Tips to Keep Your Cat Safe

National Pet First-Aid Awareness Month aims to keep pet parents prepared for emergencies.

Posted: April 6, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT

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A cat's minor cuts or scrapes are fairly common, and can probably be treated at home, vets say.
To celebrate National Pet First-Aid Awareness Month in April, pet owners are urged to be prepared to handle emergency situations, such as a car accident, cat fight or poisoning.

Here are some tips from Dr. Mark Stickney, director, general surgery services at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences:

  • Build a relationship with your cat’s veterinarian. Find out if the vet has an after-hour emergency service, and if not, who they recommend calling in case of an emergency.
  • As the warmer months approach, more pets will be affected by snake bites. Dogs tend to get bitten on their noses, faces and front legs.  In cases of poisoning or trauma, contact your veterinarian.
  • If an animal has been hit by a car or bike and is injured or bleeding, the first thing to do is put pressure on the area to slow the blood flow.
  • Less severe incidences such as minor cuts and scrapes are fairly common and can be handled much like treating a person.
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Evelyn    Beamsville, ON

4/8/2009 7:25:17 AM

Good tips.

Pat    Omaha, NE

4/7/2009 5:33:51 AM

Great tips. My kitty insists on being outside as much as possible, but I limit his time outside.

Zehai    Miami, FL

4/7/2009 1:35:50 AM

All good info. We keep our cats inside, but if something were to happen, we are prepared and this has helped.

Liz    Farmington, MN

4/6/2009 10:32:36 PM

My cat is safe inside. If I ever let her outside I'll keep these tips in mind.

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