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
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
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
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
Uses: Cutting bandages to size, removing old bandages, cutting any collars, harnesses or clothing away if necessary
Precautions: Blunt, specialised bandage scissors highly recommended