Keeping Your Cats Safe During a Hurricane

June to November is usually a season for hurricanes with the worst storms coming as the season ends. It can be hard to tell. It’s always prudent to be prepared, especially if you live in a hurricane-prone area.

At the onset of the season, your emergency kit should be fully equipped to prevent any last-minute rushes. Your concern shouldn’t be on your whole family only, but your cat too as the hurricane approaches.

A disaster preparedness plan is essential to ensure that everyone including your cats is safe. You can ensure the safety and comfort of your cart in the following five simple steps.

Have all the necessary emergency contacts

You should always have a list of all the necessary emergency contacts with you at all times in the event of a hurricane. The contact list should include veterinarians, family members, shelters, and disaster relief facilities.

If possible, have these contacts on a laminated card to prevent it from getting wet or lost or having to depend on a dead phone. To keep your phone on when the power goes out during the hurricane, equip yourself with a solar phone charger.

Equip yourself with a disaster relief kit

Hurricanes can come unannounced and catch you unawares. This means that you’ll have to leave at a moment’s notice without packing anything. Having a disaster preparedness kit can save you the trouble.

This kit should be made preferably from a watertight plastic bin or tub and include fresh water, the cat’s medication, a week worth of cat’s food, first aid items, grooming supplies, blankets, and toys. Keep your kit away from flood-prone areas.

Stock up supplies if you’re sheltering at home

If you have a hurricane shelter in your home, it’s best to stock up on freshwater and a weeks’ worth of cat food. These can be easily sourced at the local grocery. Therefore, your cat can stay well-fed as you wait for the hurricane to pass.

Don’t forget about your cat’s medication just in case supply lines are also cut and your cat gets sick. These items should also be kept away from flood-prone areas.

Learn how to provide first aid

It’s terrible that not so many people know how to perform first aids. Having a first-aid kit and not knowing how to use it is of no use. Learning first aid won’t take up much of your time. Knowing how to treat minor injuries and cuts can save your cat’s life. All cat-owners should know how to perform first aid regardless of an impending natural disaster.

Ensure the cat’s chips and tags are up-to-date

Storms are a thing of nightmares for cats. Because of fear, cats are likely to get lost in the event of a hurricane. Chipping and tagging your cat are great ways of ensuring you get reunited.

The tagging should contain your updated information or that of a relative outside the hurricane zone. While you may not like tagging your cat all the time, it’s important to have the tag on your pet once hurricane season sets in.