The holiday season is probably the most beautiful time of the year. Anyway cat lovers, however, do not want to leave their best friend during this time and decide to take their cat with them on their travels. Therefore you should consider well before whether it would not be better for your cat to be cared for at home. Many don’t like to move and react stressed, especially if they are not used to it. In order to make a holiday with cats as beautiful and uncomplicated as possible, you should pay attention to certain things, such as a first-aid kit, and obtain important travel information before starting your holiday (holiday with cat).
Then the first step for a successful vacation is already done once, however, even with the best planning and preparation unpredictable situations can occur, such as health problems, on which we unfortunately do not always have influence. For this reason it is advisable to think of a first-aid kit in advance.
In the connection you find the most important utensils and medicines, which may not be missing in a well equipped cat travel pharmacy. However, always remember that even the best first-aid kit cannot replace a visit to the vet!
A good first-aid kit contains:
- Tick tongs for tick removal. Ticks should be removed as quickly and completely as possible. To do this, grasp the tick with the forceps as close as possible to the skin and turn it until it releases. Check if the head is really outside. Observe the spot, there should be no redness or swelling.
- Digital clinical thermometer: Dip the thermometer into some Vaseline and insert into the anus. The healthy cat has a body temperature of 38.5° to 39°, with puppies or also under stress the temperature can rise to 39.5°. All about it is fever. Below 37,5 is undertemperature.
- Bandages: To treat minor injuries and for first aid in an emergency. Sterile swabs, cotton wool, elastic bandages, adhesive tape, scissors and disposable gloves.
- Disinfectant: For the disinfection of superficial skin wounds or abrasions (Octenisept, for example, is well suited).
- Eye and ear drops: For cleaning! In the case of inflammation, the cause (intact eardrum, damaged cornea, …) should be clarified in order not to cause even greater damage.
- Medication against diarrhoea: e.g. charcoal tablets, enteroferment, etc., discuss with your veterinarian which tablets you can best give. If diarrhea persists or your pet has other symptoms, see a vet immediately.
- Medication against nausea, pain: etc.: discuss with the vet what can be given in case of emergency.
- Healing ointment: e.g. for cracked paws or minor injuries.
- Chlorhexidine shampoo: for eczema or allergies bath the cat with it.
- Sun cream: (especially for light-skinned cats, use natural creams without chemical additives.)
For chronically ill animals:
- Sufficient supply of medication that the cat must take regularly.
- Veterinary certificate on the type and treatment of the disease, preferably in English.
- Take special needs into consideration.
Further health-promoting tips:
- At high temperatures, encourage the cat to drink and ensure sufficient rest.
- Check your favourite’s coat regularly to detect and remove any ticks or other things you may have brought with you, such as Grannen’s so-called “snore Hansels”.
- Think in advance about vaccinations, tick and flea remedies and worming.
Not only we humans can get health problems during our holidays, also our animals are unfortunately not immune from accidents and illnesses. A well arranged first-aid kit can help with some (smaller) “aches and pains” in acute cases. However, if you are unsure or the symptoms worsen, a visit to the vet is inevitable. TOBALIE wishes you a great holiday full of fun, adventure, variety, relaxation and a good mood.