You should be prepared for any situation that may come up, and so should your kitty. Creating your cat’s evacuation kit is easy and important. Plus I have a free checklist to help you out!
Why your cat needs an evacuation kit?
While flood and fire are the most common, there are many situations any person can be faced with. Whether it’s a natural disaster, epidemic, marshal law, or personal reasons, keeping a cat evacuation kit will help you out.
Everyone has their primary reasons on why they feel the need to be prepared and my personal one is flooding.
I live in south Texas and though I’m not as close to the coastline as others, hurricane flooding is still a threat to my location.
“During Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana SPCA estimated, more than 100,000 pets were left behind and as many as 70,000 died throughout the Gulf Coast.” According to the Washington Post.
Those are some disturbing numbers, and I don’t know about you but I couldn’t think to leave my cat behind, in any event.
I put together a checklist of items needed for a cat’s evacuation kit below. Links are included to help you get your items.
I even made a FREE downloadable PDF that you can use to check things off while putting yours together.
Tip: Leave the checklist in the bag so you easily know what needs to be in your kit and reference what’s still missing.
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What you will need
- A sturdy carrier -A hardshell carrier because they don’t collapse on kitty
- A duffle bag -To put everything in and be able to grab and go
- Pet first aid kit -In case kitty gets hurt
- Recent photo of cat (includes special markings) -So others can identify kitty if they run off
- Ownership papers -Recent vet papers should work
- Important phone numbers -Pet-friendly hotels you can stay at are one
- 3 days of food -Preferably the brand kitty already eats
- 3 days of water -3 16oz water bottles should be good
- Food and water bowls -Collapsable ones can save space
- Foldable litter box -again think collapsable
- Litter -Preferably the brand kitty already uses
- Cat litter scooper -A small one is good
- Doggie bags -To take out dirty litter
- Potty pads -For easy clean up under crate or cage
- Harness -To grab kitty easily if they try to dash off
- Leash -To grab kitty easily if they try to dash off
- Collar with ID tag -So others can identify kitty if they run off
- Nail clippers -Reduces accidental scratching to you and others
- Treats -To treat them for being good with all that’s going on
- Medications -If they need to take something within 3 days
- Calming spray -To reduce anxiety which can lead to other health issues
- Paper towels -Clean up messes like spilled water, throw up, and more
- Toys -Keeps kitty entertained
- Large crate -To house kitty in if staying in a hotel or shelter
- Blanket or towel -To cover crate or cage, another way of reducing anxiety
Ready to put together your cat’s evacuation kit?
I hope after you put your kit together, you feel more prepared and your mind is at ease about any situation happening.
If you want to see what my cat looks like (his name is Willy), check out my Instagram!
If you think anything should be included on this list let me know in the comments!
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