Planning for Pets and their Preps

Do Your Plans Include Your Pets?

“Sure do! I have them numbered in order of consumption!”  This might be the response of some, but not here in my house.  Our pets are a much larger blessing than a problem. They are fed and cared for. In return, we have their affection and comedic relief.  (Update…already!!  Our boy cat limped up to me for attention, so I left the keyboard for the night….)  Yes, the boy cat, just about 1 1/2 years old, came to see me last night.  He stopped at my chair and looked up at me, which is about all he can do right now, because he can not jump without discomfort.

I started typing this on Monday night.  It’s now Tuesday night.  Friday night last, he came home with serious injuries to his right side hind leg and front elbow. We did the ER thing, had him put under and sewed back up, and then spent most of the three day weekend watching him closely. He had some other issues arise, and we dealt with those. Looking up at me was his new way of asking if he could curl up in my lap.

We spent a few bucks on him! Prep bucks? Well, aren’t they all, if no other use is determined? Yes, prep bucks. Planned prep bucks? NO.

We have NO plan to deal with emergencies for the animals. After going through this episode, we now have experience in dealing with an emergency, but no dedicated plan. That will change immediately. The plan may not save us any cash outright, but it will save us time and energy, and a whole lot of worry.

“Just dump the cat. What’s he good for, anyway? Can he hunt quail, chase a bear, jump an intruder?” No way, lots, no, no and no. We like our sentimental attachments. They are GOOD for us. People make me hard-hearted at times. Animals soften me up. Our pets provide entertainment that no human could, show us affection and acceptance that few people do, and the feline variety does a wonderful job of killing moles in our garden. Just this morning, before leaving for work, Boy Cat #2 brought us a large mole… fresh kill. We hadn’t seen many since the boys came along, and practically none last year. We haven’t had plant loss from them, either. The jays like to come after the garden. The boys like to go after the jays. Result? No Jay damage. I suppose they are “good for something” after all.

Our plan for emergencies:

  • Number for the overnight and weekend ER clinic in the phones
  • Number for the regular vet also in the phones
  • Cash set aside for treatment, if treatment is the humane thing to do
  • Transportation is already arranged via bug-out vehicles

Our plan for bugging out:

  • Food in bags ready to go
  •  – dedicated stock needed
  • Space in vehicles
  • Containment using folding cages already in use
  • Individual carriers
  • Medicines (generic) already stocked
  • –    store all meds in one location /bin
  • If the saving of a pet risks the life of a family member, we say good bye to the pet
  • Our pets have no special needs
  • Aside from the boy cat’s current injury, there are no medical issues

ALl of the animals are home at all times. The rear yard is equipped with a fence topper than contains the cats – except for one. When he is given access to the out doors again, he’ll meet with a “shock” when he tries to scale the fence again.

Bugging out, for the average family with a LIFE, is a difficult thing to do. Single survivalists can make all kind of austere plans for bugging away. The lone Prepper has few baggage issues to deal with. For us, it would be quick and efficient, but with great expenditure of energy. We require this of ourselves.

In case you were wondering, our plan for ourselves, as it stands now, is to bug-IN. The animals’ well being had nothing to do with that decision, but it does benefit them in certain scenarios.

Planning for the care of pets, and their ultimate survival, calls for preparations almost as deep as those for the family. One problem is that you can not discuss these things with them. The uprooting of their lives will be a mystery to them, and not easily overcome unless the animal is one of those creatures with a mellow nature. Look at what you plan for yourselves, and see if there is a pet equivalent. You will rapidly toss out this and that item or prep, and get down to the basic needs and some extra things that will keep the pet happy and comfortable. Just as in any important area of prepping, don’t be too quick to skimp. Consider things carefully and adjust your plan accordingly. Your friends are counting on you.

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