Cat Emergency Kit: How to Stay Prepared
Cats are curious animals, and often they get themselves in a bad situation.
Additionally, emergencies happen when we least expect them. Whether you frequently travel with your cat or you prefer to stay home, being prepared for anything is part of being a responsible cat owner.
An emergency cat kit will ensure that your cat stays safe no matter what happens. Emergencies can include natural disasters like fires, hurricanes, and earthquakes. But they also include things like blackouts, floods, or even riots.
When these types of things happen, your level of preparation can make a huge difference to the health and safety of your cat. Here is how you can assemble your own kit.
Preparing an Emergency Kit for Cats
Before you begin preparing your cat pack, you should lay the groundwork. This means checking that your cat has a way to be identified. This could be a microchip, collar, or waterproof pouch with your address and phone number.
You should also know where you would take your cat if an emergency were to happen. Your vet may have boarding recommendations or know of an emergency animal care center.
Once you’ve sorted out these basic things, it’s time to prepare.
Here’s what you need:
If you’re in a situation where you are required to urgently exit the house, grab your keys and get out the door, all of this information needs to be in one place.
- Any prescriptions for your cat
- Emergency phone numbers
- Vaccination records
- Address for the nearest vet or animal emergency center
If you need to evacuate or suddenly get your cat to a vet, this is crucial. It’s important that you get your cat used to the carrier well in advance. You may need to begin training your cat so that they feel comfortable in the cat carrier and don’t get scared and anxious.
Once you have a sturdy, reliable cat carrier, leave it in a room where your cat likes to spend time. Add some of your cat’s favorite snacks, toys, or a blanket to the carrier, so your cat will associate it with positive things.
2. Cat Harness and Leash
Even if your cat doesn’t usually use a leash, this should be part of your cat’s emergency kit. If you get evacuated, you may not have a secure place for your cat to leave the carrier and get some exercise and fresh air.
By investing in a harness and leash, you’ll ensure that your cat will still have the freedom to move around frequently, go to the bathroom, and get some exercise.
3. Food and Water
Food and water should be the staples of any good kit for cats. Keep in mind that during some natural disasters, you may not be able to find clean drinking water. During earthquakes, for example, pipes are often broken, and water sources are sometimes contaminated.
You’ll need at least three days worth of bottled water and food for every cat you have. If you have room, a week would be preferable. Be sure to use the same food that your cat usually eats to give them a sense of stability and so they won’t get an upset stomach.
The water should be replaced once a month, so it stays fresh.
Related guide: How long can a cat go without food or water?
It’s helpful to have your cat’s prescription in the event of an emergency. But you may also want to keep an emergency supply of any medication your cat has in case you can’t get that prescription filled.
Talk to your vet and see if you can get some extra medication. If you often travel with your cat and accidentally lose some medication or your cat gets sick, you’ll be ready with a backup.
5. First Aid Supplies
Essential tools in any emergency cat kit should include:
- Triple antibiotic ointment
- Sanitary gloves
- Nail clippers (stressed-out cats tend to scratch)
- Hand sanitizing wipes
- Adhesive tape
- Cotton balls
- A pack of tissue
- Ice pack
- Portable litter (flushable or clumping) and a litter box
When a cat’s gotta go, a cat’s gotta go. And you will need to ensure your cat can go to the bathroom anywhere.
Make sure you have a litter tray and a scoop. Portable litter boxes are available, but even a small aluminum baking pan can be used if necessary. You’ll also need some cat litter, so fill a few zip-lock bags with kitty litter just in case.
6. Water and Food Bowls
It’s great that you’ve packed food and water, but without a bowl or two, your cat won’t be able to eat.
Collapsible food dishes can be bought and used for travel, and they also work well. They fold up completely flat for easy storage, and can still hold plenty of food and water.
7. Favorite Things
Add a few treats, blankets, and toys. These should be things that your cat loves, so they feel familiar and help keep your cat calm.
You may also want to include a toy your cat hasn’t seen before to keep them entertained.
8. A Backpack or Container
Find a comfortable back pack or sturdy container that you can grab as you walk out the door. If you often travel with your pet, you may want to get a packing cube that you can use in your suitcase.
Please, Check Your Cat Survival Kit Regularly
Now that you’ve prepared your kit for cat, the job isn’t finished. You’ll need to regularly check your equipment to ensure it’s still ready to go in an emergency. Once a year, check that any medications are not expired, the food is still ok to eat, and change the water.
You may also want to continually add to your kit as you find yourself thinking of new things that your cat may need.
Are you prepared for an emergency? Do you have an emergency cat kit? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.