Cat Emergency First Aid Kit

First aid kit and irish wolfhound dog with Persian kittens

© Pelaqita Persians

You never know when an accident will happen or an emergency involving your cat, keeping a cat emergency kit at your home is a good idea. You can put a first aid kit together yourself and buy the items separately or buy one ready-made. If you make one yourself, use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid to store the following items:

Phone Numbers

Bandaging Materials

Veterinary clinic phone number and directions to the clinic

Square gauze of various sizes (sterile and non-sterile)

Emergency clinic phone number and directions

Non-stick pads

Poison control center phone numbers

First aid tape - both paper (easily comes off of skin) and adhesive types

Equipment and Supplies

Bandage rolls - gauze and Vetwrap


Band-Aids (for humans)

Magnifying glass



Rehydrating solution (i.e., Gatorade or Pedialyte)


Nutritional supplement such as Nutri-Cal, Vitacal, or Nutristat

Nail clippers and metal nail file

High sugar source: Karo syrup

Styptic powder or sticks, Kwik Stop, or cornstarch

Medicines **


Wound disinfectant (Betadine or Nolvasan)

Eye dropper or oral syringe

Triple antibiotic ointment for skin

Feeding tubes of various sizes (consult veterinarian for proper usage and training)

Antibiotic ophthalmic ointment for eyes (e.g., Terramycin)

Cotton swabs

Eye wash solution

Cotton balls

Sterile saline

Clean towels (cloth and paper)

Antidiarrheal medicine such as Pet Pectate (should NOT contain salicylates)

Rectal thermometer

Cat laxative in paste form (e.g.; Doctor's Foster & Smith Hairball Remedy, Laxatone)

Lubricant such as mineral oil, Vaseline, or KY Jelly (without spermicide)

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for allergic reactions (obtain dose from your veterinarian)

Disposable gloves

Cortisone spray or cream (i.e., Itch Stop)

Syringes (various sizes)

Ear cleaning solution

Needle-nose pliers or hemostats

Hydrogen peroxide (induce vomiting - only use as directed by a veterinarian)

Grease-cutting dish soap (Dawn - original formula [blue])

Activated charcoal to absorb ingested poisons (consult your veterinarian before using)

Bitter Apple or other product to discourage licking

Pet carrier

** Check the expiration dates on any medication, and replace as needed.

Towel or blanket to keep your cat warm during transport (some pharmacies and camping outlets carry a thermal blanket)

Cold packs and heat packs (wrap in towel before using)