Emergency– a situation which requires swift, immediate action, such as a fire, earthquake, tornado, etc.

Disaster – the type of event that often requires a coordinated evacuation, usually with advance notice.  In these instances, there is the likelihood of people and pets being displaced from their homes for longer periods of time. Examples:  hurricane, floods, wildfires, etc.
*** It is advisable to have 2 separate kits ready for your pets – an
Emergency Kit and a Disaster Preparedness Kit.

Emergency Kit:
- One harness and collar for each pet with ID tags
- One emergency transportation device per animal, with identification and contact info
- One day’s worth of food and water
- Three day’s worth of medication, if applicable

Disaster Preparedness Kit:
- One harness and leash for each animal, with ID; muzzles
- One secure carrier of adequate size for each animal (or Evac Sack for cats – can be ordered online)
- One week’s worth of food and water in secure containers, dishes
- Any medicine your pet requires
- A copy of your pet’s health records in a waterproof bag.  A rabies certificate is especially important.
- A photograph of you with your pet
- Clear instruction regarding your pet’s special needs
- A pet first aid kit and book
- Favorite toy, treats, blanket (anything that will provide comfort)
- Small litter box and litter for cats, doggie poop bags, pee pads
- Paper towels and a small bottle of cleaner
- Manual can opener and spoon for canned food
- Flashlight, portable radio, extra batteries
- Blankets
Regional & National Resources:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)    800-745-0243   www.fema.gov/helping-pets

RedRover (formerly called United Animal Nations), 916-429-2457, www.uan.org

American Veterinary Medical Association, 708-925-8070, www.avma.org/disaster/default.asp


* Please note – this list only contains plants that are commonly known.  There are many, many other plants that can be toxic to cats.  For a more comprehensive list, visit the website for the

** Another note – many of these plants go under several names.  I have listed the most commonly used names for these plants.

Aloe Vera        Amaryllis        Asparagus fern         Azalea        Baby’s breath        Bamboo       Begonia        Bergamot    
    Bird of paradise
Boston fern        Carnation        Chamomile        Christmas cactus        Chrysanthemum       Clematis        Coleus        Daffodil        Dahlia
Daisy        Elephant’s ear        Eucalyptus       Gardenia        Geranium        Gerbera Daisy
Gladiola        Hemp        Hibiscus        Hosta       Hyacinth        Hydrangea      Impatience      

Jade plant        Jasmine        Lady slipper
      Laurel        Leek
Lilies        Marigold        Morning glory      Mum       Narcissus       Orchids       Paper White       Peony        Petunia         Philodendron        Poinsettia      Polka dot plant        Snapdragon      Spider plant        Sunflower       Tomato plant       Venus fly trap        Zinnia


I highly recommend that all pet parents purchase health insurance.  It is very affordable, and helps you to take the best possible care of your pet even when faced with a big vet bill.

For the past 12 years, I have used Petplan Pet Insurance, and have received great service & reimbursements for the health emergencies of my cats. Their website is
www.gopetplan.com.  There are different levels of benefits, deductibles, etc., to choose from with Petplan.

There are many companies out there that offer pet health insurance.  I have listed a handful of these below, so that you can check them out, compare plans, etc., to find the best match for you and your pet.  You might also check with your veterinarian’s office to ask about their experiences with some of these plans.

ASPCA Pet Insurance                   Progressive  

Embrace Pet Insurance                Trupanion

Healthy Paws Pet Insurance                 VPI

Pet First                              
        Pet Partners

Serving New York City


P: 917-443-3145

  (Email or text is best!)


ALCOHOL - Vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma, death.

AVOCADO - Contain Persin, cause vomiting & diarrhea.

CHOCOLATE, COFFEE, CAFFEINE - Dark chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate, baking chocolate is the most dangerous.

GRAPES AND RAISINS - Can cause kidney failure.

MACADAMIA NUTS - Weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors, hyperthermia.  Onset of signs approx. 12 hours after ingestion.

MILK/DAIRY - Pets do not have enough lactase – the enzyme needed to break done the lactose found in milk.

ONIONS, GARLIC, CHIVES - GI irritation; cats more susceptible than dogs.

RAW/UNDERCOOKED MEAT, EGGS - May have Salmonella or E. Coli bacteria; bones can splinter.

SALT - Excess thirst and urination, can cause sodium ion poisoning.

XYLITOL- A sweetener in many products – can cause dangerous increases in release of insulin in body.

YEAST DOUGH - Expands in stomach or intestines, can cause rupture.  (Small bites of bread can be given occasionally as treats.)


 Adhesive tape - for bandaging
 Sterile dressing pads/ gauze – covers wounds
 Cling gauze – holds pads on wounds
 Gauze sponges – cleans wounds
 Adhesive bandage (Bandaid)
 Scissor – to cut bandage material
 Antiseptic soap – to clean wounds
 Antibiotic ointment or cream – to help prevent infection
 Thermometer – to measure body temperature
 Eye wash solution – to flush eyes
 Hydrogen peroxide – induces vomiting
 Elizabethan collar – prevents wound licking & eye rubbing
 Blanket/towel – for warmth and/or transport
 Leash for restraint; muzzle, if needed
In cases of suspected poisoning, immediately call your vet or
Animal Poison Control at 888-426-4435, and follow their instructions.  Save any vomit sample to take with you to the vet.

It is important in the case of a poisoning to know your cat’s weight.

www.aspca.org or www.hsus.org for a detailed list of common poisons.