A cat is one of the most curious pets in the world, which usually gets it into trouble. First-Aid kits are associated with injuries and emergencies, but the ones made for cats are often used for minor treatment and assistance. Nevertheless, responsible pet owners should have a first-aid cat kit in stock. In this article, we will overview the most frequent scenarios of first-aid kits being necessary. This will be a brief look at the topic. If you are interested in more details, you can read the corresponding articles on Catademy.
The first thing you need a first-aid kit for is to have all the tools to properly examine your cat. These pets are notable for their restlessness, and will surely resist you, especially if they are not in a comfortable position. First-aid kits usually contain magnifying glass, latex gloves, and other useful tools for making the process comfortable and safe both for you and your cat.
As we have already stated above, most cat troubles come from their curiosity. They naturally like to explore things, which get them dirty or even hurt. The most common case is when you find some briar or a set of thorns stuck to the fur of your cat. For these situations, the first-aid kits usually include scissors and tweezers to easily deal with all the nasty stuff.
Regularly cutting the claws of your cat is generally a good pet care practice. However, you might also need it in case a minor emergency happens. Having a pair of nail trimmers in the first-aid kit is essential as it will become the most common tool you will use.
The next thing you need the first-aid kit for is dealing with the injuries. Cats get hurt pretty often and are usually able to heal small cuts by themselves without the owner even noticing. But if you do notice that your cat has a cut, the first-aid kit contains all you need.
Medicines are also an important part of any first-aid kit. The most decent kits include medicines for treating skin issues, washing eyes, cleaning ears, and many more. They even sometimes include hydrogen peroxide to make the cat vomit and activated charcoals to absorb poisons. However, these are recommended for use only if directed by a veterinarian.
It is important to mention that all first-aid kits include different medicines, so look for the basic components in the description if you plan to buy a pre-packed kit. Cats commonly do not get new issues throughout their lifetime, so you will only need to ensure that the kit has everything that is usually needed.
Other Useful Tools
We have described the five most common cases in which you are going to need a first-aid kit for your cat. However, pre-packed kits usually come with lots of other useful tools. For example, they often have a flashlight for you to have a better look at the wound you are treating. There are also cotton swabs, towels, styptic powders, lubricants, thermometers, syringes, bandaging materials, and more.
Better Have and Not Need
The proverb from the heading is only half true when it comes to having or not having a first-aid kit for your cat. If your cat requires your immediate help, you will definitely regret not having a kit. However, it is very unlikely that you won’t get to use it at all.
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