The following items are recommended for inclusion in a disaster kit specifically for cats. Prepare one kit for each cat in your household.

Food and Water:

  • A one-week supply of the food your cat is accustomed to eating. Store food in an airtight, waterproof container and rotate every three months to ensure freshness.
  • If your cat eats canned food, buy cans small enough for one feeding since you may not be able to refrigerate leftovers. Include a can opener or buy pop-top cans.
  • A one-week supply of water, stored in a cool, dark location. Rotate occassionally to ensure freshness. If tap water is not suitable for humans to drink during a disaster, it is also not suitable for cats to drink.
  • Bowls for food and water. Collapsible bowls are easy to store and save space.

Cleaning and Sanitation:

  • A small litter box, litter scoop, one-week supply of cat litter and plastic bags for disposing of your cat’s waste.
  • Liquid soap for washing food and water bowls, paper towels, and disinfectant for cleaning crates and carriers.

Housing and Transportation:

  • Harness and leash in case you have to keep your cat confined in a cage for an extended period of time and need a secure way to remove him from the cage for exercise.
  • A collapsible wire cage to transport your cat or house him at a friend’s home or hotel while evacuated. The cage should be large enough to accommodate food and water dishes and a litter box.
  • Toys, if your cat likes them, for entertainment and comfort.
  • EvacSaks are foldable and easy to store.


  • Temporary identification tag that you can write your temporary location on in case your cat is separated from you.
  • Current pictures of your cat in case he or she gets lost and you need to create posters.
  • Pictures of you with your cat to prove ownership if you are separated.

Health and Safety:

  • A two-week supply of any medication your cat is taking.
  • Medical records, including vaccination records.
  • First aid kit:
    • first aid book for cats
    • conforming bandage (3″x5″)
    • absorbent gauze pads (4″x4″)
    • absorbent gauze pad (3″x 1 yard)
    • Q-tips (1 box)
    • antiseptic wipes
    • emollient cream
    • tweezers and scissors
    • instant cold pack
    • latex disposable gloves (several pairs)