The American Red Cross has released a new manual with nearly everything you need to keep your cat healthy and prepared for an emergency. Developed by the nation's most trusted safety and wellness organization, Cat First Aid is the first Red Cross guide devoted totally to cats' health.

Cat First Aid has over 100 pages of instructions and guidance on everything from how to check your cat's temperature to how you can make a safety plan for your pet in case of a disaster. The manual gives step-by-step instructions for nearly 70 health topics.

To make it even easier to learn how to care for your cat, as a bonus, Cat First Aid comes with a full instructional DVD, which demonstrates how to perform many of the first aid steps described in the book. As with the recently released Dog First Aid guide, the Cat First Aid DVD walks you through clear demonstrations on how to respond to medical emergencies such as choking and cardiac arrest.

Cat First Aid was developed by a skilled team of animal, health and emergency preparedness experts. With the help of Emergency and Critical Care veterinarian Deborah C. Mandell, VMD, the Red Cross used its 90 years of safety experience to compile a manual with everything your family needs to know to keep your cat safe and healthy.

"Cat First Aid shows you how to keep your cat healthy from the moment he enters your family by helping you to recognize and respond to a variety of health issues and life threatening emergencies," said Dr. Mandell. "The Red Cross has put together a manual that makes it easy for every member of the family to learn how to care for their cat."

If you're looking for the purrrfect holiday gift for the cat lover in your life, give them a present that says you care. With Cat First Aid and a Pet First Aid course gift certificate you won't find a better gift that helps keep them happy and their cat safe.

Got Pets? The Red Cross is also offering fun ways to promote pet health and an opportunity for your pet to become the next Internet superstar. Visit the Red Cross Got Pets? safety page on Flickr. Got Pets? Is where you can see cute and hilarious pet pictures from the Red Cross family and even post a photo of your four-legged family member. For some laugh out loud fun, the Red Cross Flickr site also has the latest web sensation, LolCats. LolCats combines great feline photos with humorous captions on pet safety. Post a picture of your pet on the Red Cross Flickr site and you could be one of three winners for best photo. Winners receive a free copy of the Cat First Aid manual and DVD. Get your camera ready and log on to here to enter the contest.

For more information on Cat First Aid, including where to find a Pet First Aid course near you, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross or visit redcross.

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.

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