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Pet Disaster Preparedness

Tips for handling Pet Emergencies in my case (cats)

An emergency need not be on a large scael to impact you and your pet. The odds are higher that the emergency will affect only you and your family.

A problem that affects only you or other family members can have huge consequences on you pet. An example would be an owner's injury in a car crash with the cat left home alone. An evacuation of your neighborhood, while you are at work; A decision stay over someplace else because of dangerous driving conditions whileyour cat is home alone.

Here's How To Prepare For Those Situations:

Designate a caregiver. the prudent owner plans in advance for annother person - friend, neighbor, family - to enter the home and care for the cat in an emergency. Ideally this person will be someone your pet already know and likes.

Prepare specific pet care instructions: No matter how well your caregiver know your pet, they will welcom written directions that specify your pet's food etc. location. Where the medical records are and how they should be fed. You should also have the contact information of the vet and nearest vet clinic.

Authorize medical treatment:  The American Veterinary Medical Association suggests that you prepare a pre-singed statement allowing your vet to give your pet necessary medical treatment should such treatment be needed during your absence. Include the statement with the other written directions.

Carry your pet disaster plan information with you:  Whether or not you live alone you should have a plan for your pets. Keep a card in your wallet, purse or better yet on your phone. Have you ICE'd your phone? if not here is a link  ICE Phone and include your pets information this will help anyone helping you in case you are not able to speak.

Post a rescue alert sticker on a visible window. This notice alerts firefighters and rescue workers that cats (pets) are inside. You can order a FREE STICKER on the ASPCA's website. www.aspca.org  - use the keyword "disaster".  The ASPCA advises that you write "evacuated" on the sticker if you and your pets leave.