Thursday, April 2, 2015

First Aid For Your Cat



Accidents happen – sometimes pets get injured, eat the wrong foods, get bitten, cut, or even have seizures.  But, there are ways you can help on the way to the vet. As Dr. Doug Aspros, Former President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says, “You can't be over-prepared. Do your thinking and planning when you're calm - you'll make better decisions when the emergency happens."

So here are a few life-saving tips from the AVMA to help stabilize your pet:
  • If you think your pet has a broken bone, gently lay him or her on a flat surface, or use a blanket as a sling to gently transport your pet on the way to the veterinarian.
  • With cuts, press a clean, thick gauze pad over the wound and press on it until the bleeding stops. If bleeding is severe and on the legs, apply a tourniquet (using a rubber band and gauze) between the wound and the body to slow down the blood flow and get your animal to the vet ASAP.
  • For burns, flush immediately with lots of water. If the burn is more severe quickly apply an ice compress.
  • If your pet has been exposed to a toxin, check the label for immediate instructions such as washing its skin with soap and water, or flushing eyes with water.
  • If your pet is having seizures, keep them away from any objects, blanket your pet to keep them warm and call your vet or an emergency vet clinic.
  • For choking, if your pet can still breathe, get them to the vet immediately. Look in their mouth with a flashlight and quickly try to get the object out with atweezer. If that doesn’t work, place both hands on the side of his or her ribcage and strike the rib cage firmly with the palm of your hand 3 to 4 times while getting to the vet.

What your Pet First Aid Kit should include for home or travel:

VetWrap (or a similar bandaging product that clings to itself and molds nicely)
A nylon leash, muzzle, pet carrier (depending on animal size) and a pillow case for a cat that might need to be restrained; a small flashlight can also be quite useful.
Click to purchase!

THE CAT FIRST AID KIT FEATURED ABOVE HAS ITEMS LISTED BELOW AND MAY BE PURCHASED ON SUNNY-DOG INK. The book featured below may also be purchased by clicking here.

"No Place Like Home" Ultimate Cat First-Aid Kit Includes:
Cat First Aid & CPR Pocket Guide* by Denise Fleck/Quickfind Books
Quick Tips Laminated Pull-out Card
Hibiclens/Chlorhexidine Antibacterial Skin Cleanser
Rescue Remedy to ease panic/distress

CPR Germ Barrier Shield
Cat Muzzle
Flat Leash with "D" Ring with photo instructions for Figure 8 Cat Harness
Re-sealable Bag for Treats of Bio Sample
Cold Pack
Latex-Free Powder-free Gloves
3% Hydrogen Peroxide (8 fl oz)
Eye & Wound Wash (4 fl oz)
Kwik-Stop Styptic Powder including Cotton Swabs & Instructions
Digital Thermometer/Lubricating Gel
Stethoscope with photo instructions
Ticked-Off Tick Remover
12cc Curved Tip Syringe
Blunt-nosed Scissors
Dehydrated Pumpkin Apple Fiber
1" White Adhesive Tape
Bandaging Materials
4" X 4" Gauze Squares (10)
3" White Conforming Gauze Roll (2)
2" Flexible Self-Adhering Bandage
2" X 3" Non-Stick Pad for Burns (2)
Triangular Bandage for splinting
Topical Medications
Triple Antibiotic Ointment (2)
1% Hydrocortisone Cream (2)
Povidone/Iodine Swabs (2)
Antiseptic Towelettes (2)
Oral Medications
Diphenhydramine/Antihistamine Tablets (4)
Diotame/Antacid Tablets (4

We thank the American Veterinary Medical Association for sharing their tips with us to share with all of YOU!  Cody and I  were happy to feature the first aid kit and book
 from an 
earlier post that Dakota and I had done  for SUNNY -DOG INK: that was  on Dakota's blog last year. We were not compensated for this post, but received the first aid kit last year from Sunny -Dog Ink.


  1. Great advice and post. We have a kitty first aid kit prepared, thankfully we haven't had to use it yet for any of them!

  2. Great advice, and peeps need t take heed for being ready for 'stuff' that might happen too.

    Hope nobody needs to use them though.

  3. Great post! I recently bought a Pet First Aid Kit and was planning to write a post about it. Every pet owner should have one.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  4. Great advice and always good to be prepared just in case. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. This is such a great idea. I don't know anyone who has a pet first aid kit at home (me included). Yet it may be so important. Have a lovely end of the week.

  6. Great's SOOOOOO impawtant to BE PURRRRPARED!

    Hugs, Sammy

  7. Thank you Auntie Caren for your comment on my bloggie. That image and truth written on it also bring tears to MY mommy's eyes every single time. xxoo

  8. UGH! I really need to update my first aid!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  9. ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday Dear Cody,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you.♪♪

    Excellent advice. We have to take care of our babies.

    Have a purrfect day Cody. My best to your mom. ☺

  10. What a gweat posty Cody and Miss Caren. Hope y'all have a pawsum day.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

  11. Great post full of useful information. Everyone should have a first aid kit for their pets.

  12. That would so useful to every animal owner!

  13. Bravo Cody and Mom, that was an impressive bunch of helpful information.

  14. Great, helpful post. Although we don't actually have a first aid kit, we have a lot of the stuff on the list. It would probably be a good idea for us to put it all in one place and make sure we have everything!

  15. Caren, thank you so much for this excellent information. I am going to order one of those first aid kits. Hugs, Janet

    1. Janet you are most welcome!! I pray you never need to use it, but it is so important to have! (((hugs))) back!

  16. What an important post. We need to get one of those first aid kits.

  17. Great and thorough article Caren! We need to get one of those pet aid kits! Ack!

    the critters in the cottage xo

    1. thank you! If you get one I pray you never have to use it!