Feline First Aid
I have a great love for all animals,
particularly cats, wild and
domestic, with a pedigree or just alley
cats, but I love them all. Over the
years I have written down some tips on
things to do in case your pet gets
ill and you can't get to the vet
straight away. Herbs bought out of the
natural food store are real helpers. If
you don't know what to buy for what
ailment, then ask in the store, the
people there are highly knowledgeable
about herbs and how to use them. Here
are a few tips for you so you can try
them, again, I ask that you use this
with caution and I will take no
responsibility as to your use of my
1. To neutralize the smell of urine in
the kitty litter box, add some
cider vinegar to their drinking water. I
have some of those water dispensers that
are about 2 litres. I add to the
reservoir about 2 teaspoon of the cider
vinegar and the smell of urine is gone.
This is good for keeping their urinary
tract clean as cats are prone to urinary
tract infections which can be a killer
for them and a killer for your wallet.
If your pet can't urinate, take your pet
to the vet immediately as this can be a
urinary tract infection and this is a
kiler if left untreated.
2. If your cat is fevered, take a baby
aspirin tablet and cut in 4 quarters,
give a quarter of the baby aspirin to
your cat. For a kitten use half this
dosage.WARNING: ADULT ASPIRIN IS
POISON TO CATS, NEVER GIVE ANY ADULT
ASPIRIN TO THEM. ALSO TYLENOL AND OTHER
ANALGESICS ARE POISON TO CATS.
3. For eye infection, buy Polyspurin
which is sold over the counter. Also
chloramphenicol 1% which only the vet
can prescribe. Polysporin comes in drops or ointment, make sure that the drop and ointment are marked for eyes, as polysporin preparations can be found for the eyes, skin and ears. If the eye infection persists take to the vet.
4. There is nothing more beautiful than
a silky, lustreous coat in cats,
particularly if your cat is a black one, give wheat germ oil or vegetable oil
mixed with their food.
5. Put a bit of Petroleum Jelly on your
fingers and apply this to the lips of
your cat to help with hair balls.
6. Best for snacks is some cooked
deboned fish or chicken in place of
store bought snacks.
7. How can you tell if your cat has ear
mites? the pet will shake his/her
head constantly and continiously scratch the ears. The only way they may be
infected is by contact with other
infected pets. If your cat has ear
mites, treat with a drop of mineral oil
to the ears. The mineral oil suffocates
the ear mites.
8. For bathing, it's best to buy a pet
shampoo but baby shampoo will be okay to use as well. For bathing, which can turn in a combat zone, always get your
pet used to bathing from when you
incorporate him/her to your family. I
have gotten my cats as babies and
when I do the bathing, I make sure to
fill the tub with water before I get
him/her into the bathroom. I then grab
my cat by the scruf of the neck
with one hand and with the other I
support his bottom, which allows no
movement on their part and submerge
him/her carefully, I keep on talking to
him/her in a soothing voice and let go
of the scruf of the neck when I see that my cat is calm and secure that I am not
going to drown him/her. I then
shampoo and have another recepticle full of wanter to rinse. and this takes the
fight out of bathing time.
9. When you buy their food, it's best to buy at the vet, but if you frequent the
pet store and buy it there, watch the
magnesium content of the food, not only
the ash content but magnesium which
ideally should be 0.01%.
10. Don't buy soft food in the cans,
what I do is I put their ration of
food in a microwave safe dish and pour
enough water over it to cover the food
and then micorwave on high for about 1
minute or 2 and then I blend and that
saves you from buying soft food. When we buy soft food we are paying for water.
11. Do not declaw. This is mutilation.
To declaw, usually the vet will cut the
first joint and will eventually damage
the health of the pet. Cats walk on
their nails and not on their toes, so
don't declaw. If you keep your pet
busy with interesting toys they won't
touch your furniture. I buy catnip and I save all the clean old sock and fill
them with catnit and use my glue gun to
seal these, and they love their catnit
pouches. Make sure as well that you keep his/her nails short. Cut just the tips
and never cut any further than that, it
will cause pain and bleeding for the
pet. Nails that are not kept short can
get ingrown into the pads of their feet
and hands and this could infect and be
dangerous for the cat and costly for you.
