Post # 1
We had really bad weather roll through earlier (multiple tornadoes). We have two cats, so I loaded them into their separate carriers and placed them inside of an interior closet with me. They hate their carriers, so they cried thoughout most of the ordeal. Luckily our home was spared, but a major tornado wiped out several homes in the northern section of our county. My husband thinks they get too upset and I shouldn’t put them in the carriers, but I feel like it is my duty to protect them just like I would protect a child and the safest place for them is in the carriers.
Post # 3
I take them with me to an interior room or closet. My dog tends to follow me but I usually have to somehow secure my cat in the area because he’ll get curious and try to see what’s going on. I don’t put him in his carrier but I would if I needed to. I also feel like it’s my duty to make sure they’re safe from the bad weather and it also makes me feel better to know that they’re as safe as possible.
Post # 4
I think it’s smart to put them in the carriers because if it gets really crazy they could get out of the house and you’ll lose them. My dog becomes very upset during storms so I have to hold him tight to calm him. They make “thunder jackets” to help keep dogs calm during storms. Those work well.
Post # 5
I hold my cat in whatever space I need to be in (basement, closet, bathroom, etc- We’ve moved a lot). She buries her head in my arm, so I feel it’s where she wants to be. If I had two animals though, they’d be in their carriers so I could make sure they were safe and where I wanted them, just as you described.
Side note- I’m glad your safe! I heard those storms were horrendous.
Post # 6
You did the right thing by putting them in their carriers, IMO. I usually leash our dogs and take them with us to the shelter. They are small and weather doesn’t really bother them, they are happy to be going somewhere. To them it is a little adventure.
Post # 7
@LindsayMaree: Thanks. We definitely feel lucky that our neighborhood was spared. Death toll between our county and those surrounding it is up to 14, and they expect that number to climb as more homes are searched overnight. Worst storm this area has seen since 1974.
Post # 8
That is so scary! I’m glad you’re safe. I agree that the carrier is a great plan. It lets you carry the cats easily, and keeps them from hiding when they get freaked. I know my old kitty would hide in places that were impossible to reach when he got really freaked out!
For now, my husband and I sleep with our dog in our bedroom and her leash and collar within reach in case we need to evacuate quickly. She is definitely part of the family 🙂
Post # 9
Scary!! I’m so sorry! Who would have thought this time of year?? In answer to your question, anytime we’ve been in danger due to weather, we’ve brought our pets with us (storm shelter during tornado, basement during tornado warning).
Post # 10
I think it’s smart to crate them and keep them with you. All my pets have always been “pocket” pets….so they already live in cages. Easy peasy.
Post # 11
Our dogs are pretty protected through out the year. The are inside with us when we are and the littlest one (a 2.5 kg pomxchi cross) stays inside each day. If the weather is really bad we will open up a outdoor games room we have that doesnt get flooded if the door is left open and the big dog (border collie) is able to go for shelter in there if he doesnt like his kennel at the time.
Post # 12
My dog has her own room, always. At the last place, it was the laundry room, here- it is a closet lined with pillows. She forces us to lock her in there when there is a storm, otherwise she will literally crawl up our arms! (I don’t know where she is going! But she basically goes nuts and has to be in a safe place. She hates thunder and lightning!)
Post # 13
I just take our dog with us (basement, interior closet/bathroom, etc). I don’t leash her or crate her or anything though.
Post # 14
I think what you’re doing sounds good and the most safe. My vet told me I could give my dog “Rescue Remedy”, they make a pet friendly kind that doesn’t have the alcohol, just calms their nerves. It works ok & is natural, it doesn’t take away all the anxiety but it keeps my dog from shaking non-stop.