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What to Put into Pet’s First Aid Kit and Pet Evacuation Pack

January 28, 2014 by Ozzi Cat Magazine in Cat Care

Cute long haired cat in a backpack

Everyone who had gone through a fire with their pets understands the importance of being prepared before the disaster strikes.

During the hot summer and high temperatures in Australia, think about your cat today – check if you have your pet’s First Aid Kit and a Pet Evacuation Pack ready.

See what should be in it – information is prepared and provided by National Animal Rescue Groups of Australia Inc, Disaster Response Team (NARGA DRT).

Pet Evacuation Pack

Your Pet Evacuation Pack needs to be ready, waiting and easily accessible to use before a disaster hits. It should contain the following:

  • Animal First Aid Kit (see below for its contents)
  • Medications, veterinary and vaccination records, microchip details
  • Two week supply of bottled water and food for each pet
  • Food and water bowls, serving utensils, can opener
  • A familiar blanket or bed inside a crate or secure cage
  • A harness and lead. A long lead or rope if no crate or cage.
  • Toys, treats, grooming items, including shampoo
  • Contact details of owner firmly secured to the crate or cage
  • Sanitation needs: newspapers, paper towels, disinfectant, doggy bags, kitty litter

Animal First Aid Kit

Pet first aid kit should include:

  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Eye wash
  • Ear wash
  • Tick remover tool
  • Tape
  • Roll of gauze
  • Gloves
  • Antiseptic spray and or wipes
  • Antihistamine
  • Syringe or large eye dropper
  • Compression bandage
  • Wool blanket that can be knotted to make a carry sling
  • First aid booklet

Personal Advice from Cat Parents on Facebook

Maruka: We found that pure wool has a much lower combustion rate, plus even if soaking wet it provides the animal with some insulation, so no nylon please.

Adrian: Honestly, your neighbours are the best response you could want. We have 2 neighbours close by which are usually around. I have said to both, if there is ever a fire or emergency to do whatever they have to in order to get our cats out early as possible.

Leeanne: Have a cat carrier in the laundry cupboard in case of emergency.

Sarah: Have your cat carrier in an easily accessible place plus a towel for inside or to cover with (helps to keep them calm). I keep all my cats info together with my own important documents and their medications kept in a tupperware container – one of those travel water bowls for dogs could also come on handy too.

Vicki: A great idea is to have all that ready to go in the cat carrier In a bag so all have do is grab bag out grab kitty put him her in grab bag and go!

Thank you SO much for sharing, guys!!

Do You Have a Pet’s First Aid Kit and Pet Evacuation Pack Ready?

Comment with what you have in place for a cat emergency.

About National Animal Rescue Groups of Australia:

National Animal Rescue Groups of Australia Inc, Disaster Response Team (NARGA DRT) is an organisation which assists the recovery, temporary homing, aid and ongoing care of animals during times of natural disaster. The aim is to assist all animals no matter the breed, the species or the location, providing medical supplies, food, bedding, tack or other items for the animals. Helping with evacuations, temporary care and any clean-up required afterwards.

If you would like our assistance in specific evacuation plans for your animals, please message us via our Facebook page and one of our experienced volunteers would be more than happy to help you to devise the best possible plan for your particular needs.

If you should be able to provide shelter for displaced animals in the event of evacuation, please head over to our page, and register with us.


Photo by: Dmitry Marochko

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