Feline First Aid Preparation
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Are you prepared for a feline medical emergency? Here's what you need for a feline medical crisis in your home. First of all, realize that first-aid does not substitute for veterinary treatment. Having basic knowledge can help save your cats life while you get him or her to your veterinarian.
Learn what is normal behavior for your cat and their overall appearance for your cat so you can easily assess when there is a problem. Keep telephone numbers and driving directions for your veterinarian, an emergency animal clinic and a poison control center. It is best to call ahead if possible. Most emergency clinics keep their doors locked and will have to buzz you in. It is recommended that you keep the emergency phone numbers in a conspicuous place such as on the side of the refrigerator or by the telephone.
It is best to approach a sick or injured animal slowly and cautiously. Avoid quick and loud movements to keep from scaring your pet. It is best to use a towel or blanket, especially if your cat acts aggressive.
Consider taking a Pet First Aid course. Purchase or create a first aid kit specific for your cat. Your first aid kit should contain the following items:
Sterile gauze rolls for bandages
Adhesive tape for bandages
Thermometer (your cat's normal temperature is safe between 100-103)
Pillowcase to confine your cat
Cotton balls and/or cotton swabs
Splints and tongue depressors
Sterile saline solution for flushing wounds
Ear cleaning solutions
Towels to keep your kitty warm on the trip to the vet
Styptic powder to stop bleeding
Wound disinfectant (such as iodine)