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“DIY” At Home First Aid Kit!

  • Cat Nail Clippers
  • Styptic Powder
  • Scissors/Bandage Scissors
  • Tweezers/Hemostats
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Digital Thermometer
  • Elizabethan Collar (E-Collar)
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Gauze
  • Flashlight
  • Cotton Balls/ Q-Tips
  • Self-Adhesive Wrap
  • Roll Gauze
  • Bandage Tape
  • Antibacterial Ointment (Neosporin)
  • Sterile Saline
  • Electric Hair Clippers
  • Tick Removal Tool
  • “Important Phone Numbers” (Poison Control, Veterinarian, Emergency Veterinarian etc.,)
  • Document Folder (rabies certificate, recent bloodwork results, vaccine history etc.,)
  • Hot/Cold Pack
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Towel or Muzzle (in case you need to administer first aid and your pet is not thrilled about it)
  • Artificial Tear Gel
  • Cat/Pet Carrier
  • Bitter Apple Spray (this is a “bitter spray” that deters pets from chewing at their bandages)

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

The best first aid can be prevention!

  • Keep your cat indoors. There are far more dangers for your cat outside than you will be able to protect him from. Cars, people, poisons, toxic items, fights with other cats, and the potential for accidents are all greater outside.
  • Don’t use mouse poison or dangerous chemicals in your home. If you must have toxic items in your home, keep them under lock and key. Be aware of lesser-known dangers like detergent pods, essential oil diffusers etc.,
  • Keep an eye on your cat. Observe your cat routinely. Learn what normal behavior, weight, appetite, and litter box habits are for your individual cat, and then monitor closely for any changes. Being aware that there is a problem is essential to treating it quickly.

Cats’ normal heart and respiratory rates and temperatures are different from humans’. Here is what you need to know:

  • Normal heart rate for cats: 140-220 beats per minute
  • Normal feline respiratory rate: 15-30 breaths per minute
  • Normal temperature for cats: 100.5˚F-102.5˚F

If you are evaluating your cat’s condition based on normal human values, you may panic when there’s no need.

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