Siamese cats are curious, independent, and active. It’s no surprise they are often at the forefront of mischief and accidents. That’s why you must have a Siamese cat first aid kit on hand.
You can find veterinary-approved first aid kits at most pet shops or make them yourself. Be sure to keep it in a place that is accessible so that you can quickly grab it in case of an emergency.
You want to make you have all the essentials if you’re wanting to put together your own first aid kit. This may include basic items like gauze, bandages, and tweezers. I’ve put together 11 essential items for your Siamese cat first aid kit in this article.
The list of supplies below is by no means exhaustive, but it should give you a good starting point.
What Should Be in a First Aid Kit for Your Siamese Cat?
A well-stocked first aid kit will give you the peace of mind that you’ll be able to handle your cat’s emergencies. So what should you include in your Siamese cat first aid kit? At a minimum, you should have the following 11 items:
1. Antiseptic wound liquid
This can help to clean and disinfect any minor cuts or scrapes. Apply a small amount to a cotton ball and gently wipe away any dirt or debris from the affected area. You may also want to cover the wound with a bandage to keep your cat from licking it.
Siamese cats are susceptible to a wide range of health problems. There are over-the-counter remedies you should keep in your kit besides prescription meds.
For example, antibiotic ointment can help to prevent infection from minor wounds. Antihistamines can relieve allergic reactions. It’s also a good idea to have a pet-friendly pain reliever on hand to cure more severe injuries.
I was playing with my Siamese cat, Robyn, when suddenly she yelped and ran away. I found a tiny silver glass sticking out of her paw. It seemed like it would be easy enough to remove. However, it would only worsen the situation if I tried to do it with my fingers. I grabbed the tweezers from the first aid kit and carefully extracted the glass.
Tweezers aren’t only for removing foreign objects from your pet’s skin – they also come in handy for tick removal. Ticks can attach themselves to your pet while they’re outside. Ticks can cause a variety of diseases in both pets and humans, so you must remove them as soon as possible.
Remove the tick by grabbing it as close to the skin as possible. Otherwise, there’s a risk of leaving the head behind. This is much simpler to do with tweezers than with your fingers.
4. Pet nail clippers
These can help you keep your cat’s claws trimmed and tidy. They can also prevent your pet from causing damage to your furniture.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing Siamese cat nail clippers:
5. Rectal veterinary thermometer
Siamese cats are prone to respiratory problems. One of the first signs of illness is a change in body temperature. You can catch any potential health issues early by taking your cat’s temperature. You can then get them the treatment they need.
A rectal thermometer is the most accurate way to take a cat’s temperature and is also easy to use.
You can also use a regular oral or ear thermometer if you don’t have a rectal thermometer. However, these are less accurate and may be more difficult to use on a wiggly cat.
6. Scissors with Blunt End
I have a pair of blunt-tipped scissors in my Siamese cat’s first aid kit. They’re small and compact, which is ideal for a cat’s first aid kit. Blunt-tipped scissors are less likely to cause injury than sharp-tipped scissors. This makes them a safer option for pets.
The wider blades of blunt-tipped scissors make removing hair around an injury easier. The blunt tips can also help to prevent a bandage from slipping off.
7. Latex gloves
A pair of latex gloves protect you from getting scratches or bites when attending to your cat’s injuries.
Gloves are essential to any first aid kit – not just for you, but for your pet. Siamese cats have delicate skin, and using gloves helps decrease your pet’s risk of infection.
I always keep a few sets of gloves in my first aid kit, just in case. You never know when you might need an extra pair. Plus, it’s always good to have a backup.
8. Saline eye solution
Siamese cats are prone to eye injuries and infections. They’re also more susceptible to scratches and other irritants.
You must keep a sterile eye solution on hand in case of an emergency. These solutions are designed to remove any foreign objects or irritants. They can help to soothe the eye and reduce inflammation.
Follow the instructions when using a sterile eye solution on your Siamese cat. Contact your vet immediately if the irritation persists, or your cat seems to be in pain.
9. Oral syringe
Siamese cats can be a handful when it comes to giving them medication. No matter how I tried, there was always at least some of the liquid that ended up on the floor.
I was relieved when I found out about plastic syringes. I can give my Siamese cat her medicine without making too much of a mess.
It’s easy to use and clean. You draw the liquid medicine into the syringe and then gently place the syringe into your cat’s mouth. Squeeze the syringe slowly to dispense the medicine. Remove it once you have given all the liquid.
You can also use the syringe to administer fluids if your cat is dehydrated.
Siamese cats, when injured, often try to bite anyone who helps them. This can make it tricky to clean and bandage their wounds. One way to keep your Siamese cat from biting while treating his injury is to use a restraint muzzle.
A restraint muzzle is a piece of equipment that goes over your cat’s mouth. It prevents him from opening their jaws enough to bite. Only use a restraint muzzle for a short amount of time.
11. Veterinarian’s phone number
You’ll also want to ensure that your first aid kit includes your vet’s contact information. That way, if your cat sitter is with your kitty during an accident, she’ll be able to get in touch with your vet right away.
Other Important Reminders
You can ask your vet to make a referral, so you know you’re taking your Siamese to someone who can provide quality care.
Once you have the name of a veterinary clinic, give them a call and ask about their hours and location. A little preparation before you travel will go a long way toward peace of mind – for both you and your Siamese cat.
Look for a carrier that is spacious enough for your cat to move around. Make sure it has ventilation holes to ensure proper airflow.
Every Siamese cat is different, and you might find that your cat needs extra items in his first-aid kit. But with the basics covered, you’ll be prepared to handle any minor medical issue that comes up.
Be sure to keep this article handy so that you can reference it whenever necessary. Don’t hesitate to call your veterinarian immediately if the situation is serious or you’re not sure what to do.
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