First aid tips for cats

First Aid For Your Cat

Knowing what to do in an emergency can save your cats life. However, It is best to plan ahead before a catastrophe arises, by making a first aid kit for your pet. Start by having your veterinarian’s phone number and the emergency clinic number with directions posted where everyone in the family can easily locate them. From your local pharmacy you can purchase the following items to make your own pet first aid kit: sterile gauze bandages, roll bandages, first aid tape, betadine or any wound disinfectant, antibiotic eye ointment and eye wash solution, ant-itch spray such as hydrocortisone, anti-diarrheal medication, hydrogen peroxide, activated charcoal, tweezers and a thermometer. You should also have a pet carrier with towels or a blanket.

If your cat is stung by a bee or wasp or bitten by ants you can apply, a paste composed of baking soda mixed with water or use some anti itch spray. Remove the stinger with tweezers if possible and watch for swelling. If your pet develops difficulty breathing or worsening, symptoms call your vet.

If a skunk sprays your cat, to remove the offending odor, you will find a product n called Skunk Off at some pet stores. Alternatively, you can mix a solution of cup of baking soda with 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide and one teaspoonful of liquid soap. First, protect your cat’s eyes by applying ophthalmic antibiotic ointment then wash the cat and leave the mixture on for about four minutes before rinsing off. Call your vet if your pet’s eyes are severely affected or your cat continues to vomit.

When your cat suffers a small cut or scrape it can be cleaned with betadine, but be very careful handling an injured cat since even the friendliest pet will scratch or bite when in pain. Most cats can be restrained by holding at the scruff of their neck or wrapping them in a towel restricting their legs. If injured in a fight with an unvaccinated cat or wild animal bring to your vet. If the wounds are bleeding, try to apply sterile gauze, maintaining pressure until you reach the vet. Keep the animal warm by covering with towel.

For a fractured leg, wrap in rolled bandage followed by newspaper taped securely. If possible wrap a board in towels and gently place the cat on the board for transportation to the vet. Try to help your cat stay calm by talking to her quietly. If your cat becomes unconscious, keep her head level with the rest of her body.

If your cat is overheated with rapid

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