Listed below is a handy shopping list to make sure you’re stocked up with all the supplies you’ll need to take care of your feline friend when a disaster strikes. Taking the effort to prepare now may make all the difference in the world. VetDepot carries many of the pet supplies and medications you’d need to put together a well-stocked kit that will serve you well in an emergency situation.
Adjust the amounts of supplies based on how many cats you have.
(For a PDF version of the species specific disaster kit shopping list click here)
Make sure you have a two week supply of cat food available at all times. If your cats eat canned food, get the kind with pop tops or pull tops. The smaller sized cans should be enough to be given all at once at feeding time because during a disaster you might not have access to proper refrigeration.
Keep dry food in airtight and waterproof containers like Vittles Vaults. Rotate your supply of food every three months. Also have a feeding dish, spoon for scooping canned food, and a hand-operated can opener if you don’t have pull top cans.
Have a two week supply of water on hand that’s stored in plastic containers in a cool, dark place. Rotate your water supply every two months.
Cat Litter & Cleaning Supplies
Include a small litter box, litter, and a scoop among your disaster kit supplies. Also having plastic bags to dispose of your cat’s waste is a good idea. Dish soap and paper towels are also helpful for cleaning food and water dishes and other messes.
Having a collar (a breakaway one) and ID tags can be crucial to recovering a lost cat if they happen to run away during an emergency. It wouldn’t hurt to have an extra collar in your supplies and a temporary tag that you can write on. If you’re going to be staying somewhere temporarily, you can write your new contact info on the temporary tag. Microchipping your cat is an option if you’d like a more permanent form of ID.
Leash & Harness
Even though cats and leashes don’t typically go together, you should have a properly fitting harness and leash among your supplies. If you have to keep your cat confined to a carrier for a long period of time, the leash will allow you to securely take your pet out for exercise.
A cage or cat carrier is invaluable during a disaster, especially if you have to evacuate. Make sure it’s large enough for your feline friend to lie down and still have room for a food bowl, water dish, and litter box. Put some of your pet’s favorite toys in there too to keep them entertained.
Pet First Aid Kit
Putting together a basic pet first aid kit is essential. The following are some of the items that should be included:
- Over-the-counter antibiotic ointment
- Tweezers and scissors
- Gauze, bandages, and tape
- Rubber gloves
- Hydrogen peroxide
If your pet is on long-term medications like pancreatic enzymes, joint pain relievers, or methimazole for hyperthyroidism, make sure to have a two week supply in your disaster kit. Also include copies of your cat’s medical and vaccination records.
Put a current photo of your pet in your disaster preparedness kit. Pictures that show off any distinctive markings and ones that include you as well are especially helpful.
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