Building a cat emergency kit is simple when you have the right cat first aid supplies. Handy cat care items to keep in your kit include:
- Antibiotic ointment Get an antibiotic ointment for cats that is designed for them and use it for surface scratches and cuts. Don’t use harsh or irritating antiseptics like rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
- Cat bandage Self-adhering bandages placed over a gauze pad allow you to protect your cat’s wound until a vet can be consulted. If your cat is bleeding profusely, a tightly wrapped bandage can prevent dangerous blood loss.
- Cat cone A cone collar can keep your cat from biting or scratching at a wound. Just make sure to keep your kitty inside while the collar is in use, as their vision and coordination will be somewhat impaired while they’re wearing a cone.
- Pain relief for cats Your vet might prescribe a pain-relieving medication for your cat. Make sure to follow veterinarian instructions, as some pain relievers made for humans are harmful to felines.
If being bandaged or coned seems to be stressful to your cat, you might want to incorporate cat calming aids into their routine until they’re feeling less anxious. Some calming aids are sprays or diffusers that work atmospherically to reduce your cat’s stress—and associated destructive behaviors—while others take the form of soft chews that can be given with cat food.