First Aid Kit Checklist for the Cat Owner Having a well-stocked first-aid kit on hand for your beloved cat will help ensure that you’re prepared for minor illness and injuries. Although there are many commercial kits available, you can easily assemble your own kit with items commonly found at a pharmacy or local store. Having the right supplies means you’ll be ready to help your best friend safely and quickly in an emergency. Below is a list of products that may be helpful in a pinch. First Aid Kit Checklist Read more: Need to speak with a veterinarian regarding first aid for your cat or another condition? Are you concerned about your pet?Book a video consultation with an experienced veterinarian within minutes.Professional vet advice onlineLow-cost video vet consultationsOpen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Book Video Consultation First Aid Kit ChecklistThermometer - A clean, rubber-tipped digital thermometer can come in handy if your cat is ill. You’ll use this to determine whether they are over-heated/febrile or too cold (hypothermic). The most accurate way to take a pet’s temperature is rectally, so be sure to set aside one just for your pet instead of sharing with humans!Lubricant for thermometer (petroleum jelly or Vaseline)Eye flush - Normal saline eyewash can be extremely helpful if your pet has gotten something in their eye, like dirt or a grass awn. Rinse the eyes to help flush any debris out before seeing your veterinarian for further care. Be sure to use eyewash, and not contact solution!Syringes for flushing wounds or administering medicationPill-popper (tool for giving oral medication)Antiseptic solution - Common antiseptic solutions such as povidone-iodine (Betadine) or chlorhexidine products can be purchased over the counter and used to clean wounds in a pinch. Avoid alcohol-based products for cleaning - these can sting and cause pain.Gauze squares, gauze roll, self-adhesive bandage materialToenail trimmersGloves - latex or nonlatex gloves to use for any messy emergencyBandage tape - white 1-inch tapeBandage scissors - These are blunt-tipped scissors that are designed to minimize the risk of accidental injury when trying to remove anything bound around an animal, such as a bandage.Cold packTweezersElizabethan collar or balloon collarMuzzle - Pets who are scared or in pain can be unpredictable and reactive, even if they’re normally very kind and well-behaved. Having a muzzle, or materials on hand to fashion one safely can prevent injury to handlers when assisting during an emergency.Extra collar/leashTowels/blanketsAbsorbent potty padsWater bottle with clean waterPet first aid bookVaccine records and microchip information - Be prepared for emergencies by having a copy of your cat’s vital medical information and identification on hand.Contact information - Include your primary veterinarian, emergency veterinarians, poison control center, and teletriage provider (such as FirstVet) for quick access.Although you’ll be well-prepared for most minor injuries or accidents with a first aid kit, don’t stop there! Seek out additional training and resources to learn how to provide medical first aid for common problems like broken nails, bite wounds, and other ailments that may need attention until your pet can see a veterinarian.Read more:How to Trim Your Cat’s NailsHow to Treat Minor WoundsHow to Examine Your Pet at HomeNeed to speak with a veterinarian regarding first aid for your cat or another condition?Click here to schedule a video consult to speak to one of our vets. You can also download the FirstVet app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Stores.