How to Build a Disaster Kit for Your Cat Many People Have Kits Prepared to Protect Their Families During a Natural Disaster, But How Prepared is Your Cat?

How to Build a Disaster Kit for Your Cat

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Your cat is a part of your family. Thatโ€™s why everyone with a cat that lives in a disaster-prone area should have a disaster kit packed and ready for when something happens.

How to Build a Disaster Kit for Your Cat


Many People Have Kits Prepared to Protect Their Families During a Natural Disaster, But How Prepared is Your Cat?



Summary: Your cat is a part of your family. That’s why everyone with a cat that lives in a disaster-prone area should have a disaster kit packed and ready for when something happens.


Whether it is a flood, hurricane, tsunami, or other natural disasters, many families in disaster-prone areas already have a game plan set up. What to do, what to pack, where to access their disaster kits full of food and emergency products. It’s vital to plan ahead and be prepared in case the worst happens.


But in the hustle of preparing the human members of the family, it’s easy to forget that our furry friends need their own respective disaster kits and plans. While most pets can have the same type of disaster kits, cats and dogs do need some different special items.


Luckily, building a disaster kit for your cat is incredibly easy and only takes minutes if you have the supplies on hand. Let’s take a look at the basics of building a pet disaster kit and what special items you’ll need to pack for your feline friend.


Before You Pack, Set Up a Plan


Natural disasters worsen the crisis of homeless animals in a substantial way. In the chaos of trying to evacuate their homes or find safe ground during a massive flood, many pet-owners aren’t prepared enough to protect their pets.


The basic steps to preemptively protect your cat in the event of a natural disaster are short and sweet:


  1. Have a clean and easy-to-access pet carrier on hand

  2. Have your cat microchipped


Following these two steps can make the difference between being able to get your cat to safety and possibly losing them. Having a pet carrier around that isn’t hidden under storage or tucked away in an easily-forgettable part of your home is not a good idea. Keep your carrier somewhere close and easy to get to, such as a front closet, behind a couch, or sat by the front door.


Getting your pet microchipped is another important step to take. In the event your pet is lost during a disaster, it will be much easier for animal rescue organizations to find your cat and return them to you safely once the disaster has passed.


What to Include in Your Basic Pet Disaster Kit


No matter what kind of pet you have, there are some basic items one should include into their disaster kit.


  • Food for at least a week per pet (Measure out your pet’s food according to how much they eat regularly and put a week’s worth in a sealed bag. Avoid canned food and stick to dry, as it will keep for longer and be easier to open.)

  • Water for at least a week per pet

  • Food and water dishes

  • Food and water storage containers, such as plastic bottles or tupperware containers

  • Any and all medications

  • A special first aid kit designed for your specific type of pet

  • A guidebook to caring for a pet’s medical needs in the event of an emergency

  • Any medical records or registration you have for your pet

  • A sturdy leash

  • A sturdy harness

  • A second carrier that is soft and easy to store in a compact kit (This is recommended in case your original carrier is damaged or lost.)

  • Current photos of you and your pets (This will be very useful in case your pet is lost, and you’ll need proof to be reunited with them.)

  • Descriptions of your pets (This also helps in the search for your pet in case you are separated during the disaster.)

  • A list of information regarding your pet (This would include your pets’ feeding schedules, medical problems or conditions, behavior issues, name, veterinarian number, etc.)

  • A waterproof bag to store your documents in

  • A flash drive to store your documents in

  • Newspapers

  • Paper towels

  • A brush and a nail clipper, plus other grooming products

  • Bleach and other cleaning products

  • A rescue alert sticker (This won’t go into your kit. The sticker should be placed in an easy-to-see window so that rescue officials will know that a pet lives on the premises. In the event of a disaster, it is helpful to write “evacuated” on the sticker if you’re leaving with your pet in hand.)

  • A list of vets, boarding kennels, animal shelters, and pet-friendly hotels in your area

  • A flashlight

  • Batteries

  • A blanket

  • Toys

  • A can opener

  • Towels

  • Copies of ID tags

  • A large tub to store your emergency items in

  • An appropriate label to make it easy to find your kit in an emergency


What to Include in Your Cat Disaster Kit


Cats have special needs, so don’t forget to include these specific items in your kit.


  • Cat litter for at least a week

  • A litter box, preferably compact (Aluminum roast pans are a great disposable alternative.)

  • Garbage bags

  • Smaller trash bags or extra grocery bags for scooping litter

  • A litter scooper

  • A pillowcase (This is used in leigh of a carrier and should be an absolute last resort, as some cats become more frightened and stressed when kept in a pillowcase during transportation.)

  • A specialized first aid kit (The contents of this kit varies depending on the age and health conditions of your cat. On a basic level, they can include a conforming bandage, absorbent gauze pads, q-tips, antiseptic wipes, emollient cream, tweezers, scissors, an instant cold pack, and several pairs of latex disposable gloves.)

  • Pee pads

  • Hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes

  • Canned food savers (These look like bendable silicone lids and are designed to fit multiple sizes of cat food cans.)

  • A heat pad

  • Toys that are good for destressing (These toys could include electronic motion toys, plastic ball tracks, nano robotic bug toys, feathers on a stick, etc.)


How was our guide to building the perfect disaster kit for your cat? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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