Emergency Survival Kits for Your Cat or Dog
There is No Need for Your Family Pet to Be Ignored During an Emergency
Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. If there are pets that are a part of the family you don't want to leave them behind. As one expert has put it, "We need to remember that if it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards."
It isn't always possible to evacuate with your pets, but when you can, BE Prepared, and remember that your cat or dog will be depending upon you for that preparation.
Dog and Cat Survival Kits from Guardian
Do-It-Yourself Ideas for Pet Preparedness
Kits, such as the ones carried by StoreitFoods.com, are a great start, but they may only be a start. The following is a list of additional "Evac Kit" suggestions as compiled by the ASPCA
- Pet first-aid kit and guide book
- 3-7 days' worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
- Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
- Litter or paper toweling
- Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
- Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
- Pet feeding dishes
- Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
- Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless.)
- Bottled water, at least 7 days' worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
- A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
- Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
- Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters)
- Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
- Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week's worth of cage liner.