Emergencies can knock your door anytime and we all know that our cat’s daily routine is full of adventure. So, it’s better to be prepared for it before one emerges. A Cat First Aid is the first immediate treatment given to your injured cat until a professional medical treatment is available. Instead of purchasing a ready-made cat first aid kit, you can even stock up your own first aid kit using The American Red Cross as a great resource. In today’s post, we are going to share common medical emergencies, how to tackle them and items required while preparing a first aid kit for your kitty.
Common Medical Emergencies
Bleeding is associated with internal injury (any cut or wound on the outer parts of the body) or external injury ( inside abdomen region or internal organs). Controlling the loss of blood is the most essential part of the first aid as excessive blood loss may lead to shock or even death. Use pressure bandages for minor external bleeding and seek medical treatment immediately in case of internal bleeding.
Our cats have this habit of sensing and in-taking different items and some of them are poisonous as well. In-taking such elements can result in external or internal bleeding, dilated pupils, drooling or foaming at the mouth, seizures etc. Contact immediately the nearest veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
- Bee Sting or Other Insect Bite
Such bites can lead to different situations from minor reactions like swelling or itching to more serious outcomes such as heavy swelling, vomiting, skip-breathing etc. Apply ice over the injected area and try to neutralize the sting. Never try to pull the stinger as it can eject more poison into the wound.
Preparing a Cat First Aid Kit
Before we move forward, let me make you very clear that First Aid Care is NOT a substitute for veterinary care. It may save your cat’s life but a professional medical treatment is always highly recommended.
Always try to keep all the supplies of the first aid kit in a single bag or box as it will make easier to access any required item.
List of essential items:
- Sterile Latex gloves
- Blankets and towels
- Hydro-cortisone cream
- Copies of veterinary documents
- Emergency Phone numbers
- Antibacterial ointment
- Cotton squares
- Hypoallergenic tape
- White petroleum jelly
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- General Medications
- Nail trimmers and Styptic Powder
Additional elements you may wish to include are vaccination cards, medical history, and medicine dosage information. The pet owners should always keep a check on the expiry dates of all the supplies and re-stock the same.
At TAILored Cat Services, all employees are required to pass Pet CPR & First Aid Training. So, You don’t need to worry about this while dropping your cat to us. Check our cat sitting page to know more.