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Tycho
05-11-2008, 11:22 AM
My kitties are totally indoor cats and have never been on their own outside.

I live in California, so the worst-case-scenerio of an earthquake is in the back of my mind. (I doubt a wildfire would penetrate my part of San Diego though I live near where all that trouble occurred).

But I imagine if my place was ripped apart and I became separated from my pets (I just have the 2 cats), I could whistle their favorite tunes and both of them would find me. While I’d hate to put that to the test, I would bet on it if it ever came to that.

It’s comforting to know because in an emergency like that, the only thing I’d care about is evacuating with my cats - they’re my family. But the whole 9 yards really would include the pet carrier, at least one litter box, and their food and a water dish - but who knows what would be reached during such an emergency? That scares me.

My cats are going to turn 9 years old this summer. I’ve had them since they were kittens, all their life. I believe in my lifelong commitment to taking care of them all their lives. So there’s a lot of love and we’re very close.

Since they were kittens and I was watching a Star Trek Voyager episode marathon, I whistled that show’s theme song to my kittens. I branched into other music too, including a lot of tunes from

Star Wars (especially Yoda’s theme music)
Indiana Jones
Top Gun

but my cats also like

TwinkleTwinkle Little Star
Frosy the Snowman
Old McDonad’s Farm
Jingle Bells
Silent Night
3 Blind Mice

Even the national anthem from Adolf Hitler’s 3rd Reich (no I’m not a Nazi, I can just whistle their marching music that I learned from the Indiana Jones movies).

So when I whistle, my cats come running to me, and jump in my bed or rub themselves all over me, purring and sometimes talking to me.

This has gone on for 9 years. I just thought about posting it because I was reflecting on it a little while ago, as I like to whistle anyway, and I was instantly ambused by two purring kitties no sooner than I started.

DarthQuack
05-11-2008, 11:26 AM
My brother and I share an apartment, and the only emergency I could see happening where we live, upstate ny, is maybe a fire happening? And then we could grab him and get out ok for the most part. I wouldn't say I worry about it too much though.

Blue2th
05-11-2008, 11:57 AM
That's funny you can whistle to call your cats. Never tried that and it's probably too late to train them.
Got one cat that comes running when I call her. She even knows her name. Of course she has many names other than her main one "Mims" like Grundel, Grandma Smeagol, Gollum (when she coughs up the hairballs) Gobachev (has a spot on her head) Defective Paw-pads etc.
A very unpleasant growling at everyone everything half Siamese phsyco-kitty. But she loves me and will come when I call her. So she would be easy to rescue.

My sister's cat "Obleo" or Obleo-one-kenobleo, Keeton, Wood-chip, is so independent and ignores us when he is called. He would end up being a crispy critter I'm afraid.

The Rottwieller "Pele" or Dogula is very obedient and she does whatever we tell her. When are dogs ever a problem?

Yeah we like to make up stupid names for our animals. Don't like giving human names to animals for some reason.

Jargo
05-11-2008, 03:50 PM
I used to have nightmares about accidents and disasters and not being able to save Buster black dog. stupid really because he was always the first to be aware of anything not quite right. In an earthquake he would have hiden under my bed. in a fire he would have come and woken me. and he was well trained. he knew the voice of command and when he could chance his paw and when to listen and obey.

sadly he's no longer around so I don't have the worry of harm befalling him. But nor do I have my early warning system anymore. :(

2-1B
05-11-2008, 07:18 PM
I don't worry, but my pets should worry because they will be the first thing I eat when the food supply runs out.

Ji'dai
05-11-2008, 08:19 PM
No, I don't worry. Saving my three goldfish isn't that high a priority. So Blondie, Tuco, and Angel Eyes will have to fend for themselves. Though I suppose they might enjoy a flood.

Old Fossil
05-11-2008, 11:18 PM
I do worry about that. We have two Basset hounds, a Siberian husky, and two cats, plus a fish tank. Evacuating that menagerie would be a nightmare.

During the weeks following Katrina, when we had no electricity, I was actually mostly worried about the fish, since their filter circulation was removed. I ended up doing partial water changes every other day, and they all lived.

Tycho
05-12-2008, 12:28 AM
I ended up doing partial water changes every other day, and they all lived.

That's dedication! Good work.

You were affected by Katrina, losing electricity? You're in Arkansas if I'm not mistaken, or am I? Southern Mississippi?

JediTricks
05-12-2008, 06:12 AM
No, I don't worry. Saving my three goldfish isn't that high a priority. So Blondie, Tuco, and Angel Eyes will have to fend for themselves. Though I suppose they might enjoy a flood.They should worry about shooting each other as well, and the first 2 keep putting each other in nooses and then shooting them out at the last minute.


I have always considered this, I have an oversized pet carrier in the living room, its door is always open as well. But the reality is that my cat is somewhat feral and most likely will find an expert place to hide in case of fire or earthquake, and I'll have to decide how long I can spend looking for him before I succumb to the disaster. And of course, if I find him, he'll likely tear my face off while I try to get him into the carrier, cats don't respond well to emergencies.

Jargo
05-12-2008, 10:13 AM
I don't worry, but my pets should worry because they will be the first thing I eat when the food supply runs out.


:cry: poor pets

Ji'dai
05-12-2008, 01:46 PM
They should worry about shooting each other as well, and the first 2 keep putting each other in nooses and then shooting them out at the last minute. I always figured they'd end up in a Mexican standoff over the goldfish flakes. My money's on Blondie.

Old Fossil
05-12-2008, 09:25 PM
You were affected by Katrina, losing electricity? You're in Arkansas if I'm not mistaken, or am I? Southern Mississippi?

Right, about two hours' drive inland from Biloxi.

There were many homeless pets in our area after Katrina, though I heard it was much worse along the coast. We took in a stray dog about a month later, eventually finding her a good home early in the fall. We also fed at least two young cats for a while, but they moved on after fattening themselves up a little.

The only real problem I had with my aquarium was the live plants. I maintain a nice jungly growth of Java fern and Amazon sword, but they are entirely dependent on the artificial lighting. (I keep the tank away from natural sunlight to keep the algae growth to a minimum.) Two weeks without direct lighting resulted in heavy losses, and I had to remove a lot of dead plant matter. But they came back nicely after power was restored, and I still have those same plants. I guess they'd be about four years old now, since I got them the year before Katrina.

Phantom-like Menace
05-13-2008, 01:04 AM
My family has a terrier mix named Miles, and if there were ever an emergency, I need only open a plastic bag, and no matter what trouble he's in or where he is, if he's within hearing range, he'll come running up to beg for food. That dog's whole life revolves around food.