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You Should Follow These Steps to Disaster Prep for Cats

If you haven’t already thought about how to get your cat through an emergency situation, it’s time to start learning about disaster prep for cats.  

No one likes thinking about disasters.  But getting prepared for those unwelcome events will help you sail through them more smoothly.  

When getting your family ready, don’t forget about your furry friend.  Read this article to learn how to disaster prep for cats.  

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Create a Cat Emergency Kit 

When disaster strikes, you may be told to evacuate.  In that case, you will need a disaster kit for your kitty.  Keep this cat emergency kit by the door so that you can grab it and go at a moment’s notice. 

Your cat’s disaster kit should include the following:  

  • Food 
  • Water 
  • Food and water bowls
  • Manuel can opener for canned food
  • Disposable litter box, such as an aluminum tray
  • Litter scoop
  • Litter
  • Plastic bags
  • Harness and leash
  • Medications
  • Copies of medical records
  • First-aid supplies
  • Pet first-aid book

Train Your Cat to Enter the Carrier 

If you need to evacuate ASAP you don’t have time to chase your cat around the house.  Instead, you need your cat’s full cooperation.  That’s why it’s a good idea to train your four-legged friend to get inside the carrier on command.  

You should also keep the carrier by the door at all times.  This ensures it will be there when you need it.    

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Put a Collar on Your Cat

If your cat gets lost during an emergency, your feline should be wearing an ID tag.  If your cat doesn’t already have a collar and tag, get them now, before disaster strikes.  Then make sure your cat wears the collar 24/7.  

Keep Your Cat Confined

Depending on where you stay after evacuating, it might be necessary to keep your kitty confined.  Buying a collapsible cage is a good way to prepare for this scenario.  Select a cage that provides enough space for your cat’s bowls, litter box, and toys. 

Get a Sticker from the ASPCA

What if you don’t have enough time to grab your cat?  Or maybe your poor puss is hiding when you need to evacuate.  

If forced to leave your cat behind, the ASPCA’s free rescue sticker will give your kitty a better chance of being found.  Request this sticker from the ASPCA website and place it in the front window of your home to inform rescue personnel that your cat needs help.

And if you can take your cat with you, don’t forget to write “EVACUATE” on the sticker.  Otherwise, rescue personnel will waste time looking for a cat that can’t be found.   

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Decide Where to Take Your Cat

Hopefully your hotel room, evacuation center, or friend/family member’s home will tolerate your pet.  If not, you will need to temporarily keep your kitty someplace else.  

Some ideas include:

  • A cattery or kennel
  • An animal shelter  
  • A trusted friend or family member  

You should also find out where the emergency vet is located ahead of time, just in case your cat gets injured during the disaster.  Keep several different places in mind so that if one is full, you will already know which emergency vet to try next.      

When getting ready for potential disasters, it can be easy to worry. But don’t.  

Why not?

Because following these steps to disaster prep for cats will help your beloved feline get through whatever may come.  And that will give you peace of mind.