Disaster Strikes! Are You Ready?

Well we finally got a little break from da storms yesfurday and me got to visit a lot of ya’. Dat weather guesser says we should be in fur sunshine startin’ tomorrow afternoon. Me sure hopes so; me hasn’t been fur a stroll in furever. Me did get da sads while visitin’ as there have been quite a few kitties who have joined sis Lexi this week includin’ me’s furiend Spooky from 15 and Meowing. Mommy says da sads are cuz our brains know they’re in a better place now and no longer sufferin’, but our hearts just can’t make sense of it all. Me can attest to da makin’ no sense fur sure. Purrlease lift up and support your furiends, loss is hard on us all.

 Dezi cocks head to the side in thought

You know with all da storms we’ve been havin’ lately and knowin’ dat tornado season is comin’ up soon, me had been thinkin’ ‘bout writin’ a posty on disaster purrparedness. We’s posted one befur but we think it’s a really purrtant topic so there’s nothin’ wrong with postin’ every year. And yesfurday one of me’s furiends and fellow cat scouts made dat very suggestion. It’s better to be purrpared and not need it than to be caught in a disaster with nothin’ but da purrverbeal shirt on your back. So dat there’s no confusion, me’s switchin’ to human speak so everypawdy can understand.

 

Dezi close up on arm of chair

As me said, we have tornados, flooding and high winds, but no matter what weather patterns are prevalent in your area the following applies to all disaster/emergency circumstances and all pets.

You should have a First Aid Kit for your pets on hand at all times, and keep it’s contents up to date and fresh. Me will cover what goes in that kit shortly. You should also know which, if any shelters in your area are pet friendly. A lot of shelters are only for humans and only allow Service Animals because of the laws. Please don’t pass your pet off as a Service Animal. You might also want to check for pet friendly hotels/motels in your area. A last resort would be boarding. Check with your VET, shelter, groomers, etc. for boarding facilities in your area and know their policies. Most boarding situations require the animal to be up to date on all vaccinations.

 ASPCA first aid kit

Please don’t leave your pet at home alone in the hopes they will survive and you’ll be reunited. Altho’ they will be stressed, they will be far more comfortable being with you than trying to weather the “storms” by themselves. It’s a good idea to get your pet comfortable with their carrier/PTU before a disaster.

Be sure to have a list of emergency numbers on hand and in your First Aid Kit. Your cell number along with your VETs number and a family members number should be on that list. Keep current photos of all pets on hand and make sure your pet has identification with up to date contact information. Updating your pets microchip information is usually free. We use a company called Pet Link. You can register all your pets microchips with them for a nominal fee; and then all updates are free.

 Pet Link Microchip company logo

We’ve recently learned that emergency personnel look on the fridge for information about the residents of a dwelling and any medical conditions, etc., so it’s a good idea to put your pets information there as well. Things such as how many and what species of animal lives in your house as well as VET information and any medical conditions/special instructions for them should be listed. Mommy keeps photos of us/me on the fridge and on the back of the photo is our name, age, and any special instructions. In me’s case, it says me is a Service animal named Deztinee, and that me also answers to Dezi. Me’s age and what food me eats is also included along with mommy’s cell phone number and our VETs number. Just in case, mommy also keeps a photo just like this on the front door and in the glove compartment of our car.

The next thing you need is a small bag for your pets that contains at least 3 days worth of food, litter and (disposable) litterbox (for cats and other small animals), water, a favorite blanky/you scented shirt or bed, food and water bowls or paper plates and disposable spoons. A pooper scoop and plastic bags for disposal and a toy or two. Treats and nip are optional. Mommy also likes to keep an extra leash and harness in our bag in case there’s a problem with the one we’re using. Paper towels for clean up, a small washcloth and towel are also handy items to have. Often a hard shell carrier/PTU can double as a litterbox if you use liners in it.

Dezi in stroller looking out

Now let’s get to the contents of that First Aid Kit. You’ll need the following if your going to make your own:

1. Current photos of your pet and any proof of ownership in a plastic baggy. (vet records will suffice)

2. Phone numbers for you, your Vet, and an emergency contact person who is not in your area and might not be affected by your emergency. Phone lines and cell towers may be down.

