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Emergency First Aid Kit

You never know when an accident will happen or an emergency involving your cat, keeping a cat emergency kit at your home is a good idea. You can put a first aid kit together yourself and buy the items separately or buy one ready-made. If you make one yourself, use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid to store the following items:

Phone Numbers
Bandaging Materials
Veterinary clinic phone number and directions to the clinic
Square gauze of various sizes (sterile and non-sterile)
Emergency clinic phone number and directions
Non-stick pads
Poison control center phone numbers
First aid tape - both paper (easily comes off of skin) and adhesive types
Equipment and Supplies
Bandage rolls - gauze and Vetwrap
Band-Aids (for humans)
Magnifying glass
Rehydrating solution (i.e., Gatorade or Pedialyte)
Nutritional supplement such as Nutri-Cal, Vitacal, or Nutristat
Nail clippers and metal nail file
High sugar source: Karo syrup
Styptic powder or sticks, Kwik Stop, or cornstarch
Medicines **
Wound disinfectant (Betadine or Nolvasan)
Eye dropper or oral syringe
Triple antibiotic ointment for skin
Feeding tubes of various sizes (consult veterinarian for proper usage and training)
Antibiotic ophthalmic ointment for eyes (e.g., Terramycin)
Cotton swabs
Eye wash solution
Cotton balls
Sterile saline
Clean towels (cloth and paper)
Antidiarrheal medicine such as Pet Pectate (should NOT contain salicylates)
Rectal thermometer
Cat laxative in paste form (e.g.; Doctor's Foster & Smith Hairball Remedy, Laxatone)
Lubricant such as mineral oil, Vaseline, or KY Jelly (without spermicide)
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for allergic reactions (obtain dose from your veterinarian)
Disposable gloves
Cortisone spray or cream (i.e., Itch Stop)
Syringes (various sizes)
Ear cleaning solution
Needle-nose pliers or hemostats
Hydrogen peroxide (induce vomiting - only use as directed by a veterinarian)
Grease-cutting dish soap (Dawn - original formula [blue])
Activated charcoal to absorb ingested poisons (consult your veterinarian before using)
Bitter Apple or other product to discourage licking
Pet carrier
** Check the expiration dates on any medication, and replace as needed.
Towel or blanket to keep your cat warm during transport (some pharmacies and camping outlets carry a thermal blanket)
Cold packs and heat packs (wrap in towel before using)
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