Always be Prepared

Learn how to to develop a pet evacuation plan.

By Dusty Rainbolt

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Whether or not congress passes the PETS Act, never depend on anyone else to take care of your cat. You are responsible to develop a pet evacuation plan and put together an emergency kit for each pet. Be prepared before the threat of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, grassfire or man-made disasters such as a chemical spill. According to the Cat Fanciers Association, each cat needs a kit containing:

  • Recent photographs of your pet stored in resealable plastic bags.

  • Vaccination records

  • Cats medications and veterinarian records

  • Two weeks of pet food, water and cat litter in waterproof containers, treats, a litterbox and a scoop.

  • Collar and ID tag.

  • Carrier for each cat in the house and food/water bowls. (Make sure the carrier is large enough for a shoebox litterbox with enough room for your cat to stand up and turn around.)
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Tanya    Paden City, WV

3/23/2008 11:25:35 PM

Hello. Thank you for publishing this article. It is a great article, as well as very practical and informative. Sometimes, people don't think of the most important or obvious things at a critical time.
Tanya & the Family (5 Dogs, 2 Cats, 3 Bunnies, and 1 very loving, patient, and understanding Husband/"Daddy"!)

Brie    IC, IA

3/23/2008 7:28:09 PM

Interesting, thanks!

Angela    Hamburg, NY

3/23/2008 6:59:32 PM

These are very good tips.

Laura    Cleveland, OH

3/23/2008 5:55:51 PM

I've never seen portable carriers big enough for a shoebox of a litterbox.

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