The following article has been contributed by James Sorick of SurvivalGearGuru.com. It has been published with permission of the author.
Assembling food survival kits is one of the most important things you can do for your pets. If something happens and you have to go dashing out of your house, you’ll want to be sure you have everything you need. If you have been prepping a while and you probably have all of your own and your family’s necessities ready to go in a bug out bag…just in case. Now it’s time to take care of your four-legged friends.
Assembling food survival kits isn’t as simple as it sounds. You probably don’t even realize everything you need for your pet right now and you’ll want to make sure that the kit you assemble will include everything you need.
Obviously, the most important thing to include in your pet’s food survival kit is, well… food. But, just like our food, pet food doesn’t last forever. Because of the high fat content in most pet foods it actually spoils just as easily as human food.
If your pet prefers dry food or kibble look at the expiration date before you buy it and try to buy something that will last for as long as possible. To extend the shelf life even longer you can pack the dry food into airtight food-grade storage buckets which will help prevent mold, mildew, spoilage and protect it from rodents. Throw in some oxygen absorbers to help slow spoilage.
If your pet prefers a moist, canned food, again – check the expiration dates before you buy. And don’t forget to include a can opener in your pet’s food survival kit!
All animals – dogs, cats, hamster, birds – any type of animal, needs lots of water. In fact, it’s just as important (if not more) as food. Make sure you set aside several gallons of battled water for your pets – no matter their size. This water should be only for your pets. Don’t plan on sharing your own supply. If you do, you won’t have enough.
It’s easy to set aside water for your pets. Just rinse out some milk jugs (the non bio-degradable type) and fill them with regular tap water and store it in a cool location. Water doesn’t really have an expiration date but it’s best to change it out every 6 weeks or so, just to keep it fresh. After all, you don’t like to drink water that’s been sitting around for ages, either.
Speaking of drinking and eating…the pet needs something to do those activities out of. Collapsible bowls fill the ticket perfectly. They don’t take up much room and are lightweight. You will kick yourself if you forget the bowls.
Also, make sure you include treats or cookies, and chew sticks or toys. Some animals suffer extreme anxiety in emergency situations and their favorite treats or cookies will help them stay calm. Chew sticks and toys will help distract their attention and, in the case of smaller animals like hamsters and gerbils, chew sticks are important for maintaining their teeth.
Finally, don’t forget to include vitamins and minerals, small plastic bags to clean up their mess, and any medications your pet needs. If you assemble your pet’s food survival kits now, should an emergency arise, you’ll be ready to go and you’ll have everything you need to take care of your furry little friend.
This is a guest post by James Sorick. James is a survival expert specializing in survival gear. Read more on his blog at SurvivalGearGuru.com.