Every cat carer should be prepared and have a first aid kit on hand for emergencies. Having a few basic items on hand will enable you to treat minor problems at home, or in an emergency, provide basic life-saving care until you get to your veterinarian’s office. It is a good idea to have a first-aid kit in the house and one in the car, especially if you spend a lot of time travelling.
The first aid kit should be stored in a cool, dry place, out of the reach of children and periodically checked to ensure first aid items have not passed their expiry date. Many online pet suppliers now sell first aid kits for cats, or you can make one up yourself.
Regularly rotate items in the first aid kit to ensure that they are always within their use by date.
What you will need:
Adhesive tape – 1-inch roll
Activated charcoal tablets
Alcohol-isopropyl (for sterilising equipment)
Bandage (preferably self-adhering)
Betadine solution (dilute 1:10)
Bubble wrap (for splinting)
Clean, soft towel or blanket
Container with a lid
Cotton balls or roll of cotton wool
First aid book
Gauze pads 3 x 3 inch
Gauze roll 3 inch
Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
Information card with your pet’s baseline temperature and weight
Milk of magnesium tablets (5 gram)
Ready made cold packs & hot packs or a hot water bottle
Scissors (blunt tipped)
Sterile saline flush solution
Telephone number of your poisons hotline.
Telephone number of your veterinarian, including an emergency clinic.
Always replace first aid materials and medications after they have been used.
It is also important to have some basic first aid knowledge, so that should you need to treat your cat, you have some experience. Your veterinarian may be able to recommend (or run) classes for basic pet first aid.
Remember, an injured cat may be scared, when treating proceed with caution and have somebody to help restrain & calm the cat if possible.
Normal vital signs in cats:
Knowledge is power and being aware of what the normal vital signs and stats of cats is important for assessing the severity of illness or injury. Of course, there may be variations, but the general guidelines are as follows:
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