12. For colds and flue, use a saline
solution and apply 1 or 2 drops to eyes
and nose. Repeat 5 times a day. rinse
the dropper after each use. Saline
solution is very good for cleaning any
wound and can also be used on humans as this fluid is the most similar to our
own fluid. You can buy your saline
solution at the pharmacy or your can
make it in the following fashion:
Get a heat proof glass jar or pitcher
which has been thoroughly clean. Pour
boiling water in it and switch the water around to sterilize. Boil a kettle of
water for 5 minutes. After 5
minutes, pour 1 cup of the boiling
water in the sterilized jar or pitcher
and to this add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Let cool at room temperature. Store in a clean serilized container in the fridge.
13. For Asthma supplement your
pet's food with vitamin C or E. Use the
pediatric dosage of vitamin.
14. For constipation make some chamomile tea and give to your pet to
drink. Your can purchase the chamomile
tea bags at any supermarket. Don't give
him/her too much as this is highly
15. If your pet has diarrhea due to
having eaten some food that is indusive
of diarrhea in cats, treat with pepto
bismol for 1 or 2 days. The dose is 1
teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight.
Use half this dosage for a kitten. If
the diarrhea is not due to the
consumption of food, consult your vet as this could signal a serious problem.
16. For Fleas give garlic with brewer's
yeast. Brewer's yeast can be bought in
powder form at the natural food store.
Mix with their food.
17. For gas treat with yogourt. 1/2 a
teaspoon of plain yogourt added to their food.
18. For hot spots wash the area with
cool black or green tea or apply
burrow's solution bought at the drug
store. Mix it up and apply compreses.
19. To treat the pain from a bee, wasp
or hornet's sting, make a paste of
baking soda and water and apply to sting several times a day. It's best to keep
cats indoor as they run the danger of
injury and serious illness.
20. For vomiting give your pet some ice
cubes to lick on to prevent
dehydration. Treat with Pepto Bismol as
you would for diarrhea. Always when
there is vomiting or diarrhea take to
the vet as this can signal serious
illness. Use common sense too, if you
have fed your pet something that he
was not supposed to have, such as milk,
believe or not most cats don't tolerate
milk properly, don't worry, the little
glutton will overcome it in a few days
but if there is vomiting for no reason,
then, take him/her immediately to the
21. For skunk odour, use 1 cup of
vanilla extract with a gallon of water,
pour this over pet, wait 10 minutes and
shampoo and rinse. I emphasize to keep
22. If you have to take a trip, you can
purchase at the natural food store some
chamomille capsules, give this to the
pet. These are hard to find but very
effective as sedation.
23. It's good to clean the kitty litter
box once or twice a day. Once a month is
good to discard the kitty litter, even
if it is the clumping kind. Disenfect
with bleach and water prior to refilling
the kitty litter box with fresh litter.
The clay kitty litter has to be changed
every 5 days and the kitty litter box
disenfected with bleach and water prior
to being refilled.
24. To weight your pet, weight
yourself first and write down your
weight in a piece of paper, then, pick
your pet up in your arms and step
on the scale, look at the body weight
now, then substract what your weighted
originally from what you weight with
your pet in your arms, the difference is
your pet's body weight.
25. Dental care is very important. You
can purchase kits that come with tooth
paste that is formulated for cats. The
kit consists of a tooth brush and tooth
paste. You can purchase these kits at
pets stores. You can also do it this
other way, buy a child size tooth brush
and some hydrogen pyroxide (oxigenated
water) at any drug store. Dip the brush
in the oxigenated water and brush with
this. Brush from the end of the gum to
the tip of the tooth. You can also cut a
square piece of gauze and wrap your
finger in this piece of gauze and dip in
the oxigenated water. Use the same
technique as with the tooth brush.
26. The pet over population has reached
a proportion where there are more
unwanted cats than there are homes for
them. Please be kind to your pet and
neuter or spay. The surgery is very
safe. For males it usually takes just a
few hours before he can come home. For a
female it takes as well the same amount
of time and recovery is very fast, but
females may require an overnight stay at
the vet's. If you are having this
procedure done on your pet, request that
they use gas on the pet and not the
injectable anesthetic, as with the gas
they usually are alert in an hour or so
and it's not as hard on their liver as
it is to process the chemicals of the
injectable anesthetic. Some vets will
use the gas routinely, yet some vets
will charge extra for this. Try to find
a vet that his/her specialty is felines.
This does not cost any more than if you
take your pet to a general practitioner
and in the long run, it's better for
27. If you are taking a vacation with
your pet, make sure you pack a luggage
with the following items. Always have it
ready as you may have to leave on an
emergency trip and this way you avoid
running around at the last minute and
thus avoid forgetting to put some of
these necessary items in the luggage: