Hurricane Cat Safety
Hurricanes are a yearly threat for New Orleans residents and their pets. Because our animal hospital is committed to the health and well-being of your feline family member, our feline hospital wants to help you prepare for hurricane season in any way we can. Check out our hurricane cat safety tips!
Hurricane Season Checklist
Use this checklist to help you plan and prepare for a worst-case weather scenario:
- Does your cat have a sturdy carrier?
- Does your cat have a registered microchip for identification?
- Is your cat current on their vaccinations?
- Do you have a copy of their medical records and vaccines?
- Is your cat current on their flea, tick, and heartworm prevention?
- Do you have additional doses of flea, tick, and heartworm prevention on hand in case you don’t have an opportunity to purchase more in the next month?
- Do you have a current photo of your cat?
- If your cat is taking medication and/or a prescription diet, do you have at least 60 days’ worth (this includes sedatives if your cat needs them for traveling)?
- Do you have food, water, bowls, litterboxes, and litter?
- Do you have an evacuation plan and know the location of pet-friendly hotels? Go to officialpethotels.com to search for ones in your area.
- If you don’t have a good quality cat carrier, purchase one as soon as you can. When hurricane season arrives, many pet parents tend to go out and buy carriers at the same time!
- If you let your cat outside from time to time, consider keeping them indoors as much as possible during hurricane season, especially if there are severe weather warnings. This way, it will be much easier for you to retrieve your cat and place them in their carrier if you end up needing to evacuate.
- For evacuations, make sure to bring along lots of Ziploc bags, paper towels, newspaper, and cleaning supplies in case your cat has an accident or two.
- Write your pet’s full name and your contact information in permanent marker on their carrier (or attach a tag).
Let us know if you have any questions about preparing for hurricane season with your cat, or need to schedule an appointment to get them up-to-date on their vaccinations!