Emergency Preparedness For Small Animals
What if you have birds, reptiles or smaller pets? Here is information to help your smaller family members.
Emergencies and Birds
- Birds should be transported in a secure travel cage or carrier.
- In cold weather, ensure you have a blanket over your pet’s cage. This may also help reduce the stress of traveling.
- In warm weather, carry a spray bottle to periodically moisten your bird’s feathers.
- Have recent photos available and keep your bird’s leg bands on for identification.
- If the carrier does not have a perch, line it for paper towels that you can change frequently.
- Keep the carrier in as quiet an area as possible.
- It is particularly imperative that birds eat on a daily basis, so purchase a timed feeder. If you need to leave your bird unexpectedly, the feeder will ensure his daily feeding schedule.
- Items to keep on hand: Catch net, heavy towel, blanket or sheet to cover cage, cage liner.
Emergencies and Reptiles
- A snake may be transported in a pillowcase, but you should have permanent and secure housing for him when you reach a safe place.
- Take a sturdy bowl that is large enough for your pet to soak in. It’s also a good idea to bring along a heating pad or other warming device, such as a hot water bottle.
- Lizards can be transported like birds (see above).
- Have enough food and water for them.
Emergencies and Smaller Animals
- Small animals, such as hamsters, gerbils, mice and guinea pigs, should be transported in secure carriers with bedding materials, food and food bowls. A small cat carrier could work for guinea pigs. There are special carriers for safe transport of hamsters and similarly sized pets.
- Have a week’s worth of food and water.
- Have a current photo for each pet.
- Items to keep on hand: Salt lick, extra water bottle, small hidebox or tube, a week’s worth of bedding or newspapers.