Various sizes of syringes from 1cc to 12cc
Including an irrigation syringe (curved tip)
Thermometers (digital and standard, rectal)
Sterile gauze in all sizes (rolls and pads)
Horse wrap (vet wrap—comes in colors is self adhesive)
Pop cycle sticks or splints of various sizes. (wood, newspapers/magazines)
Vaseline (or KY jelly)
Visine or natural tears/opthamalic ointment for dry eyes
Paper towels/clean linen
Duct tape or masking tape
Styptic pencil or sterile powder
Suture needles and sutures
Ringers lactate 5%
Sub Q butterfly Needle
Hot /cold packs
Muzzles both types (just covering the mouth and mouth and eye cover type)
Medicines to have on hand
Peroxide or SYRUP of Ipecac
Dramamine or Benadryl
Anti diarrhea medicine.
Broad Spectrum antibiotics
are many Types of accidents and injuries that will require CPR to attempt
to save the life of your cat. Basically CPR is administered if breathing
and/or the heart has stopped.
first steps before administrating CPR is to determine if the cat is breathing
and if there is a heartbeat.
very closely at the cat’s ribs to see if there is a rise and fall
indicating breathing. You can also feel for breath with your face. If
the cat is not breathing, you will need to administer artificial breathing.
determine if there is a heartbeat, feel for the femoral artery (located
in the groin) or feel for the heartbeat on the lower left side of the
ribcage, (below the elbow).
the cat is not breathing lay the cat down on its right side.
Open mouth and clear secretions with finger or infant suction bulb.
Check for foreign objects and if found remove.
Pull the tongue forward and close the mouth.
Place your mouth over the cat’s nose.
Blow GENTILY into the nose. (you should note a rise in the chest)
Remove your mouth from the nose. (you should note a fall in the chest).
Should the chest not rise try blowing a bit more forcefully. (if necessary
seal the lips with your hand).
You should continue this at the rate of 1 breath every 4-5 seconds (12-15x
per minute) or until the cat is breathing on its own or the heart stops.
Artificial Breathing and Heart Massage
the cat has no heartbeat
Start Artificial Breathing as ascribed above
Place your fingers and thumb on either side of sternum (just behind the
Fingers should be on the right side of the sternum and thumb on the left.
Firmly compress the chest 6 x, administer Artificial Breathing, repeat
chest compressions, and so forth. You should have approx. 80-120 chest
compressions per minute.
Continue until cat is breathing and the heartbeat has resumed on its own,
or no heartbeat is felt for over 30 mins.
person can do CPR, but it is easier and more effective if there are two
at all possible do not stop compression during artificial breathing
every 2-3 mins to check for pulse and breathing—being as brief as
are many ways to restrain a cat for treatment, depending upon whether
the cat is cooperative or not, whether you have a helper or not, and the
type of treatment required.
It is always easier to have two or more people help in restraining a frightened
and injured cat.
2.Towel or blanket restraint. (wrap cat in towel or blanket exposing only
area necessary for treatment—easier with two people)
3.Cat bag (allows access to one leg at a time and or head also best if
used with two people)
4.Squeeze cage for uncooperative cats, may not allow good access and can
cause further injury.
5.Leash loop technique (loop a leash around neck and ONE leg. Requires
two people, one neck and leg are looped, one person keeps the leash taunt
while the other person holds the rear legs and administers treatment)
6.Stiff flat cardboard (cut four holes for legs to fit through, requires
two people, place a leg in each hole, with one hand grab front legs and
hold them together and with the other hand grasp hind legs and hold them
together while the other person administers treatment.
7. Most of the rest of the restraining techniques are holding the cat
down with one or more persons in such a fashion that if the cat is calm
and cooperative very little restraint is required. If the cat is agitated
and aggressive more force or restraint is required.
A. Scruffing the neck and pressing the cat firmly on a flat surface.
B. One person holds the forelegs in one had and the rearlegs in the other
(the cat being on one side or the other) and with the arm that is holding
the front legs apply pressure across the neck or chest which also keeps
the cats head from reaching the person treating.
C. Any innovative way to physically restrain the cat from clawing or biting
the helper and treater without injuring the cat or causing further damage
to the cat.
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