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How to Create a Basic (and Beyond!) First Aid Kit For Your Catventurer

Updated: May 4

We tend not to think about the importance of a first aid kit until we need it. For catventurers, especially those who venture out of the reach of immediate vet care, putting together a basic first aid kit is essential.


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One of our fundamental recommendations is to always expect the unexpected when out with your catventurer and, let's face it, an injury requiring first aid intervention can happen anywhere, at any time.


Catventurous has put together a primary list of items that we consider essential for a basic catventurous first aid kit, as well as a secondary list of items that may be useful but, depending on your situation, we consider optional to a basic kit.



Essential Items For a Basic First Aid Kit

  • Sterile saline (0.9% sodium chloride) ampoules or bottle

  • Uses: Irrigating open wounds, washing eyes, soaking dressings, rinsing equipment

  • Precautions: Do not apply excessively to open wounds; not for oral use

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  • Sterile non-adhesive bandage pads

  • Uses: Padding and dressing clean wounds, absorbing blood and other fluids, prevention of infection

  • Precautions: Should be sterile and, ideally, individually wrapped

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  • Sterile cotton gauze pads

  • Uses: Absorbing blood or other fluids before applying a bandage, cleaning, padding and protecting wounds

  • Precautions: Should be sterile to avoid transferring infection; may stick to wounds when dry

  • Sterile gauze bandage

  • Uses: Dressing and protecting clean wounds, maintaining a bandage pad, absorbing excess blood and fluids, support for sprains and injured areas

  • Precautions: Use with a sterile non-adhesive pad for open wounds to avoid bandage sticking to wound; do not wrap too tightly

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  • Adhesive surgical tape

  • Uses: Securing a gauze bandage, securing bandage pads (if using bandage tape for pets that does not stick to fur)

  • Precautions: Avoid sticking directly to fur if not using pet-friendly versions; do not apply to open wounds

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  • Bandage scissors

  • Uses: Cutting bandages to size, removing old bandages, cutting any collars, harnesses or clothing away if necessary

  • Precautions: Blunt, specialised bandage scissors highly recommended

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  • Powder-free, latex-free disposable gloves

  • Uses: To protect both human and animal from cross contamination

  • Precautions: Avoid powdered gloves and latex, which may cause allergic reactions or respiratory problems; nitrile gloves recommended

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  • Foil survival blanket

  • Uses: Keeping your catventurer warm in case of emergency and shock; multiple other uses including as a ground cover, a rain and wind shelter and when signalling for help

  • Precautions: Supervise your cat when using a foil blanket to avoid risk of suffocation

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  • Alcohol-based antiseptic hand wipes, gel or liquid

  • Uses: Sanitising hands before tending to open wounds; to protect both human and animal from cross contamination

  • Precautions: Avoid fragrances and other potentially irritating chemical ingredients, may irritate open wounds and eyes

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  • Splinter tweezers

  • Uses: Removing splinters, spines, thorns; tick removal if you don't have a specialised tick-removal tool at hand

  • Precautions: Do not attempt to remove a foreign object that is deeply embedded, near an eye or in an area that shows signs of infection; favour specialised tick-removal tools rather than using tweezers unless you are familiar with good technique; do not use to remove bee stings

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  • Individual medications

  • Uses: An emergency supply of any medications that your cat has been prescribed by his/her vet

  • Precautions: Regularly check expiry date; store in a cool, dry area

  • Contact details of your veterinarian and vet emergency service

  • Basic veterinary first aid instructions and reminders

  • Recent photo of your cat in case they become separated from you during an accident or emergency



Optional Items Beyond the Scope of a Basic Kit


  • Antiseptic cream or solution e.g. povidone-iodine 1% cream or solution

  • Uses: To help prevent wound infection

  • Precautions: Sensitivity to active ingredients; use animal-only products; avoid hydrogen peroxide, which may be toxic to cells and impede healing; consult with your vet

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  • Self-adhesive bandage

  • Uses and precautions: As for surgical bandage above; does not require adhesive tape to secure

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  • Cotton wool and cotton tips

  • Uses: Extra padding for bandaging or splints, more precise cleaning around wounds, eyes and ears

  • Precautions: Favour sterile products; if not sterile do not use near open wounds or eyes; understand how to safely use cotton tips

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  • Crepe bandage

  • Uses: For situations requiring increased compression and immobilisation such as sprains and broken bones

  • Precautions: Do not w