(SurvivalDaily.com) – 2020 has been the most unpredictable year many of us could’ve imagined. You look back on last year and remember laughing at some of your friends when they started talking about prepping for when SHTF. Now you’re one of those preppers. You got help from your friends and have everything you could possibly need stocked to the gills, but you have one thing they don’t — pets.
You’re prepared for the worst; you have water, food, ammo, off-the-grid capabilities, but what about your pets? Have you considered their needs? Think of all you do for them on a monthly basis. If SHTF tomorrow, are you prepared to care for them?
Let’s look at suggestions from Yosemite Prepper and see just how far from pet prepped some of us really are:
Because there are numerous animals kept as pets, for the sake of this article, we’ll look at prepping for dogs and cats. The following list contains necessary items for both animals in a SHTF scenario:
- Water. Dogs need a minimum of 1 ounce of water for each pound of weight, or more. Cats require less water, about 1 cup a day, more if they are only consuming dry food.
- Food. Dogs should have a stockpile of food equivalent to your food supply. It should be 15-30 percent high protein. Cats, on the other hand, need to consume meat.
- Food containers keep stockpiles secure.
- Flea treatments and any medications either animal may need also should be on your list.
If bugging in is not an option, you will need the above mentioned along with other items. We will consider dogs first:
- Leash. Last thing you will want is your dog running off. You need to be in control of your pet.
- Dog boots and Vaseline. This may sound odd, but prolonged travel in different elements of weather could cause the pads on their feet to become dry, cracked or sore. Layer their pads with Vaseline and slip the boots on to protect them.
- Toys. Use this as a way to improve mental health and boost their sense of security.
- Dog-safe bug repellant and a tick removing tool will help keep your furry companion safe from external parasites.
Cats tend to be a bit simpler to bug out with. Transport them in a pet carrier. When you let them out for exercise or a bathroom break, put them on a leash. They’re in a new environment, scared and may try to run off. Just like with canines, bring along toys to help reduce your cat’s stress level.
Now that you have everything ready for your pets, check to make sure you added what you need for blister care and prevention. You need to take care of your feet just as well as your canine’s, if not better.
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