When it comes to emergency preparedness, there is a lot to take into consideration. There is even more planning involved, however, when there are pets to care for. Making sure our cats are able to stay safe during a disaster is important, and there are a few extra steps to take when it comes to ensuring everyone’s safety. If you’re looking for a place to start planning, make sure you check these things off your list.
#1 – Have Proper Identification
A collar with an identification tag and a microchip are two things that your cat should have. Collars with ID tags are an easy way to immediately show that your cat isn’t stray. They provide your information instantly to anyone who can read the tag. Unfortunately, tags can fade and collars can fall off. A microchip is a permanent method of identification that will provide your information to those with a scanner – typically any veterinarian or animal shelter. It’s impossible to tell if a cat has a microchip without scanning it, but once scanned, the good Samaritans will be able to contact you and return your cat safely.
#2 – Have Knowledge Of Pet-Friendly Shelters On Hand
Everyone should have an idea of several places they can stay during an emergency evacuation – be it at a family member’s house or hotel. It’s important to make sure that wherever you go, your pets can come with you. While we’d like to think that hotels and other places will allow pets during an emergency, it’s best not to assume and to make sure you and your cat have a safe place to go. It’s suggested to find several pet-friendly locations to stay and also a few boarding facilities, should the shelters fill up and you find yourself being forced to stay somewhere where pets aren’t allowed.
#3 – Prepare An Emergency Kit For Each Pet
Just like you prepare a kit for every person in your home, you’ll want to prepare a kit for each pet. Food, water, medications, treats, extra leashes, litter, collars, blankets, crates and/or carriers, veterinarian information, extra identification tags, and more are all important things to remember when packing an emergency preparedness kit for your cat. For more ideas on what should go inside your kit, consider ASPCA’s suggestions.