Emergency Preparedness for Cats

You need to be prepared to take care of your cat when a disaster strikes.  To help you do this, below is a shopping list along with some helpful hints that can save the life of your cat during a disaster.

1.    Food
  • Have at least a one (1) week supply at all times.
  • Use the brand that your cat is used to eating.
  • Buy pop-top cans of food small enough to be used at one feeding since you many not have a way to properly refrigerate a partially used can of food.  DO NOT feed your cat food that has been left out.
  • Store dry food in an airtight, waterproof container.
  • Rotate food at least once every three (3) months.
  • Include in your supplies a feeding dish, a spoon, and a hand crank can opener in case you do not have pop-top cans.
2.  Water
  • If the tap water is not suitable for humans to drink, it is not suitable for animals to drink.
  • Have at least a one (1) week backup supply at all times.
  • Store in plastic containers and keep in a cool, dark place.
  • Rotate water at least once every two (2) months.
3.  Sanitation
  • Have a small litter box and litter scoop in your supplies.
  • Have a supply of cat litter to last at least one (1) week.
  • Have plastic bags in your supplies for disposing of your cat's waste.
4.  Cleaning Supplies
  • Have a small container of dish soap for cleaning purposes.
  • Have a roll of paper towels.
5.  Collar and Tags
  • Have a proper fitting, break-away collar and tag on your cat at all times.  Keep an extra collar in your supplies.
  • Have your name and address on the tag, plus an alternate telephone number of a friend or family member outside of your area who would know how to reach you during a disaster.
  • Micro-chipping your cat is a more permanent form of identification, but this does not replace a collar and tag.
6.  Harness and Leash
  • Keep a proper fitting harness and leash in your supplies so if your cat has to be confined in a cage for an extended period of time, you have a secure way to take the cat out of the cage for exercise.  DO NOT leave a cat unattended when on a harness and leash.
7.  Confining Your Cat
  • Have a wire, collapsible crate to transport your cat and/or to keep it in while you are displaced.
  • Be sure the crate is large enough for the cat to lie down with room for a food and water dish, plus a litter box.
8.  First Aid
  • Keep a first aid kit and book for cats in your supplies.
9.  Medications
  • If your cat is on long-term medication, always have at least a two (2) week supply, since you may not be able to refill it in a disaster.
  • Check with your veterinarian to see if they have a disaster plan.  If your veterinarian does not, find one who does so that you can get medical care for your cat should it be injured during the disaster.
  • Keep your cat's medical records with your disaster supplies.
10.  Pictures
  • Keep current pictures of your cat in your supplies in case it gets lost during the disaster.  Include yourself in some of the pictures to show proof of ownership.

Other suggestions for keeping your cat safe.

This information provided by:
UNITED ANIMAL NATIONS
Emergency Animal Rescue Service
P.O. Box 188890
Sacramento, CA  95818
(916) 429-2457
www.uan.org