As I write this in Maine, Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on us. Of course, we’re certainly not going to get the worst of it. I’ll probably lose power for a while, but because I live in the largest city in the state, the odds are that I won’t be in the dark for more than a day or two.
I made preparations, and many of them have been with my cats in mind. Most people think of disaster preparation for themselves, but in the heat of a near-panic state, they might forget to think about their pets.
Here are some things I’ve done to make sure my cats can ride out the storm. By the time you read this, the worst will probably have passed, but it might help you plan for the future.
In my day job, I work as a communications officer for a nonprofit organization. I know how important it is to have an emergency communications plan. For example, I know there are a lot of people worrying about and praying for the cats and me, so I wanted to make sure I had a way to update the readers of my blog, Paws and Effect, on our status. I added one of my good friends and fellow cat bloggers — who lives outside of the storm’s path — as an admin for the Paws and Effect Facebook page, so she can provide updates to our fans based on text messages I send, if the need arises.
When it comes down to it, though, I’m a Mainer. I’ve ridden out some pretty nasty storms and extended power outages. I just can’t bring myself to panic.
That, above all, is key. If I’m calm, my cats are calm. It might get pretty bad, but if it does, it does. I can’t control the weather, so there’s no need to waste energy worrying about the worst possible scenario. Prepare, yes, but for your cats’ sake, make sure you stay as relaxed as you can. Your cats will thank you.
What do you do to prepare your cats for an emergency? Please share your tips in the comments!
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About JaneA Kelley: Punk-rock cat mom, science nerd, animal rescue volunteer and all-around geek with a passion for bad puns, intelligent conversation, and role-play adventure games. She gratefully and gracefully accepts her status as chief cat slave for her family of feline bloggers, who have been writing their award-winning cat advice blog, Paws and Effect, since 2003.