Keep Those Kitties Safe!

You never know when a disaster will strike! Having a plan and an emergency kit ready to go before disaster strikes can save lives.  National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day (May 8th) is a great day to make sure that you have everything you need to keep your cats safe if an emergency occurs in your area.

What should be in your emergency kit for your cats? The appropriate items may vary based on the types of natural disasters that your area is prone to having. Generally, your emergency kit should include:

  • Cat Food
  • Bottled water
  • Travel pet bowls
  • Cat litter
  • Travel litter box
  • Photos of your cat
  • Your cat’s veterinary information including vaccination records
  • Leashes and Harnesses for each cat

Your cat’s carrier should be in a place where it can be quickly accessed. Since cats can be scared and disoriented when disasters occur, it is best to place them in their carriers even if you are taking shelter within your own home.

A Sudden Storm

Make sure you are ready to keep your cats safe if a disaster strikes! Keep reading to learn about my disaster story and try our word search.

Photo Credit: Daniel M. Hendricks via Flickr

Some disasters are widespread and others may be more particular to your home and family. Several years ago, an emergency struck my family and my cats. A tornado had touched down about a mile from the house that I lived in. Though my home was not in the tornado’s path, the winds were strong enough to send a giant tree branch through the roof of my house into our front entryway.

Everything happened so quickly that I actually slept through the height of the storm. It woke me up when I heard the tree branch crash through the roof. From that point on, the storm calmed. By the time I got downstairs, Dave and the cats were already cautiously surveying the damage from inside our home.

Thankfully, there were no injuries or deaths reported from the storm. Cinco, Manna, Dave, and I were all safe and sound. However, our living room and basement were flooded and there were holes all over our roof from tree branches. The house we were living in was built in 1920, so there were a lot of things that needed to be repaired. Trees all over town were knocked down and homes were without power.

That night we had to temporarily move into a hotel. Our insurance took care of repairing the damage, but we couldn’t be living in our home while the floors were redone. I was very thankful that we had been prepared for an emergency and that it hadn’t been any worse. Our emergency kit made it a lot easier to pick up and go without having to wade through the flood water to find things.

The moral of the story: Make sure those emergency kits are ready!

Title Photo Credit: John Morton via Flickr

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I finished the word search in 2 minutes and 23 seconds. Can you do it faster? ProProfs (the service I use for the word searches) says that they will be fixing the scoring very soon. Currently, you are receiving points per word that you find rather than by how quickly you find them. That is why everyone always gets the same score.

Instructions for the Interactive Word Search

(Click here if you can’t see the word search below)

  • Words from the word list on the right are hidden within the puzzle. The words may be spelled forward, backward, or on a diagonal.
  • Click on the first letter of the word, drag the cursor across the word and click on the last letter of the word.
  • The puzzle is finished once you have found all of the words.

Have you ever had to get through a disaster with a cat?