If you are a typical cat owner, you hope and may assume no injury will befall your pet. It is probably better to be prepared and optimistic rather than unprepared and hopeful. A recent book from the American Red Cross, Cat First Aid, offers guidance on how to administer medication, recognize an emergency, perform CPR, treat common problems and emergencies requiring immediate attention, and stock a first aid kit. A Dog First Aid book is also available. You can find Cat First Aid here.