Anytime there’s a tragedy reported in the news, whether it’s a mass shooting, a terror attack, or an accident, our hearts go out to the victims and their families. Their lives will never be the same. But there’s another set of lives that is also affected by these types of tragedies: the lives of the pets whose humans will either never come home, or won’t come home for a very long time.
It made me think once again about just how important it is to have a plan in place to provide for our cats’ care during unexpected emergencies.Continue Reading
Nobody wants to think about becoming ill, incapacitated, or dying, but as responsible cat parents, we owe it to our cats to think ahead and make arrangements for their care in the event of death or any other emergency. Making arrangements before they’re needed means peace of mind not just for you, but for family and friends who may not know what to.
Choose a caregiver and discuss expectations
Find one or two responsible friends or relatives who will agree to take care of your cat if something unexpected happens to you. Your trusted cat sitter may also be an option, if she is willing to take on the responsibility. Ideally, these will be people who know your cat, and who your cat is familiar with. Provide them with keys to your home, make sure they know your cat’s basic routine when it comes to feeding and care, and that they have your veterinarian’s contact information.
Nobody wants to think about the unthinkable: something happens to us, and our cat won’t be taken care of. As responsible cat parents, we owe it to our cats to think ahead and make arrangments for our cats care in case of an emergency or death.
I am currently going through the process of updating my will, which includes a pet trust. A pet trust allows you to control how your cat will be cared for in the event of your death. You can name a guardian for your cat so she won’t end up at a shelter, and leave money for her care. Laws for pet trusts vary from state to state. As of 2012, 46 states have enacted pet trust laws. Be sure to consult with an attorney in your state once you’ve finalized arrangements.Continue Reading