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post #1 of 52
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Would you spend precious minutes of your time and your life finding your kitties before saving yourself??

I was just thinking about this the other day when our fire alarm went off (its super sensitive). If there was a raging fire or a tornado in my front yard I would search for every last one of my three cats before saving myself. My boyfriend is the same way. I know some people think I'm crazy because I would risk my own life for my kitties. Is anyone else this "crazy"?
post #2 of 52
We had a nasty fire 2 weeks ago on our street. Two of their cats went missing. So we discussed that DH would unlock the car and we grab as many kitties as we can. There are two that hid and I am afraid we would have to leave them. If DH & Mom were at work.....I don't know what I would do
post #3 of 52
I would whether it was safe or not. Chances are if something happened the first thing I would think is the cats rather then myself.

So no, you aren't crazy- you're just a cat person.
post #4 of 52
Yep! One time when I was married we had a tornado warning. At the time my husband and I had of our own 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 turtles, a pig, 2 rabbits and 1 guinea pig. We also had 2 foster dogs and 6 foster cats! So we were running around trying to get all of the animals downstairs got all but one of our cats and we couldnt find her anywhere! So he made me go down into the basement and I could hear him calling her. She came strolling out from behind the washing machine and tried to run upstairs to him. So I yelled at him that Tigger was downstairs and he came down looking annoyed saying that the tornado warning had been cancelled. LOL So we dragged all the animals and cages down there for nothing.

But I would do it again in a heart beat.
post #5 of 52
I would and did in our last fire alarm last night.
post #6 of 52
I always keep one of the girls' carriers put togehter and accessible. Both like to sit in them anyway. I deffinately would be looking for my girls. I know their hiding spots and the only ones where it's hard to get to them is when they go under the couches and stuff. What I need to get together is their paperwork in a safe place.
post #7 of 52
Absolutely. We were just having a discussion the other day about how we'd save the babies if there were a fire or something because at the very least Bagheera is impossible to pick up. I said, well, if worse came to worse, I'd open the door, let her run out, and, we'd have to find her later. Better to be safe and lost to be hopefully found later, than burned. The rest I'd have to round up. We are currently working on teaching them to come when called, and getting them to get in their carriers.

I'd totally put my life at risk to save them, though.
post #8 of 52
Absolutely. We keep our carriers in the bedroom. We've had to gather the cats because of bad storms and possible tornadoes before.
post #9 of 52

When we were evacuated from our home a month ago because we were being flooded, the first and only thing I did was grab the boys' carrier that was in the hall closet by the door, put it on the counter, out of sight of any water coming in & put them in it, grabbed a bag and put their food in it, and left. We had 5 minutes to get our things and GO.

It was instinct. I couldnt think of anything else at that moment other than getting them in there. I thank GOD everyday that they were by me when I answered the door that morning when the National Guard & our landlord was there telling us to get out- and knew where they were, if not, we wouldn't have had enough time to get them out with us. They would have been there alone, and heaven forbid I even think about what would have happened then
post #10 of 52
I keep soft sided carried under our couch and an emergency evacuation kit for the kitties close by. I would definatly not be leaving with out my kitties and neither would my husband. The only way I'd consider leaving them is if our searching for them would certainly result in our death/s. For us the bigger question is where can we go with cats in tow if we have to leave our home in an emergency.
post #11 of 52
We have the carriers handy for emergency. In our other house, when the tornado sirans went off, we threw the cats in the carriers (only had 2 in the house) and took them to the basement and kept them in the carriers till clear.

The dog we had to remain calm cause she panics easily and still had to take her collar and force her down the steps to the basement. She was put in a down/stay and couldn't go back up.

Keno would be the worse in a fire as she would hide instead of following us. If need be, I'd just grab the nearest pillowcase or towel, grab the cats and go. You can always drop a cat in the pillowcase and throw them over your shoulders.

The MOST important thing to remember is YOU CANNOT PANIC NO MATTER WHAT. The animals will pick up on that and make it worse by hiding or fighting you.
post #12 of 52
I keep 4 carriers ready to go in the garage and have an entire shelf made up with food/blankets/etc that i can grab very fast in an emergency for my kities. The dogs leashes are kept near there too so we can grab them quickly.

Also be sure those who are planning ahead that you keep copies of all important documents with your evacuation kits in a water safe bag (wedding lisence, drivers lis., ss card, proof of vaccinations for your pets, military id, anything like that you might need.)
post #13 of 52
I forgot to say all the younger foster kittens are crated unless I'm awake/at home watching them. So I always know where they are. Skye, Calamity, Sundance and KoKo are only allowed in the livin room and kitchen area and theres no place for them to hide. So I can always find them.
post #14 of 52
Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Also be sure those who are planning ahead that you keep copies of all important documents with your evacuation kits in a water safe bag (wedding lisence, drivers lis., ss card, proof of vaccinations for your pets, military id, anything like that you might need.)
Great tip! Thanks.
post #15 of 52
I cannot imagine leaving my home without the kids!
post #16 of 52
this actually really worries me, I've recently found out how a mess this building is that we live in, thank God we are on the first floor. I need to get more carriers. 2 of the cats hide when there are loud noises or new people and the rabbit goes and runs under the bed. Yes I would find them all though, lots of windows around here to thankfully.
post #17 of 52
well, I would be in a tough spot if there were to be an emergency at my place. It's only me and I have 12 cats a dog and a rat Vino (the Dog) will go with me wherever and most of the cats do not hide, but Demeter is a different story. I would rather die trying to save my cats than live with the guilt of not trying
post #18 of 52
of course. 7 years ago there was a earthquake (6.5 on the Richter, we lived on the 7th floor) i was a kid then, we didnt have any cats, but i had a parrot, first thing that i took was a cage with my bird
post #19 of 52
I would do everything in my power to save my kitties. I would be crushed/devistated/dead inside if I lost them to such a disaster. I may even die with them if I couldnt gather all three... OMG im ready to cry just thinking about it
post #20 of 52
Definately. I couldn't live with myself if I didn't at least try to get all my babies. I have thought about it... and the first thing I would do is put my macaw in his carrier, then try to get all the tiels while my mom was getting the cats. If they weren't all there after getting the birds I would help her. The birds would have to be first since they are in cages and have no way to get to safety. The only problem is...what would we do after getting all of them if it was a tornado? We don't have a basement so we would probably have to load everyone up in the bathroom.

