You know the old saying, cats have 9 lives. One of the reasons is that cats seem to always find a way to get into trouble, yet they always find a way out of it too. That’s just all part of a cat being a cat, but sometimes those cute little fur balls don’t get out of trouble, and they may become hurt, scratched, bitten or eat something they shouldn’t have. That’s the time for a Cat First Aid Kit.
Sure, you’ll always do your best to safeguard your cat, but being naturally curious, they are going to get into situations that could become harmful. In cases where they may need to get to a vet, having a first aid kit could make a major difference between life and death.
Granted, no one likes to think of that possibility, and your cat won’t purposely endanger itself either, but if there ever comes a time when your cat gets itself into some serious trouble, you’ll be glad you had an emergency kit on hand.
What’s in a Cat First Aid Kit?
Although you will have some specialized items, think of a cat as being a little human. Many of the supplies in a first aid kit for cats would also apply for humans too. Here is a run down of the basics that every cat first aid kit should consist of.
- Working Flashlight — Make sure it is a modern LED type of light. They use very little battery power and will last for years in storage with the same batteries.
- Cat/Pet First Aid Book — If something happens to your cat, you’ll have instant information on what to do at your finger tips.
- Gauze Pads and Rolls — One of the more common injuries are cuts and abrasions. Gauze, in either pads or rolls, can wrap the wound and stem any flow of blood.
- Adhesive Tape — Essentially used to secure a gauze wrapping.
- Non-Latex Disposable Gloves — You don’t want your hands to come into contact with questionable bodily secretions.
- Styptic Powder — Just like when you cut yourself shaving and want to stop bleeding, it also works to stop bleeding on cats too.
- Medications — Any prescribed medicine should be included, benedryl for allergic reactions, buffered aspirin for pain and hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting, but only as directed by your vet.
- Self Activating Hot and Cold Packs — Hot packs keep them warm while cold packs cool them off.
- A Blanket — Ideally, a portable space age foil blanket, but any small blanket will do.
- A Pillow Case — This would be used as an emergency cat carrier. The darkness inside is naturally soothing, but the fibers will still allow your kitty to breathe.
- Blunt Nose Scissors — You can cut away tangles, bandages, twisted rope, collars and virtually anything else.
- Tweezers — Pulling slivers, thorns or even quills is a lot easier with a pair of tweezers.
- Eye Wash and Lube — If kitty gets poked in the eye, you can wash it out, lube it up and get them into the vet.
- Bottled Water — In any circumstance, don’t let your cat become dehydrated.
- Records and Contact Information — Keep a note with medical records on it, like shots, allergies, spay/neuter and also include contact info of you, a friend and your veterinarian.
Prepare for the Worst
No, that is not a negative way to look at a first aid kit, it is a practical way. If you are prepared for the worst, you’ll be prepared for anything, and that’s exactly what a first aid kit is all about. First aid gives your kitty the precious time needed to make it to the hands of a veterinarian, and from there you are trusting in qualified and experienced hands.
So take the time, get the supplies, put them in a box or a storage container and let everyone in the family know where it is. A first aid kit for your cat may be a lifesaver, and that’s the best reason for having one.
About the Author
Mary Nielsen founded FelineLiving.net and is a passionate cat lover, blogger, and part-time music teacher. She founded her blog to share her ups and downs of being a pet parent to a bunch of adorable kittens and cats. When she is not playing with them or teaching, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen.