First aid kitten
The first year of life is a particularly important period for a kitten. It was at this time that the musculoskeletal system formed, the Immune system grew stronger, socialization took place and the psyche formed. On the way to growing up, the kitten expects a lot of amazing discoveries, incredible adventures, but at the same time there are dangers, many of which people simply do not notice. So contact with an ordinary central heating battery for your little pet can result in a burn, and familiarity with the doorway – a tail injury.
What to do if trouble has come?
Most often, cats suffer from thermal burns. To protect your pet from damage, you should think in advance how to limit its access to heating appliances. Enclose the central heating batteries with special screens, and when cooking, carefully monitor the movements of the kitten so that it does not jump onto the hot surface of the hob.
If the trouble nevertheless happened, take the pet in your arms, calm it down and carefully examine the burn area. Treat the affected area with panthenol spray and try to bandage. Do not let the kitten lick the burnt area, avoid contact of the affected skin with dirty surfaces. After treating a burn, consult your veterinarian immediately.
The source of poisoning can be not only stale food. Often, curious tomboys can come across inedible and even life-threatening chemicals (for example, household chemicals). Even if the kitten doesn’t eat the harmful substances themselves, it can stain wool and swallow them later, when “washing” it. Symptoms of poisoning are obvious: apathy, lethargy, fever, repeated vomiting, diarrhea. If such symptoms are found, the kitten should be provided with a hungry diet, leaving him only water. Try to water your pet with some sorbent (for example, activated charcoal) and consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
If during the game an inexperienced kitten injures the skin on a sharp object, do not panic. Take it in your hands and calm, examine the wound. If the wound is not deep and does not bleed much, treat it with an antiseptic solution (hydrogen peroxide, chlorhexidine), bandage it if possible and consult a veterinarian. But remember that for the treatment of wounds you should not use iodine, brilliant green and other alcohol-containing solutions – they can cause burns and worsen the situation. If you find excessive bleeding, apply a tight bandage (for this it is most convenient to use self-locking elastic bandages) and immediately take the kitten to a veterinary clinic!
If your kitten lives in an apartment, it will not be easy for him to break something. Most often, such injuries are the result of pinching the limbs with doors or inattention of the owners.
If you notice that the kitten is limping, or if it has been injured while you are, do not try to apply a fixing bandage yourself – without proper pain relief, you will only do harm. If the injury is accompanied by damage to the skin, treat the wound as described above. After this, the kitten’s mobility should be limited as much as possible, put him in a cage, paddock or carrying, and contact a veterinary clinic as soon as possible.
Be sure to save the list of essential medicines to provide emergency care to your pet, but it is better to immediately collect a separate first-aid kit for it. It must include:
Dressings: sterile bandage, cotton wool, sterile gauze wipes, patch (preferably in a reel), self-adhesive elastic bandage.
Antiseptic solutions: chlorhexidine 0.05%, hydrogen peroxide 3%.
Enterosorbents: activated carbon, smectite and others.
• Spray with panthenol.
Rounded ends scissors, tweezers.