In homes around the world, the family cat is definitely part of the family, and there is simply nothing we wouldn’t do to make sure our cat has a long, happy, and healthy life. And that’s why more and more of us are taking time to learn a little first aid.
Knowing even just a little bit of cat first aid means that you will be able to help your cat should it become injured or ill. Just like kids, cats can be curious, and as a result, they can sometimes get themselves into trouble. We are prepared to handle both minor and major emergencies with our children, and although we hope that never happens, we are prepared. With cat wound care we can be just as prepared.
Your pets first aid kit should hold many of the items that a human first aid kit will hold – Gauze, tape, scissors, Vet Aid’s Animal Wound Care Spray, antiseptic; alcohol to clean wounds, antibacterial cream for infection, tweezers, and rubber tubing, or a muzzle. You can also buy self-adhesive wrap at the pet store, which can be used for sprains and to hold gauze in place.
When a cat is in pain, it may snap and even bite trying to keep you away from the wound. Be careful because no matter how much your cat loves you when they are in pain they can be unpredictable. The rubber tubing that you put in your pet first aid kit can be used to gently tie your cat’s mouth so that you can safely look at the injury. If you have a muzzle in your first aid kit, then, of course, use it. You don’t need a bite to deal with while trying to administer first aid.
Your pets first aid kit is the first line of treatment should your cat become injured. If the injury is serious then take your cat to the vet immediately. Minor cuts and scrapes can be easily handled but should always be disinfected and properly cleaned because they can quickly become infected. When in doubt always see your veterinarian. You should also keep an eye on minor injuries to make sure they don’t fester.
Lifesaving first aid may be beyond the ability of your pet first aid kit; however, do the best you can and then transport immediately to your vet. Keep the number of your vet handy, and hopefully, someone can phone ahead for your arrival so that the vet’s office is prepared.
To go with your pet first aid kit, it’s also a good idea to get some basic wound care skills. Your vet can probably assist you with the basics, and there is plenty of help online that can have you ready to handle any cat emergency.
You can either put together your own pet aid kit, or you can buy a handy kit that’s already got everything in it, plus a convenient case. Keep it handy in the house, and if you take your pet cat with you in the car, you should have the first aid kit in your car too.