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
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Karo syrup
  • Activated charcoal
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Digital thermometer
  • Clean cloths or towels
  • Eyedropper or large syringe without needle
  • Sterile saline eyewash
  • Wound flush
  • Diphenhydramine

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. 

Ensuring your feline friend is up to date on vaccinations and parasite prevention is part of being prepared. Request an appointment