3. Gauze pads and adhesive tape and/or the sticky wrap

4. Cotton balls and swabs

5. Hydrogen Peroxide 

6. Disposable Gloves 

7. Scissors and tweezers 

8. Antibiotic Ointment and Anti Itch Cream

9. Oral Syringe and/or Turkey baster

10. Alcohol 

11. Styptic Powder/Pencil

12. Claw Clippers 

13. Artificial Tear Gel

14. Band Aids (mommy keeps a few in our kit for her if she gets bit or clawed while trying to trim claws or care for a wound-they don’t take up that much room)

15. Any medications your pet may need. If your pet is diabetic, you’ll need ice packs. And keep some insulin in an easily grabbable baggie in the front of the fridge, clearly marked for emergencies. Syringes can be kept in your kit or packed bag at all times.

16. Liquid dish soap such as Dawn

17. Flashlight

19. Saline Solution

20. Ice Pack

21. Disinfectant  

Be sure to check your kit every 3 months or so for expired items. Always keep your kit fresh and up to date.

 

Altho’ this is not a comprehensive list, it’s pretty close to it. You can purchase a First Aid Kit instead of making your own, but you will need to add a few things to it especially if your pet requires medications. These kits vary in price depending on where you buy it.

 Dezi on cat tree with mouth open

Well me sure hopes this helps. Remember, your pet will be frightened and nervous during a disaster, so any preparations you can make in advance will make this time less stressful for all of you. And trust me when me says, we would much rather be with you than fending for ourselves. Please Don’t leave us behind. You wouldn’t leave a baby or two year old behind…

Do you have a Pet First Aid Kit?

Do you have an emergency bag packed?

Are you ready should disaster strike?

Till da next time………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Dezi

 

     

About Deziz World

My name is Deztinee. I am a Ragdoll. I was born 11/1/2009. I am a service cat along with my sisfur RaenaBelle, also a Ragdoll, for our disabled human mommy. My sisfur Raena was born 4/21/2016. In March of 2016, mommy and I had to say goodbye to my mentor Alexandra (Lexi), a black tabby born 4/29/1999. This blog is about our daily life from the kitty's point of view. We were both rescued from bad situations and our mommy raised us and trained us to be service cats. I want this blog to be interactive and get to know all of you, so comment and visit often. I will also offer advice, training tips and education when possible. Copyright © 2014 - 2017 {Audra High via Deztinee High and RaenaBelle High} All Rights Reserved All personal content (story's, poetry, etc., videos and music) are the property of the human behind Deziz World, and may not be used, copied or otherwise re-published without prior written permission/consent from the author (A. High-the human behind Deziz World). We have an amazon.com wish list and a PayPal account if you would like to help/donate to us.

Posted on April 20, 2016, in Educational, Human Speak and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 45 Comments.

  1. What a brilliant and educational blog! Your mommy really knows alot about all animals and my mama and I are so happy to have discovered your daily words of wisdom!

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  2. Dear Dezi, these are excellent tips, and we tweeted out your post on our @CatsMakeWaves Thanks for the thorough checklist!! Pat/Maggie/Felix

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  3. Fantastic post, Dezi. We have two carriers. One is in the attick and the other one is in the shed, it was incidentially put there, but now we think about it, it might be a good place for the unexpected. Thank Cat we don’t have those kind of storms, allthough sometimes it looks like the storms in our Country are getting worse. Stay safe my furriends ❤ Pawkisses 🙂 ❤

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  4. Dezi what a great post, we loved the first aid kit and have put in a request fur one asap!

    Purrs

    Basil & Co XOX

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  5. Great Post Dezi!
    Mommy just realized that mes does not has a first aid kit! The one we had for pets is in Midway with Jo Jo, Kozmo and the hairy slobbery sister Cinnamon! Thanks for getting my Mommy back on track!
    Mommy keeps a mini kit and basic pet supplies in the car…that way if she has to “Grabs and runs” there is a collar and leash (even though she prefers a carrier), dishes for foods and water, a pet beddy and dry foods. And she has made sure that wes is leash trained…(Jo Jo was absolutely THE WORST). The bag that all the stuff is kept in can also be used as an impromptu cat carrier (if necessary).
    Thanks to your Mommy for helping yous put it all together!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  6. Great advice. It’s always good to be prepared.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday…

    Noodle and crew

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  7. It is very important to be prepared for the worst…. and I hope that all people and pets and the wildlife can escape that disasters…

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