In my blog post earlier today, I referenced two Sinar Harian stories from Perak — one, a family of eight cats and two, a family of ten cats plus other pets – coping with the flood.
It’s not really all that unusual for some Malaysians to have many cats, be it one dozen or even up to two dozen per clowder.
However when disaster strikes, such as last weekend’s floods, cat owners are unable to bring their pets along with them to the emergency relief centres. I can’t imagine their anxiety.
This is actually a subject I’ve been turning over in my mind since 2016 when I saw news photos of the Rohingya exodus (pix below). None of the refugees brought any cats with them.
BELOW: Screengrab from a
Japanese South Korean cat video channel on YouTube
I believe boat rescuers will be willing to take on board the pets, along with their humans, since Malaysia is such a cat-loving country.
For evacuation on water transport, a carrier is more handy than a cage. A backpack carrier (below) allows you and your cats to be glued together during a melee.
A stroller carrier (second pix) might be serviceable if you have to trek uphill on foot to higher ground.
Should necessity dictate, cats can be released from the carriers once you reach safety leashed to a lead and harness.