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 is formed, the immune system is strengthened, socialization occurs and the psyche is formed. On the way to growing up a kitten expects a lot of amazing discoveries, incredible adventures, but at the same time and the dangers, many of which people simply do not notice. So contact with the usual central heating battery for your little pet can turn into a burn, and getting to know the doorway can cause a tail injury.
What to do if trouble came?
Most often, cats suffer from thermal burns. To protect the pet from damage, you should think in advance how to limit its access to heating appliances. Fence off the central heating battery with special screens, and when you cook, watch the kitten’s movements carefully so that it does not jump onto the hot surface of the hob.
If the trouble still happened, take the pet in your arms, calm it down and carefully inspect the area of the burn. Spray the affected skin with panthenol and try to dress up. Do not allow the kitten to lick the burned area, avoid contact of the affected skin with dirty surfaces. After treating the burn, contact your veterinarian immediately.
The source of poisoning can serve not only stale food. Often curious tomboy can come across inedible and even life-threatening chemicals (for example, household chemicals). Even if the kitten does not eat the harmful substances themselves, it can stain their fur and swallow them later, while “washing”. Symptoms of poisoning are obvious: apathy, lethargy, decreased temperature, repeated vomiting, diarrhea. If such symptoms are found, the kitten should be fed a hungry diet, leaving him only water. Try to feed your pet with any sorbent (for example, activated carbon) and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
If during the game an inexperienced kitten hurt the skin on a sharp object, do not panic. Take it in your arms and calm down, inspect the wound. If the wound is shallow and does not bleed much, treat it with an antiseptic solution (hydrogen peroxide, chlorhexidine), reabind if possible and consult your veterinarian. But remember that for the treatment of wounds should not use iodine, brilliant green and other alcohol-containing solutions – they can cause burn wounds and aggravate the situation. If you have found heavy bleeding, apply a tight bandage (for this purpose it is most convenient to use self-locking elastic bandages) and take the kitten to the veterinary clinic without delay!
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 limbs by the doors or inattention of the owners.
If you notice that the kitten is lame, or he was injured in front of you, do not try to put a fixing bandage on your own – without proper anesthesia, you only harm. If the injury is accompanied by damage to the skin, treat the wound as described above. After this, it is necessary to limit the mobility of the kitten as much as possible, put him in a cage, pen or carrier, and contact a veterinary clinic as soon as possible.
Be sure to keep a list of essential medicines for emergency care of your pet, or rather, immediately collect a separate first-aid kit for it. It must include:
• Dressings: sterile bandage, cotton wool, sterile gauze wipes, plaster (preferably in the coil), self-locking elastic bandage.
• Antiseptic solutions: chlorhexidine 0.05%, hydrogen peroxide 3%.
• Enterosorbents: activated carbon, smectite and others.
• Leukomekole ointment.
• Spray with panthenol.
• Scissors with rounded ends, tweezers.
• Digital Thermometer.