There will be times when you can't get your cat to the veterinarian right away, or her condition might warrant emergency first aid treatment before the trip. Be prepared, with your Feline First Aid Kit.
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- Assemble the following supplies in a box with a secure lid. Keep the box near your cat food supplies in case you need to find it in a hurry.
- Tweezers, preferably very sharp pointed.
- Rectal thermometer. The digital variety is preferable because it is more readily read.
- Small scissors, preferably with blunt ends. (For cutting hair, bandages, tape.)
- Sterile gauze pads, rolled sterile gauze, white surgical tape.
- Cotton balls and a roll of cotton padding.
- Hydrogen Peroxide for cleaning out wounds.
- Sterile eyewash solution (The human variety is fine.)
- Antiseptic cleaner, such as Bactine.
- Hydrocortisone ointment for insect stings.
- Eye droppers. You can buy these separately at your pharmacy.
- Emergency ice pack. (Keep this item in your freezer, and wrap in a towel before using.)
- The telephone number of your veterinarian, including night and emergency numbers. Keep this information in a waterproof packet, along with your pet's medical records.
- Rotate your supplies so the medications will be fresh.
- Package spillables in plastic zip-lock bags in case you have to evacuate during a disaster.
- Do not use your First Aid Kit in lieu of seeing a veterinarian, in case of serious injuries or illness.