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Pet Prepping in a SHTF Scenario
Pet prepping for a SHTF situation or survival scenario might seem like a daunting task but trust me it’s not much harder to prep for your animals as it is to prep for a human.
Actually it is quite easy! Even if you have multiple pets and mixed between dogs and cats, prepping should be a snap as compared to human prepping.
The only catch is that pet prepping can be easily overlooked by preppers, thinking that their pets would not need their own prep items and specialties.
Think about if one of your pets has a medical condition and you cannot get the medications in time..that would not be fun for Fido!
All that you need to do is consider what you need to sustain and protect your pet with.
For my big dog I have compile this list to show you how easy it is:
- Water, a first priority, one gallon a day is a minimum for your dog, depending on the size and breed
- Food, same as with us humans, we need that food to survive
- Medicine (lucky I only have to worry about flea and tick medicine) If your animals have special conditions you will want to get an extra six months to 1 year supply
- Leash and Harness I keep an extra of each in my dogs go bag (yes they too have a bug-out bag!)
- Crate – This is for fast transport of your pet, especially if they get nervous and flighty when traveling by car or truck
- Go bag for my dog- this is one of those cute little doggie back packs and I have filled it with a 72 hour supply of food and water.
- Toys, a very important comfort item and does not take too much space
- Treats – Another item for comfort and noise and nerve reduction
As for my 2 cats I had to make a completely different bag for them:
- Water (one gallon a day for both cats)
- Food – dried is most likely easiest
- Litter box plus litter
- Crate – something to put a scared cat into
- Medicine – pet meds as well
- Leash and Harness- this will help because you won’t be able to keep them in the crate the whole time
- Treats – the all important comfort item!
So this is all I have so far for my pet prep but I figure something is better than nothing. I know in some situations people would say to leave them behind and as this is not an option for me I need to be prepared for them as much as possible.
This means taking into consideration that their go bags and supplies will need to fit into my backpack along with my things or the car .
Once you have allocated space for your pets prepping supplies you can begin adding to the list of what they might need.
I have also purchased a collapsible fence that I can set up anywhere and keep them contained in.This can become very useful when relocating or temporarily setting up a camp or place to rest. Having a fenced in area can make a huge difference for you and your pets.
This will be especially useful if we are bugging out for a long time. In case of emergency always keep your cat carrier and dog carrier easily available.
You never know when you might need to leave in a hurry and you will be saving yourself a ton of time if you have all of your pet prepping supplies at hand.
You should also keep your pets go bags or bugout bags with your own so you will be able to grab your go bag and theirs at the same time and get out of dodge with your pet prepping supplies.
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