Mum recently did a Cat First Aid Course in Wellington. It was run by Pet First Aid and Training (NZ).
Why Do A Cat First Aid Course?
- First aid is exactly that, aid given at the scene of an accident by first responders. It is a bridge between those first people to arrive, and professional veterinary care.
First aid allows you to be of help when, under normal circumstances, you might feel totally powerless. Cat (or pet) first aid is a set off skills everyone can learn, and you could be the one person there who could save a cat’s life.
If you are interested in learning more about pet first aid yourself contact PETfat (New Zealand) or check online for organisations local to you who run workshops. Our Twitter colleagues Walks and Wags run first aid courses across Canada, and into the top of the USA.
- The course Mum took was run by a qualified professional veterinary nurse. Make sure your course is too.
Cat First Aid – You as the First Responder
As a pet ‘first responder’ you might be the first person on the scene. It is your duty is to make sure the pet stays alive, and to stop a situation getting worse. Although courses do not mention this – it cannot be stressed enough that from the moment you arrive the clock is ticking – so you need to remain calm, and assess what you need to do.
Skills a Cat First Aid Responder Might Need
- Be able to check for breathing – hold the back of your hand against the cat’s mouth.
- Pulse. This link is to a good basic article on taking a pulse Do this and checking for a pulse is easy.
- Do ‘Rescue Breathing‘ or CPR. This link Pet CPU is to a set of CPR instructions. No pictures just clear and simple advice.
- For visual help on rescue breathing and CPR, there are videos on cat CPR. It is not as forceful as on a human, and you lay the cat on it right side, so we strongly recommend you check out videos on YouTube. You might save a life.
- Recognise and treat Hyperthermia (heat) or Hypothermia (cold).
- Bandage injuries like a broken bone until the cat is taken to a vet.
There is a lot more to learn than we can tell you in a blog post, which is why we encourage you to investigate local courses.
Investing time in learning the basics of Cat First Aid can help you save a lives, and we are grateful to NekoNgeru, Wellington’s first Cat Cafe, for the opportunity to take part in a workshop that has been a life changing experience. Our tutor was veterinary nurse Josie, who you can read more about here.
The Dash Kitten Crew