The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season begins Friday, June 1. For the next few weeks, South Floridians will be bombarded with reminders to be prepared. It is important to remember that includes creating disaster and evacuation plans for pets.
A cat’s survival kit should contain the following items:
Most experts recommend a three-day supply, but a week’s worth can provide peace of mind. Opt for single serving three ounce cans or even better, dehydrated food that simply needs to be rehydrated with water. Great options include Artisan food by Grandma Lucy’s and Grace and Prowl by The Honest Kitchen.
Add an extra gallon of water to your family’s supply
Something to take the edge off
Cats respond to human stress and are very sensitive to changes in barometric pressure. To help keep kitty calm during and after a storm, try a calming product like Calming Chews by Pet Naturals of Vermont or Storm Soother or Stress Stopper by Spirit Essences.
First Aid Kit
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Disposable litter box/litter
There are several disposable litter boxes on the market, many with the litter already added. To avoid clay based litter, try Swheat Scoop’s version. Kittys Wonder Box also makes disposable boxes in a variety of sizes (add your own litter). Bring some small bags for scooping.
Cat Carrier in case of evacuation
Be sure to line it with a dog training pad to make clean up easy. The Quilted Waste Pads by Martha Stewart have an adhesive strip, which keeps them in place. Also have a towel or blanket available, as the carrier may be doubling as a bed.
Now is also a good time to make an evacuation plan.
- Identify inland cat-friendly hotels
- Have a recent photo of your cat in case he/she escapes or gets lost in the confusion
- Outfit your cat with a collar (call it a necklace, if you wish) and identification tag. Think about purchasing a PetHub ID. Unlike microchips that need to be scanned by a veterinary office or animal shelter, anyone with a Smartphone can easily scan the PetHub ID tag or use the web address on the front of the tag to access the pet’s information. When a person who finds a pet scans the ID tag, the guardian can see via GPS where the tag was scanned. This can expedite a happy reunion.
- Know which evacuation shelters in your area accept pets. According to the Humane Society of Broward County, there is only one pet-friendly shelter in Broward, located at Millennium Middle School in Tamarac. Pre-registration for pets is required. The shelter is available to residents with pets who either live in an evacuation area or a mobile home anywhere in Broward County. For more information or to register, call the Humane Society at 954-989-3977.
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