Know this First Aid Basics IF you have a cat.
We have a tendency to feel that as cat owners, we are immune to any form of cat emergency. We don't give cats much thought because they are so independent and self-sufficient. However, just like any other pet (or person), there are a variety of things we should expect from our cats. Accidents do happen, after all.
It’s a good idea to have an emergency first aid kit for cats available in your home. This can be valuable in any emergency.
Because cats are naturally curious, ingesting a toxic plant or item is one of the most possible emergency scenarios you may face as a cat parent. Poison sensitivity is high in cats, and it can lead to renal failure.
Houseplants that are harmful, such as lilies, should be avoided. If you think your cat has eaten something dangerous, call your veterinarian right away for help.
Bites or Scratches
Nothing is more terrifying than a bite-related mishap! Whether your cat was bitten by another cat, a dog, or another animal, there are things you should do right away to keep him safe.
If the cut is bleeding, apply pressure to it with a clean, absorbent towel or dishcloth. While you're doing this, comfort your cat since bites may be highly painful, and your cat may lash out.
It's a good idea to include a cat muzzle in your first-aid kit so you can give your cats first aid.
Bite wounds don't usually bleed much, but if you see heavy bleeding, you should take your cat to the veterinarian right away. If just a small amount of blood is visible, gently clean the area with soap and warm water. Abscesses are swelling spots beneath the skin that are filled with blood or infection. You'll need to see a veterinarian for draining and medicines for them.
It's critical to notify your veterinarian if your cat isn't up to date on her vaccines. The majority of infections are spread by saliva. If you suspect rabies, this is extremely crucial. Vaccinate your pets on a regular basis.
Bring your cat to the veterinarian right away if he or she begins to limp or refuses to use a leg, or if you notice a bone protruding from the skin. Radiology is the only means to identify if a fracture has occurred. If the fractures are not fixed right away, your cat may be permanently disabled.
You may not be able to securely place your cat in his carrier at this time. A box, a laundry basket, or any other robust container with plenty of ventilation is another option. Because your cat is likely to be distressed, using gloves when handling it is a good idea. While traveling to the veterinarian, try not to jolt your cat.
If you work with animals frequently or have a large number of cats, you might consider purchasing an emergency cat carrier.
Cats may be susceptible to heatstroke especially in such a humid climate in Singapore. Having fast ice packs on hand in the case of a power outage or being stuck on the side of the road is a smart idea. There is no need to freeze them because they are triggered by squeezing and shaking them.
Never leave your cat alone in a car or a room without enough ventilation, air conditioning, or a fan. Panting, listlessness, or resting on his side are all indicators of hyperthermia in cats. If you see this, use cold packs to your cat (not on it) and take it to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Medical emergencies can occur without notice. That's why, while we can never be completely prepared for every situation, it's critical for pet owners to understand the essentials of first aid. It's possible that being prepared will save your cat's life!