For the care and safekeeping of your cat, for the house or potential journeys, and even for little bumps and bruises, having a first aid kit for your kit is essential.
What should you place in your cat's first aid kit? Firstly, products for your cat's fur (comb or brush, adapted shampoo), lotion for cleaning eyes and ears, a toothbrush as well as cat toothpaste and a claw-clipper. These items are indispensable for your cat's external wellbeing.
You can then add items for little injuries that don't necessarily require a visit to the veterinary. Some can be patched up by a pet parent who has thought to make a first aid kit for their cat!
An anti-tick hook
A hook for removing ticks is absolutely necessary in a first aid kit. If you have found a tick, it is best to remove it immediately in order to avoid the transmission of diseases.
The inoculation of a germ responsible for an illness can occur very quickly, in the hours that follow the tick attaching itself to the skin of your pet. You should not tear off the tick as this leaves the head inside the skin, but remove it carefully in its entirety. This kind of tick hook is simple to use. It allows the tick to be removed without pain and without the use of spray or serum.
Products for first aid or regular use
Your cat's first aid kit should also be comprised of an antiseptic lotion and pommade for treating superficial scrapes or stings. Also include small, rounded scissors, sterilised compresses, cotton cloth or gauze, plasters and bandages. A self-sticking bandage could help keep a plaster on, for example.
If your cat throws up in the car and suffers from car sickness, the veterinary could prescribe an adapted treatment to be given to your cat before travelling. This should also be placed in the first aid kit.
You should also have a thermometer, the normal temperature of a cat being around 38.5°C. An antidiarrhetic should complete your cat's first aid kit.
Antiparasitic and deworming products can also have a place in your cat's first aid kit. These treatments should be completed regularly all year long according to your veterinary's recommendations.
Paperwork, prescriptions and ongoing treatment
Your cat's first aid kit can also hold, if necessary, prescriptions and ongoing treatment.
Finally, your cat's first aid kit can have a compartment for all the paperwork: health record booklet, passport, ID card, insurance papers etc. This will allow you to always have what you need on hand!