Monday, May 23, 2016

Be Prepared

This is the time of year when weather can get bad, like hurricanes that can come with lots of rain and wind, even flooding and destroying houses.  Angie and Kip are always ready, and have extra food, bottled water, flashlights, and lots of other stuff for our family.  And I know there is always at least a half tank of gas in the car (that is why we stop for gas after every trip to Disaster City).

I am part of our family, and to everybody reading this, if you have dogs or cats (yes, Oscar is also part of the family), even birds, remember that what is best for humans is also best for us.  The most important thing I can say to you is “Do not leave us behind.”  If you evacuate, do not think that we will be OK without you.  If you go, we go. Find out what shelters and hotels allow pets, because not all of them do.  If you decide to travel to a safe place out of town, like a friend’s house, be sure that pets are welcome.  The time to do this is BEFORE anything happens, like right now. Plan ahead.

Put together an emergency kit just for us.  We need food, water, leashes, toys, bowls, our medicine, first aid supplies, and for cats, a litter box.  You know I don’t need that, but Oscar does.  Be sure to have ziplock bags so that our food stays dry…and towels that are throw away. If you have enough food for 10 days, then that should be enough.  Keep copies of our veterinary records, especially our vaccinations and please make sure we are wearing identification tags with our name and phone number. Some of us have microchips under our skin, but it might be a while before we get to a vet if we are lost.

Do not put a cat in a crate with a dog, or put a dog in a crate with another dog, or 2 cats in the same cat carrier. Even though we may all be great friends, when the weather changes, or our humans get upset, we might act differently than normal.  Have a separate kennel for each of us.  That way we will be safe and comfortable. 

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