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We always do our best to keep our feline friend healthy and safe at all times. However, even if you practice extreme caution, there is always a chance for the unthinkable to happen as cats let curiosity get the better of them. On top of that, by the time your feline receives professional medical help, the situation could have taken a turn for the worse. You need to have a cat first aid at home for the following reasons.
What should a cat first-aid contain?
- Event of injuryAs cats are highly curious, they tend to explore every inch of space available to them. As a result of this, they may end up in places that are extremely difficult to get down from. Also, other animals may enter and your feline friend may get into scuffles. In either case, your feline friend can get injured. While you need to take it to the vet as soon as possible, you can temporarily alleviate its pain or prevent the injury from getting worse.
- Ingestion of harmful chemicals, foods, or plantsCats love to go through every nook and cranny of your house to find things that are interesting to them. Due to this, cats may gain access to chemicals and foods that are extremely dangerous to them such as rat poison, floor cleaning products, medicines, grapes, raisins, chocolate, and alcohol to name a few. Even if you keep these products locked away in a cabinet, there is still a risk of your feline friend discovering them by accident. Plants such Cyclamen, Castor Bean, Tulips, Spanish Thyme, and English Ivy are extremely toxic to felines. If you feline friend ingested any of these items, you need to take it to the vet immediately as every second counts. You can reduce the level of toxicity and severity by inducing vomiting with the help of hydrogen peroxide, usually found in first-aid kits.
- Insect bitesAs there are insects all around us, there are chances of them biting your feline friend which can result in minor problems ranging from such as pain, itching, or swelling to major ones such as vomiting, facial swelling, difficulty in breathing or hives. If the problem persists, you need to take your feline friend to the vet as quickly as possible. A first-aid kit will make the entire process easier as you can temporarily help it before help arrives.
A first-aid kit for cats should contain the following items:
- Scissors with blunt ends
- Gauze pads and rolls
- Adhesive tape
- Sterile eye lubricant and eye wash
- Blanket or towel
- Saline water
- Sterile lubricant that is water-based
- Phone number for your vet and after hours vet
- Anti-bacterial ointment
- Antiseptic wipes
- Cotton swabs and balls
- Prescription medications
By investing in a first aid that has the following items, you will be able to save the life of your feline during emergencies!