Hurricane snacks, full tank of gas, important documents, angrily meowing cat— once you’ve got all these essential items loaded in the car, you’re good to go (and by go, we mean sit in gridlocked traffic for hours).
Because Hurricane Ida’s hissy-est evacuees are also its cutest evacuees, and because we all need a hurricane-centric cat listicle right now, here are angry evacu-cats doing their thing—plus travel tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Humane Society of the United States and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Tips for evacuation
-Consider microchipping your pet in case it gets lost and registering the microchip and your contact information with the manufacturer.
-Make sure your pet has a collar, ID tag and leash whenever it leaves the car. Put your cellphone number on the tag.
-Don’t let your pet roam in the vehicle. Dogs and cats are safest in a crate anchored by a seat belt. There also are other restraints that keep dogs in place, but they don’t provide safety in a crash.
-Pets should be placed in the back seat. Even when crated, pets in the front seat can be injured by air bags if there’s an accident.
-Never let a pet ride in the back of an open pickup truck.
-It’s dangerous to let an animal hang its head out of a vehicle window; it can be hurt by flying debris, and air rushing into their lungs can be harmful.
-Stop regularly to allow your pet to move around, drink water and eliminate waste. (Cats may need a litter box.)
— Sophia 🗽Johnson (@sophington) August 28, 2021
She did not like my peace offering. pic.twitter.com/oT4qkv7teG
— Kristen Manalo (@kdmanalo86) August 28, 2021
The toy was an inadequate distraction. pic.twitter.com/Jb0hwGPmYq
— LeeAnne Sipe (@LeeAnneSipe) August 28, 2021
— mumu 🦭 (@mumuwutunubu) August 28, 2021
— Kristine Froeba 📚 (@Kristine_Froeba) August 28, 2021
My friends’ cat Queso in Mobile pic.twitter.com/LCxmnl5Qku
— BigJimFridge (@BigJimFridge) August 28, 2021
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As Hurricane Ida evacuees flee, northbound Lake Pontchartain Causeway becomes choked