First Aid For Your Cat

Cats sometimes get sick, but that isn't the only reason you may need a vet-you cat could also get injured. Injuries happen for many reasons, and sometimes nobody is to blame. However, you can increase you cat's chance of survival or help to comfort a cat with minor wounds if you are prepared and know a little about first aid for kits. This is essential information that any pet owner should know.

First and foremost, it is important to understand that your first aid efforts can never replace a vet. Your cat needs to have a primary vet in the area where he or she can be treated for emergencies. If you have any doubt in your mind as to how to care for your cat, you should contact your vet. Also, remember that your cat make receive internal injuries as well as external ones, so if he or she is acting strangely and you don't know what is wrong, a vet is your best choice.

You should have first aid items on hand in order to care for your cat when injuries are not serious or until you can get to the vet's office. It's a good idea to keep a cat first aid kit on hand, and this should travel with you whenever your cat leaves home. In fact, most of the time it is in your best interest to make two kits-one for home and one for travel. Included in the first aid kit should be a small roll of gauze and a large roll of gauze. Surgical tape, an emergency ice pack, a bottle of 1% hydrogen peroxide, gloves, a pillowcase (for transferring the cat), a blanket, a towel, a bottle of saline eye wash, a rectal thermometer, a small flashlight, a pair of tweezers, scissors, antihistamine, and a box of backing soda.

Talk to your vet about the appropriate items to use if you cat is injured. If your cat is comfortable with it, you can practice bandaging and taking his or her temperature. You should also practice using the pillowcase to lift your cat, and if you are new to the area, make sure that you know the route to the nearest vet hospital.

Remember, a sick or injured cat can be difficult to control. Learn to talk soothingly to your cat and avoid eye contact when your cat is injured, as this is seen as threatening. If you fell uncomfortable approaching an injured cat, call an animal shelter, animal control officer, or vet for assistance. Your cat will be scared, but the sooner you provide first aid the better.


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