left the body. Common areas of burns are the paws, tail, lips, tongue, and mouth. The burned tissues are usually deeply damaged or deadened completely. 

Symptoms of Electrical Injuries in Cats

The surest way to be certain that your cat has been electrocuted is to actually see the shock occur or to find evidence that this is what has happened to your cat. Whether or not you have seen the electric shock occur or found definitive evidence, if you see the following symptoms, it is important that your cat is examined immediately by a veterinarian:

  • Singed fur
  • Burns on paws, tail, or elsewhere on the body
  • Chronic cough
  • Crackling sound in lungs
  • Lip, tongue, and/or mouth burns
  • Blue tinge to the skin or gums
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Abnormal or difficult breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Collapse and unconsciousness
  • Cardiac arrest, which is commonly called a heart attack
  • Death

Causes of Electrical Injuries in Cats

The underlying cause of electrical injury in cats is, of course, coming into contact with an electrical current. There are numerous ways, however, that this contact can occur, which include the following:

  • Biting or chewing on electrical cords, which is the most common cause of shock in cats
  • Coming in contact with faulty wiring in a house or other building
  • Walking into or falling into water that is conducting electricity from an electrical source
  • Lightning strike
  • Coming in contact with live power lines

Diagnosis of Electrical Injuries in Cats

If you find your cat as it is being electrocuted, do not touch the cat or the source of electricity. If the source is a cord or wiring in your house, turn off the electrical breaker for that part of the building before attending to your cat so as not to injure yourself as well. Wearing rubber gloves may be advisable when you return to attend to your cat just in case there is still electricity present in the cord or in your cat’s body. Whether you find your cat while it is being shocked, afterward, or if you just suspect that your cat has sustained an electrical shock, it is imperative that you take your cat to the veterinarian immediately for diagnosis and treatment.

In a situation in which you know that your cat has been electrocuted, the vet will determine the extent of the damage to your pet’s health. In other cases, when it unsure what has happened to your cat, your vet may still be able to diagnose the cause of symptoms to be electrical shock. The following diagnostic tools may be utilized by your veterinarian:

  • Listening to the symptoms or situation that you have observed
  • Reviewing your cat’s medical history
  • A thorough physical examination, paying special attention to listening to the heart and lungs
  • Check for burns, especially on the paws and in the mouth
  • Echocardiogram (ECG)
  • Blood tests to check oxygen levels
  • Ultrasound of the lungs
  • MRI
  • CT Scan

Treatment of Electrical Injuries in Cats

How your vet determines to treat your cat is dependent upon the severity of the shock and the severity of the resulting burns and other injuries. The following treatments may be administered by your veterinarian:

  • IV fluids
  • Pain medication
  • Medications to address heart, breathing, and fluid buildup problems
  • Antibiotics to prevent infections
  • Skin graft
  • Surgical procedures to clean and repair damaged tissue and organs
  • Oxygen
  • Defibrillation in an attempt to restore normal heart rate
  • Hospitalization, including intensive care

Recovery of Electrical Injuries in Cats

Your cat’s ability to recover from an electrical shock is dependent upon at least three factors: the severity of the shock, how quickly the cat received veterinary treatment, and the overall health of your cat. If your cat experienced a mild shock, with proper treatment and follow-up appointments with your vet, the prognosis is likely good. In the case of a severe shock, however, the prognosis is usually poor as the cat has likely sustained serious, irreversible, and even life-threatening organ and tissue injuries, including brain damage. A cat that has experienced a powerful electrocution may die of the injuries or need to be humanely euthanized.

The best ways to prevent electrical shock from occurring to your cat is to maintain safe wiring, keeping a teething kitten or a cat with a habit of chewing away from cords, and keeping your cat inside during storms.

Electrical Injuries Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Finn
Siamese
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My cat has bit a wire and that caused his mouth and tongue to become black. Afterwards, he kept licking and trying take away the taste out of his mouth. He seemed fine afterwards. There were no signs of something serious, however he seems restless. He walks around and he vomitted once. Other than that, nothing alarming. Should I be concerned?
Thank you.

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Shiloh
panther
21 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

singed fur
burnt paws

I don't have one, but I'm writing a book where a panther is in a wire metal cage and someone is using electricity to subdue and torment the animal. The cage is described as a wire dog kennel type crate with a raised grate in case of accidents in the kennel. It's really a woman shapeshifted into a panther and she has some something the person wants. It would be 10-30 seconds in duration, maybe a little longer. 110-220 current.

What kind of injuries would you expect to see?

I expect surface burns to paw pads or anything that touched metal, torn/broken claws, burnt fur... am I missing anything?

Thanks for your help... if you don't have time I understand.

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Georgia
Siamese
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

dilated pupils
Rapid breathing

Electrocution about a year ago. Prior owner describes incident of cat being electrocuted from chewing on wire and sipping breathing for 20 seconds. Coming back having obvious injuries bit lasting symptom of eyes unable to focus. Still skittish and hides alot.

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Chi
Tabi
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Electrocution burns

My cat got electrocuted and burnt her both front paws...vet says it's irreparable and will dry and fall off eventually or we might have to amputate the leg. What best can I do to make her better? Would u be unable to recommend somewhere I can get prosthetic limbs for her since we dont have such facilities in India?

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Belle
mixed
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My cat chewed through a laptop cable and jumped back. Lasted max 2seconds. She is acting perfectly normal. Breathing normal, eating, purring. Seems content. Should I be worried at all?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
Electric cable bite injuries can cause localised tissue damage to the mouth but also may lead to pulmonary edema; I don’t know if she bit before or after the adaptor so I don’t know how many volts or AC or DC was given. You should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gary
tabby
1.5
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

scared
freightened

My cat chewed through a chirstmas tree light wire and got electrocuted. He instantly ran across the house and his tail got really big. He is still eating and drinking. What do I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
The biggest problem with electrocution injuries is pulmonary edema, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as fluid accumulation in the lungs will cause more severe health issues than some swelling in the tail. Apart from visiting your Veterinarian, I cannot give you any other advice due to the severity of the electrical injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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