Re: [FH] Checking heart rate...Fwd: breath rate for cats
- Great info. This is good to have.
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On Nov 12, 2012, at 2:54 PM, mmayer11@... wrote:
> As we are discussing this, it's always worth re-sending this info...
> Subject: breath rate for cats
> How to check your cat's pulse/heartbeat:
> To check the pulse, feel for the femoral artery which is located close to the surface on the inside of the thigh at the groin.
> I found it difficult to find the femoral artery to check the pulse, another method which I found much easier was to feel the heartbeat. To do this press against the rib cage over the heart. With the cat standing, feel the pulse just behind the elbow. See image below.
> Either way, count the number of beats in 15 seconds & then multiply by 4 to get the total number per minute.
> Around 20 - 30 breaths per minute in a cat at rest.
> How to check your cat's respiration:
> One respiration is an inhalation & exhalation. To check the respiration rate count how many times the chest rises & falls in a 15 second period. Remember, one rise & fall = one respiration. Multiply the figure by 4 to get the total respiration rate per minute.
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