Natural Cat - First Aid

Include these mild, feline-friendly remedies in your cat's emergency first aid kit.

By Wendy Bedwell-Wilson

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 CAT FANCY

A first aid kit is a must-have item in any pet-dwelling household, and knowing how to properly use it could help save your cat's life someday. Your feline family member could spat with a neighborhood bully cat, ingest something poisonous or dangerous, or get stung by a bee. Situations like these require prompt medical attention while you contact your veterinarian.

Some of the tools you'll use in emergency situations include bandages, gauze pads, tweezers, scissors and antiseptics, but what if you'd prefer to use more natural remedies?

With cats, that can be a challenge, says Tina Wismer, DVM, medical director at the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center in New York. "Cats are missing some of the liver enzymes that break down essential oils and other natural remedies, so they're much more sensitive to these products," she says.

Despite cats' sensitive dispositions, you can include some back-to-nature items in your cat's first aid kit - some of which just happen to be in your cupboard. Take a look at these homespun first aid remedies and how they can be used.

**Get the July 2012 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article or click here to purchase a PDF version.**

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