Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 9, 2023 by Crystal Uys


As we’re watching the recovery efforts following hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, it has hopefully made all of us think about the importance of having an emergency plan for us and our cats. It probably also made us wonder how we would fare if we had to cope with of these disasters. Earlier this week, award-winning author Deborah Barnes shared her experience of going through Irma with her seven cats. Her account of what it was like affected me deeply, and I want to share it with you today. Click here to read her story.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, Dr. Kris answered last month’s questions, on Tuesday, we showed you some adorable wool fairy houses for cats, on Wednesday, we explored the issue of who gets custody of the cat during a divorce, on Thursday, we introduced you to Tabcat, a new device that can help you keep track of your cat, and on Friday, we reviewed Sandy Lerner’s gorgeous book Caticons: 4,000 Years of Art Imitating Cats.

The sweetness in today’s video just makes me happy – enjoy!

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Have a great weekend!

Photo of Deborah Barnes with her cats ©, used with permission

Organizations helping with post hurricane recovery still need your help. Click on either of the images below to help with Irma and Harvey recovery. I’ll be posting information on organizations helping with animal relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico tomorrow.


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6 Comments on Mews and Nips: Surviving Hurricane Irma With Seven Cats

  1. Thank you for bringing awareness to the trauma our pets can experience during a weather emergency. Thankfully, I have yet to experience a severe weather emergency, but Deb’s experience prompts me to be prepared in case of such an event happens in the future. Will be following both sites from now on.

  2. we really cannot do anything against the mother nature, but we sure can do something to help these little kittens. much respect for all those who take care of these pet in such situations.

  3. Very informative. Shared by one of my most favorite cat lady writers ABOUT one of my most favorite cat lady writers. Thank you Ingrid and Deb, for being the inspiration that I needed today….and many other days. 🙂

  4. Thank you for sharing my story with your readers today, Ingrid. While I certainly was blessed in that Irma caused far less physical damage in my area than she could have, my story for me was more about the psychological aspect of what happens before, during, and after a hurricane – something that is rarely discussed or shared with the world at large and I wanted people to understand that aspect.

    Hurricane trauma and PTSD are real things and I was happy to see that my piece allowed others who had survived a natural disaster to share their own feelings and personal experiences. As the days have gone by, I have slowly gotten back into the swing of life. Sharing my feelings with others has helped with the healing and I’m glad to see my story has helped others heal as well. The true message is just how strong we are as people when we need to be. The ability to come together and the will to survive is incredible.

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