Though you never want to think of an emergency happening to your cat, unpredictable things can occur, and the more prepared you are ahead of time, the better both you and your cat will be able to get through them.
You can take a look at our article, "First Aid for Cats: An Overview" to learn more about various emergency situations, and click on each link to find first aid treatments for each of them.
There are also things that can happen with your cat that aren't an emergency but do require some assistance from you.
Having a well-stocked feline first aid kit close at hand can help you more confidently manage any health problems your cat encounters until you can get him to the veterinarian.
What Should Your Cat's First Aid Kit Include?
Here is a list of things that we think should be present in every well-stocked feline first aid kit:
- Nail clippers for cats
- Styptic powder
- Bandage scissors
- Tweezers or a hemostat
- Disposable gloves
- 1 or 2 6cc dosing syringes for administering medication or flushing wounds
- Digital thermometer
- Elizabethan collar
- Lubricant such as petroleum jelly
- Antiseptic hand wipes
- Sterile gauze
- Cotton balls
- Sterile non-stick gauze pads
- Roll gauze
- Self-adhesive wrap
- 1-inch bandage tape
- Antibacterial ointment
- Small bottle of Betadine®
- Sterile saline
- Pet clippers
- Tick removal tool
You may also wish to start with a good pre-stocked pet first aid kit and add to it.
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