Hello again. CAT Stanley here.
Today I’d like to talk to you about first aid for cats because April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month.
Would you know what to do if your cat had an emergency? My CATalyst Council co-workers have kindly put together these five great feline first aid tips. Cats, please make sure your people read them.
Here a few other things that I think are worth mentioning about pet first aid. All you cat people, please listen up.
- Be prepared. Put together a first aid kit and keep it in a handy location. Include things like cotton, gauze, sterile first aid pads, tape and scissors. A mild antibacterial cleanser should be included as well. A pair of tweezers often comes in handy too. A thick towel or blanket to wrap us in or to line our carrier with may be a good idea also.
- Be sure you have a cat carrier, preferably one with a top that can be removed easily and quickly. Never try to transport one of us without a secure carrier or box of some sort.
- Keep the telephone numbers for both your regular veterinarian and the nearest emergency veterinary facility handy. Lots of folks attach these numbers to their refrigerator with magnets. Programming them into your phone is a great idea too. Remember that if something serious does happen, you’ll need these numbers quickly and won’t have a lot of time to search for them. Notify your veterinarian’s office immediately if your cat is injured and transport your cat to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
- I know that preventing emergency situations may not always be possible. Still, when possible, prevention is the best solution. Regular veterinary visits are important for all of us cats and can often detect minor problems, allowing treatment and/or resolution of a health issue before it does become an emergency that will cause panic and send you running off to the emergency veterinarian.
- Being aware of potential dangers and removing them from your household is also good practice. For instance, that Easter lily bouquet that looks so pretty and smells so nice is also a major danger for us cats. (Lilies are notoriously toxic for cats!) That sewing box that you used last night to hem up your favorite pair of pants has sharp needles and lots of thread in it. These items are much too tempting for a curious feline so keep them out of our reach. These are just a couple of examples of ways to cat-proof your house.
- Always keep an identification tag on us, just in case we sneak outside and get lost. Especially if we get hurt, knowing how to reach you is critical for the person who finds us. Many folks consider a microchip important too because identification tags can fall off. Something to think about.
Keep in mind, your veterinarian is your best source for health care information for your cat. Whether you have an emergency situation or just a routine question, your veterinarian will be able to give specific advice about your individual cat.