First Aid for Cats: There’s an App for That

Pet first aid app
Pet first aid app
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Smart phones! You gotta love them or hate them. This said, today there is an application for smart phones that may be able to save a kitty’s life.

Sharing our homes with a cat can often resemble living with a toddler. Since cats and young children are inordinately curious, playful and mischievous; to prevent them from getting into serious trouble we have to watch them like a hawk.

For example: Some feline behavior is downright dangerous. There are cats who are confirmed chewers who are attracted to electric cords. This perilous habit can often lead to an extremely hazardous and frightening scenario; receiving an electric shock. Power cables are one of the most dangerous things into which cats can sink their teeth.

Many cats are drawn to investigate and hang out in high, lofty places. In many cases the higher the spot the more alluring they are to them. But contrary to the expression, “cats always land on their feet”; this simply is not the case. If a landing area is misjudged, a fall from a precarious height can seriously injure a kitty.

However, if your cat has an accident do you know how to administer first aid? Are you able to immediately get in touch with your veterinarian or locate an Emergency Veterinary clinic right away? When our cats have an emergency it can be difficult to remain calm and know precisely what to do. How well are we really prepared to deal with these situations? This is a time when a Smart phone can come in downright handy.

The American Red Cross created a pet first aid app for iPhones and Android phones. It is available at the Apple App Store, Google Play, or Amazon.com at a nominal cost of $.99. The app offers easy step-by-step guidance for all common emergencies right on the Smart phone. And by listing your pet’s medical conditions, you can receive advice on administering medications, get help for behavioral issues, what do in disaster situations and a video that demonstrates how to administer CPR to your cat.

Using the app you can quickly locate your nearest emergency vet hospital. The app also provides an early warning checker for preventative care. Veterinary contact numbers can be programmed into the application that’s available in an emergency. First aid steps are provided for over 25 common pet situations through a combination of text, video and images, and lists common toxic substance.

The app also provides an early warning checker for preventative care. Veterinary contact numbers can be programmed in available in an emergency. First aid steps are provided for over 25 common pet situations through a combination of text, video and images, and lists common toxic substance.

Although this application is made for both cats and dogs, there is a simple toggle between specific content for felines and canines.

I recently downloaded this app it onto my iPhone6 to give it a spin. I found it extremely easy to use and it has definitely given me greater peace of mind. With its crucial information and the ease for contacting my vet or instantly locating an emergency veterinary clinic at my fingertips, this application is invaluable

How would you feel about using this application? Share your opinions in a comment.

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8 thoughts on “First Aid for Cats: There’s an App for That”

  1. we keep a cat first aid kit here. That started shortly after I became and Emergency Medical Tech for people. It never hurts to be prepared and it is not expensive if you buy the supplies over time.

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