As a pet owner, are you prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster? The team at Cat Care Clinic in Bellevue, WA recommends having a first aid kit specifically for your cat. Here’s what you need to put one together.
Step 1: Stock up on health care essentials
While your first aid kit is packed full of wound-care essentials and other necessities, you will likely need to add a few items geared toward pet care. Stock your first aid kit in an easy-to-carry, waterproof tote with these supplies:
- Bandage materials, including non-stick gauze pads, self-adhesive wrap, and tape
- Styptic powder
- Triple antibiotic ointment
- Fresh 3% hydrogen peroxide
- Rubbing alcohol
- Milk of magnesia
- Karo syrup
- Activated charcoal
- Dawn dish soap
- Digital thermometer
- Clean cloths or towels
- Eyedropper or large syringe without needle
- Sterile saline eyewash
- Wound flush
Add a copy of one of these top pet first aid books to your kit, in case you don’t have internet or cell phone access during an emergency.
Step 2: Refill your cat’s medications
Always include a month’s supply of your kitty’s chronic medications, such as anti-inflammatories, thyroid medication, or anti-epileptic medication. Rotate supplies out as needed to prevent expiration, and don’t forget to add a dose of your cat’s heartworm, flea, and tick preventive.
Step 3: Print a copy of your cat’s vaccination records
Keep your cat’s updated vaccination records, medical history, and a current color photo of you and your kitty together in your first aid kit. If you have to evacuate your home with your cat, you’ll have a handy copy of your cat’s pertinent information for an emergency veterinary visit or a boarding stay.