When it comes to preparing for a disaster, a lot of people forget about man’s best friend. They focus so much on what they’ll do for themselves and their family in the case of a survival situation that they forget to make any preparations for their pets. Fortunately, it really doesn’t take much to prepare to take care of your family pets after a disaster.
Stockpile Some Food
Along with your own stockpile of canned and dry goods, go ahead and buy some extra dry and/or canned pet food. Go ahead and put some of this in the car and in your bugout bag, as well, so that you’ll have some food for your pup with you, even if you have to leave in a hurry.
Plan to Take Your Pets with You
Next, if things are bad enough that you need to bugout, you need to understand that it’s not going to be any safer for your pet than it would be for you. So be prepared to pack them in the car with you or put them on a leash and walk out together.
Foraging Food for Pets
There’s a good chance that at some point you’ll have to forage some food for your pets, as well as for yourself. Dogs are opportunistic carnivores, which means they’re natural scavengers, and they tend to eat a variety of foods. You’ll want to make sure that you feed your dog equal parts cooked or raw meats, cooked carbohydrates (like rice or potatoes), and cooked or raw vegetables.
Unlike dogs, cats are obligate carnivores, meaning that they absolutely need meat to survive. If you can, you’ll want to mix up your cat’s diet between organ meat, edible bones, and muscle meat.
Follow these tips, and you’ll have a much healthier, happier pet with you as you and your family survive together.