Disaster preparedness for cats.

There’s a certain power in being prepared. Knowing exactly what to do when an occasion arises gives us the confidence to get through a frightening or stressful situation. But the sudden force and unpredictable course of natural disasters can relegate any plans made in advance to the back burner. Our fear goes into overdrive and panic sets in.

If cats are a part of your family, they are utterly dependent on you to know what to do in the event of an emergency. Disaster preparedness for cats is pretty straightforward, but several items require immediate understanding and quick action.

Laying the Groundwork

Natural disasters are unquestionably terrifying, but the fact that they can occur with little or no warning makes living through one incredibly difficult. As such, disaster planning for families with cats is a huge priority. 

First Things, First

One of the most important things a cat owner can do is microchip their cat. If you are ever separated, their chip could be the only way toward a happy reunion. Additionally, a collar and a clear identification tag can make all the difference to disaster preparedness for cats.

The Basics

Much has been said about the benefits of an indoor-only lifestyle. Not only are indoor cats safer, but their chances of contracting a disease while outside is limited. 

Indoor-only cats still need year-round parasite prevention and up-to-date vaccinations. In the event of a natural disaster, your cat’s defenses against parasites and contagious diseases (including Rabies) are upheld.

The Crate Is Great

Another reason to keep your cat safely confined within the home has to do with your ability to locate an indoor-outdoor cat before or during a natural disaster. Cats will instinctively hide or run away from a perceived threat, reducing the likelihood of safe retrieval.

Crate training your cat offers a perfect solution to safe, effective evacuation, but can also help your cat calm down during times of stress and upheaval. 

Once your cat is located and contained inside their crate, you can follow your disaster plan to either stay in the home or leave together. It is never a good idea to leave your cat alone inside the home during a natural disaster. Always take them with you.

Next Steps

If you ever have to stay at an emergency shelter, it’s essential to have a plan in place for your cat. Emergency shelters are usually pet-free, so have a few alternatives in mind where your cat can safely stay. Research a few pet-friendly hotels within a day’s drive so you can leave the area safely and stay together throughout the ordeal.

A key to natural preparedness for cats involves affixing a rescue sticker on your home’s front window to alert emergency personnel in case you are injured or not at home to evacuate them.

Disaster Preparedness for Cats

It is recommended that cat owners stock up on supplies for a cat first-aid kit. Know how to handle certain ailments or injuries, and always call us with questions or concerns.

Additionally, having an emergency inventory of food, litter, toys, treats, water and medication is essential for your ability to protect your cat’s health.

Feel free to contact us at (404) 792-0700. Our staff at Cat Care of Vinings is always available to support your cat’s safety and well-being.