Bug-Out Doggie Bags

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Brandon Smith carries his two cats, Fry and Bender, to dry land from their flooded and evacuated home on June 12, 2008 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Much of the city has been evacuated as the Cedar River continues to rise to record levels. More rains are predicted over the next few days. (img by David Greedy/Getty Images)

If you don’t have a bug-out bag, or Emergency Preparadness Kit, or zompoc survival steam locker, make one. A bug-out bag, if you’re unfamiliar with the concept, is a kit, usually a backpack, with enough supplies to keep you and yours whole in case you have to evacuate your house, city, state, etc. for usually at least 72 hours. Wikipedia can help you put together a fairly comprehensive bug-out bag including the most important supplies, like duct tape.

But among the ranks of non-perishable food, water, and water purification supplies, it doesn’t include pet food and pet supplies.

Most people have pets and if you have to leave, you can’t leave them behind. Even the ASPCA recommends putting together a bug-out doggie bag, because if you leave without them, there’s no guarantee they’ll survive without you.

In hindsight this might seem like common sense. When I realized that my kit doesn’t have any pet-specific supplies I felt pretty retarded. Particularly since they seem to take offense at actual meat, which, yeah, weird. I mean, they’re cats, fucking obligate carnivores, right?

In any case, freeze-dried cat food is on its way. Freeze-dried dog food is also a thing that you can buy. Of course, that’s not all you need for your pets.

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Water is a priority. They use it, too. Figure the same amount people use by weight, or 1/2 ounce per day per pound, minimum. Obviously this is a survival amount, if you can carry more, do, and make sure your water purification supplies are extra for pet use. Water bowls are important, too. They make collapsible bowls but you can also just make a few from like, old 2-liter soda bottles or whatever. They’re animals, they don’t care.

Shelter and warmth are also a priority. Towels, cloth and paper, those collapsible cardboard pet carriers, and a tent big enough for extra fuzzballs to stink up the joint. Along with shelter comes leashes. A good bug-out bag already has rope and/or paracord, but make sure you can spare some for pet-staking purposes in a pinch.

And of course, clean-up. For dogs this is easy, for cats, depends on the cat. That silica pearl cat litter is what you want to use for your bug-out bag if only because of the weight advantages it has over clay. Also cat litter is a multi-purpose tool and can make a lot of situations simpler, especially if ice and cold are risks where you live. Plus the desiccant nature of the silica cat litter will help preserve your entire bug-out bag by keeping it exceptionally dry. Make sure to have a travelling litter box as well.

Finally, make sure your first aid supplies have enough to go around, with extra gauze, peroxide, and vet wrap. Vet wrap is handy for people, too, like you wouldn’t believe. Anticoagulants, skin glue, and laceration-fixing stuff is greatness whether you’ve got two legs or four.

And while survival is a priority, creature comforts can go a long way to calming stressed-out pets. Bug-out bags traditionally focus on the bare necessities, but with animals, some rawhide or catnip is lightweight and will go a long way to keeping the anxiety away.

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