Not As Prepared As I Thought

I like to think that we are well prepared for a hurricane, we certainly have enough experience with them in our almost five years here. But alas, the internet has shown me that I am not nearly prepared enough. I don't have the CATastrophe Kit or a Dog Gone It Kit as part of my stock of supplies. I thought having a safe place, fresh water, a store of food, clean litter and newspapers was enough, but apparently kitties and doggies need a fifty foot rope and light sticks. Light sticks? Are they going to some kitty/doggie rave after the hurricane strikes? Blankets? Sorry, but any blankets in the house will be used for soaking up water, kittehs and pooch prefer the cool tiles anyway. I laughed out loud when I saw "leash" in the cat kit, but it makes the "bloodstopper" make sense to me anyway, I'd certainly have some gushing wounds if I tried to put a leash on my babies.

I'm not mocking the necessity of taking care of the fur-babies during a disaster, but I don't think buying a $50 USD kit makes me a better pet parent. Just makes me a sucker for marketing.

In case you didn't open the links (and no, I am not selling these kits or getting commission), here's a list of the "essentials" found in these overpriced products:

Dog Gone It Kit
  • 2 - Dog food (5 year shelf life)
  • 2 - Blankets
  • 2 - Lightsticks
  • 2 - Dog bowls
  • 1 - Tennis ball
  • 1 - Leash
  • 1 - 58 piece first aid kit
  • 12 - Water packs
  • 1 - Rope 50'
  • 1 - Collar
  • 6 - Poop bags
  • 3 - Chew sticks
  • 1 - Can opener
  • 1 - Bloodstopper
  • 1 - Pet disaster information
CATastrophy Kit
  • 2 - Cat food (5 year shelf life)
  • 2 - Blankets
  • 2 - Lightsticks
  • 2 - Cat bowls
  • 1 - Cat toy
  • 1 - Leash
  • 1 - 58 piece first aid kit
  • 12 - Water packs
  • 1 - Rope 50'
  • 1 - Collar
  • 6 - Poop bags
  • 3 - Chew sticks
  • 1 - Can opener
  • 1 - Bloodstopper
  • 1 - Pet disaster information
So yes, please take care of your animals in an emergency, but don't let them go more than 50 feet away from you and just say no to kitty/poochy raves, cat nip kills! Think water, food, shelter and a place to do their business and all will be well.




Comments

Anonymous said…
Very funny .. your list is more reasonable and less expensive.
KW from Michigan
JJ said…
Two questions: do they only get 6 poops after a storm? Then what? As if the 976 Soriana bags you have in one of the cupboards aren't enough for picking up poop.

And 2, what happened to the collar they may have already been wearing? Blew off in the hurricane? Shouldn't those animals have been inside during all this? And what if they never wore collars in the first place?

Marketing. It wouldn't surprise me if they are selling these things by the thousands in this country...
mexpat said…
Can the chew sticks BE the light sticks?
I looked at the list, it doesn't get the Mr. Dog seal of approval at all, he doesn't like dog food that will last 5 years, it probably contains wheat and will make him itch. He already has 4 dog bowls,a tennis ball?if it doesn't have a squeaky inside what good is it? 3 chew sticks? Like is that a one day supply?
regards,
Theresa
Ale said…
or I could use the chew stick myself in case I get really nervous :P heh
I think the light stick is to put under the collar at the end of the 50 foot rope so you can see the dog that you slowly release out in the hurricane to do their business, from the comfort of your home. Hold on tight because they could become airbourne! You only need six poop bags because most of the poop will go flying away in the hurricane winds. The bloodstopper and first aid kit are for your hands trying to hold the dog at the end of the rope in the wind. LOL
Jonna said…
Yea, I think the lightstick is to tie on their collar. I actually think that might be kind of fun, watching our 3 out running against the wind with their little neon lightsticks glowing.

Our kitten is wearing a harness and she has a couple of leashes of different lengths, not 50' though. It's because we are still RVers and that's how we roll with the kittehs. Can't be letting the cat out to chase fireflies and then losing her at a roadside rest area. I want to get her a little camel saddle type thing so she can ride Cuba, sitting right behind the lightstick!
Heather said…
OMGosh ive never heard of such a thing. thats funny! i agree with pp, put the light stick on for entertainment. how about a laser pointer for them to chase, lol!
-h
CancunCanuck said…
KW- I like to think that "reasonable and cheap" are two words that describe me perfectly, lol!

JJ- Yes, there is a 6 poop limit, after that they must clean up after themselves. I am guessing you are right, it's a kit that would sell big time in the states. I think here sales would be totally underwhelming.

Mexpat- Ooh, chewy light sticks! If they break through the plastic, then maybe they would glow in the dark and we would never lose them, LOL!

Theresa- Hmmm, well, if Mr. Dog doesn't approve then it certainly won't be a big seller. I only buy doggie products with the Mr. Dog stamp of approval. :)

Ale- You cracked me and Hubby up with your comment. I think chew sticks for people are a great idea! Er, I guess you could call that beef jerky, teehee.

Trixie- Oh man, a little doggie poopie kite, love it! Thanks for the giggle! :)

Jonna- Your dogs sure know how to party, they would love the light sticks, teehee. So Tita has a harness, I think that is great! I want video of her chasing fireflies please, the image I have is TOO cute. And oh gosh yes, a little camel saddle for your princess, that would be a hit on LOLcats for sure! :)

Heather- Now, how could they forget laser pointer in their kit? It's an essential!!! LOL

Ok, all you commenters were on fire with this one, thanks for the guffaws (seriously, I guffawed, it was rather rude actually). :)

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