Preparing for Hurricane Season With Your Cat

Owners should be prepared for possibility of home evacuation with pets during bad weather.

Posted: June 9, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT

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Be prepared for possible home evacuation during hurricane season by calling ahead to find out which hotels and motels accept cats.

June has arrived, and with it the official start of hurricane season.

It’s important to be prepared for emergencies and possible home evacuation in the event of bad weather or hurricanes. The Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) and the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine offer some tips for pet owners to help prepare for the possibility of evacuation. 

Don’t leave your pet at home. While most evacuations last only a few days, there are times you may not be able to return quickly. The safest place for your cat or dog is with you.

Call ahead to hotels and motels to make sure pets are allowed. Many hotels relax their pet policies in times of crisis, but don’t assume that will be the case. For online information about pet-friendly hotels, go to bringyourpet.com, petswelcome.com, or pets-allowed-hotels.com.

Proof of vaccinations. Be sure your cat or dog is up to date on all vaccinations and bring proof of vaccinations with you. Ask your veterinarian  now for a copy of your pet’s vaccination record, and keep it with you in your emergency kit.

Pet medications. Bring at least a two-week supply of any medicines your cat or dog may be taking.

Pet identification. At minimum, your pet should have an ID tag with his name, your name and phone number on it. Ideally, your pet should be microchipped.

What to bring:

  • Enough pet food for one week
  • Food bowl
  • Water bowl
  • Bottled water
  • Leash/harness
  • Collar
  • Proof of vaccination
  • Rabies tag
  • Portable kennel or crate (The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand and turn around in)
  • Litterbox and litter for cats
  • Trash bags for pet-waste disposal
  • Newspaper or towels for crate lining
  • Heartworm preventative
  • Flea and tick protection
  • All medications
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Donna    Austin, TX

6/13/2009 8:50:28 AM

Good advice!!

Pat    Omaha, NE

6/10/2009 5:16:13 AM

Glad I don't live in hurricane country!

momo    anaheim, CA

6/9/2009 9:53:36 PM

great advice

sk    nh, CT

6/9/2009 8:44:21 PM

thanks

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