Medicine cabinet for cats: what needs to be in the first aid kit?

In the course of a cat's life, one or two injuries can occur. A well-stocked pharmacy for cats helps when scratches, ticks and the like need to be treated. It also saves you unnecessary stress if the vet is not immediately available. Read here what belongs in the cat pharmacy. What actually belongs in a good medicine chest for cats? - Shutterstock / Dora Zett

Cats are curious animals and there are sometimes minor injuries. In such cases, a house pharmacy for cats helps you to take care of your fluffy darling yourself. And even in more severe cases, the medicine chest can provide valuable services as a first aid kit before it goes to the responsible veterinarian.

Play it safe: these phone numbers belong in the cat pharmacy

Not only medication and bandages belong in the medicine chest for cats, the most important phone numbers of veterinarians and the like should also have a permanent place in the first aid box. These numbers include:

● The veterinarian's office phone number
● The veterinarian's cell phone number
● The phone number of the nearest veterinary clinic including address
● If available: phone number and address of the nearest animal ambulance
● The number of the poison control center
It is best to stick a note with the most important data in the lid of your medicine chest, then everything is at hand when it matters.

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These instruments belong in the medicine cabinet for cats

Not only the most important phone numbers should always be at hand, also some basic tools and utensils belong in the medicine cabinet for cats. In particular, you should add the following things to your first aid kit:

● A (digital) clinical thermometer
● A pair of tick pliers or alternatively a tick card
● Tweezers
● Scissors with rounded tips
● Disposable syringes without needles to rinse out wounds or administer medication / liquid
● Cannulas for taking (liquid) medication from bottles
● Disposable gloves
● Claw pliers
● An (LED) flashlight for examining ears and mouth
● A hot water bottle against hypothermia
● A cooling pad for cooling wounds or against overheating (which you should keep in the refrigerator)
● A blanket for warming and for transportation
● A flexible rubber tube to bind heavily bleeding wounds

Dressing materials for the cats medicine cabinet

In addition to instruments, dressing materials also belong in the first aid kit for cats. In terms of selection, you can actually orientate yourself quite a bit to conventional first-aid kits for people. To be prepared for any eventuality, you should pack the following things:

● Gauze bandages
● elastic bandages (ideally self-adhesive)
● Compresses to cover wounds under the bandage
● Bandage cloth
● Bandage wadding for padding sensitive areas
● Bandage adhesive tape (Leukosilk or similar)
● Cotton swabs for cleaning the ears and applying ointments etc.
● Wound disinfectant (without iodine!) For your cat
● Disinfectant for your hands and the utensils used

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The main medicines for the first aid kit

Of course, in addition to instruments and bandages, certain medicines also belong in the medicine cabinet for cats. Here, however, it is important to first consult with your veterinarian about which preparations are particularly suitable for your darling. In addition, some cats have special health needs that also need to be considered when it comes to first aid kits. Your veterinarian can help you put it together. Nevertheless, we can give you some basic tips:

● An isotonic electrolyte solution to rinse your cat's wounds and eyes
● Soothing drops (without alcohol)
● Ointment or gel for skin injuries and joint or muscle problems
● A means to drive away fleas and ticks
● Eye drops (but always watch out for serious eye injuries!)

Important: Never use medication for people

For example, although Traumeel gel is also used as a homeopathic medicine for humans, you should never use "normal" medication for your cat. Even iodine, which is often used for disinfection, is toxic to your house tiger and therefore has no place in the medicine chest for cats. Also disinfectant alcohol and pain relievers from the conventional medicine chest are not suitable for cats and especially the latter can be fatal even in the smallest doses. If in doubt, be sure to ask your veterinarian first before giving your cat a medication or adding it to your cat first aid kit.