Have even thought of how the heck I would get all the tiels and luckily someone on a parrot forum gave me a great idea of using pillow cases to put them in just to get them all to safety.
post #21 of 52

Also, living in florida and all, I worry about hurricanes all the time. I have 10 cats and 2 dogs to worry about evacuating. I already have a plan to rent a uhaul... put the cats in the 4 extra large dog crates i have (I may have to use some carriers as well), put them in the uhaul and have my DH drive that while I drive my car with the 2 dogs. I even have a pet hurricane kit... complete with medical records, bandaging supplies, back-up medications for my animals that need them, flea prevention, heartworm prevention, a collapsable trash can (for poop scooping) trash bags, sedatives for the animals that may need them, feliway spray, needles and syringes (in case I need to check my diabetics blood glucose) glucometer, wet food lids... even toys...

I'm very prepared! You have to be with a house full of animals that have disorders/disablities...

I worry about that kind of stuff all the time...
post #22 of 52
Popsie would be first on my mind. There has been a few occasions where I've had to take cover for the weather and he's came with me.
post #23 of 52
The cats would be my first thought no doubt about it. I have their carriers stored in the hall closet so they are easy to get to. I look at everything else in my life as being replaceable except for them. There like my children.

It is so sad when You lose a pet under such circumstances. Three years ago my niece and her husband house burnt down. It was struck by lightening when they were at work. They lost their Jack Russel terrier, Yoda, and their 3 kitties Molly Holly and Polly in the fire. My niece was totally devastated by it and had nightmare for weeks afterwards. She still cries when she thinks about it.
post #24 of 52
My carriers are handy, and I know the hiding places. All I would have to do to get Scooter out is to open the door, and he will go out, realize he is out and sit down. Pepper would do the same. I could grab Pearl, and Fluffy would follow my SO anywhere with only a word. I always keep cat food in my trunk, ans usually at least one bottle of water.
Then I would grab my massage chair, as many clothes as I could fit in a basket, and toss the meds, papers, etc into a lock box. I can do all this in under 5 minutes. I have tried it several times just to make sure.
post #25 of 52
I wouldn't leave without Zissou unless they pulled me out kicking and screaming either. Thankfully she's not averse to the carrier, and if I thought that wouldn't be feasible (like I couldn't carry it) I would put her leash on and carry her.

Luckily we're okay with tornadoes. We go in the bath and sit in the bathtub together, and she can tell something is super wrong so she lets me hold her until it passes. We had warnings 4 or 5 times last year.
post #26 of 52
Yes. Definitly. I have nightmares about this. Trying to round them all up in disaster. That's why I like keeping them indoors these days. I have eleven, that would tear me apart if I couldn't get them all in time, but I'd probably die trying.
post #27 of 52
Two nights ago, we had a tornado warning. My husband and I were dressed and ready to go just in case we had to leave. We always keep the carrier out (she likes to sleep in it) so that we can put her in it for vet trips. She is a part of our family and we would never leave without her. I would be devastated.
post #28 of 52
One afternoon last spring, there was a monster straight-line windstorm going on, with branches flying and fences falling -- and then a tornado showed up on radar, heading in our direction, but perhaps five or six miles away.

Perfect timing: the power went out, so we couldn't get any more news, and the winds intensified even further... so I herded my parents into the main bath and started bringing cats to them. The kitties quickly caught on that something was up, and I could not for the life of me get Sassy or Abby. They're both extremely highstrung girls, very easily frightened, and if they don't want to be gotten, you're not getting them, no matter how you try.

That day, the tornado passed well south of us... but I don't know what would happen in a real emergency situation. How do you capture a terrified cat?
post #29 of 52
One thing I have established with all my kitties is a very trusting relationship, especially when it comes to handling them. It has always been in the back of my mind if ever an emergency, they must trust and allow me to pick them up and hold them without objection! I would never leave my home without Maia, and just as likely she would be the one to alert me if something was wrong such as a fire...........
post #30 of 52
Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
That day, the tornado passed well south of us... but I don't know what would happen in a real emergency situation. How do you capture a terrified cat?
I am wondering this myself... Bagheera is hand shy, and the last time I tried to put her in a carrier to take her to the vet, she sunk her teeth into me.... she was terrified and the sad thing is, I can't even imagine how she'd be if there was something going on that added to that.

So, I'm trying to clicker train or just train her to not be afraid of the carrier. The one thing I want them all to do is learn to get in the carrier on command.
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