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Making an Evacuation Kit for Your Cat

Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
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Food and Water
Food: Two weeks supply; place dry food in airtight containers (rotate every 3 months)
Usual treats (rotate every 3 months)
Water: Two weeks supply of water (store in dark place, rotate every 2 months). Estimate a quart a day.
Food and water dishes
Spoons and can opener, if necessary

Restraint and Identification
Extra collars or harnesses with tags (identification tag, rabies tag, license)
Leashes, including a nylon slip leash
Thick leather gloves (in case your cat is injured or very afraid)
Pet life preserver (if in a flood zone)
Cat carrier with the following information indelibly printed: your name; phone number; address; a description of your cat (distinguishing marks, age, breed, sex, spayed, neutered, etc.); the name of your cat; microchip ID or tattoo ID, if any; pet insurance policy number; and the address and phone number where you or a contact person can be reached if you are not at home
Recent photographs with the same information that is on the cat carrier printed on the back (keep in a waterproof container, e.g., inside several ziplock bags). Include yourself in some of the photos to help you reclaim your pet, should he become lost.
Wire, pliers, and duct tape (to repair cat carrier)

Small litter pan, litter, and scoop
Paper towels
Dish soap
Garbage bags
Plastic bags for holding waste (two weeks supply)
Care and Comfort
Hot water bottle
Flashlight and batteries
Grooming supplies
Dental cleaning supplies
Feliway (spray product that helps reduce anxiety in cats)

Records and Medications (store in a waterproof container)
Vaccination certificates
List of phone numbers:
   • Your veterinarian
   • List of secondary veterinarians
   • "Pet-friendly" motels
   • Boarding facilities (Red Cross shelters do not allow animals)
   • Emergency clinic(s)
   • Database centers if your cat is tattooed or has a microchip
   • Animal poison control center(s)
   • Animal shelters in your area (in case you get separated from your pet)
Pet insurance policy number
Copies of proof of ownership papers (registration information, adoption papers, proofs of purchase, and microchip/tattoo information to store in the evacuation kit). List each of your animals and their species/breed, age, sex, color, and other distinguishing characteristics.
Medical records and/or list of medical needs, if your cat has a medical condition or is on medication
Two weeks supply of medication and any supplements (include at least one dose of your monthly heartworm preventive) in a waterproof container (rotate every two months); have chemical ice packs and a small, insulated cooler if medication needs refrigeration
If your cat is taking medication regularly, include that information on a separate ID tag
First aid kit

A large plastic tub or garbage can with a lid can be used to store these disaster preparedness items for your cat. Tape a copy of this list to the inside of the cover for future reference. Include a calendar indicating when certain items should be/were replaced.

In addition to the items listed above, include anything you use for your cat on a weekly or monthly basis. A good idea is to collect all the materials for your disaster preparedness kit, and then experiment by using only those items to care for your cat the next two weeks. That way, you will easily find out if you need to include other items, or a larger quantity of certain things.

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