Saturday, April 26, 2014

On Emergency Pet Food


  Periodically I mention products I have found in my travels which might be useful to you.   These are items for which I receive no remuneration, and so I have no axe to grind.  I simply want you to know that they are available.

             Most of us have a supply of long term food for people, and we likely have gathered an extra bag of dog or cat chow.  However, those large bags of food will often not last as long as a year.  They can grow mold, and then they are simply dangerous to give to your pet.  I try to keep one or two bags ahead for dogs and cats, and then I rotate them.   Here is something else you can do.  You can stock some dog or cat food that really will last as long as ten years.

    At $80-110. dollars, this is quite pricey and so it becomes a later prep for most people.  However, it IS excellent quality food for your pets, and there is quite a bit of food per container.

Thanks for preparing for me too !

If you need dog or cat food for an Evacuation Kit, then Quake Care has some alternatives:

 Mayday Emergency Food packs is another pet alternative

They sell thirteen meals worth of dog food for under fifty dollars and it lasts five years.

Mayday sold on

Mayday Catfood on Amazon

This is also information for making your own food, should you be stuck at home for a longer emergency


Practical Parsimony said...

What would you store for chickens? I figure that as long as they give eggs, I have calcium and protein for them. Protein from meat can come from their foraging or my hand-delivery of bugs or grubs. Their green requirements can also come from foraging or hand-delivery by me. Now, hey eat scraps of my food and love pecking the bones clean. I know they are mostly dependent on me and probably would be more dependent if I could not allow them to forage. I never plan to have a large flocks, just no more than four to six. Right now, two are plenty. Am I wrong in thinking that chickens will be easier to feed?

BBC said...

Helen was a cat lover so she spent a lot of money on cat food, about a hundred bucks a month, a lady at the cat shelter told me the other day that many cats are allergic to the red dyes in common cat food, that may explain why two of the cats here are always chucking up the food soon after eating.

YOU MAY FIND THIS INTERESTING. But after losing Helen and having a hernia operation this week I guess I really don't give a shit, it's been a rough week for me.

JaneofVirginia said...

Again, I send condolences regarding Helen's passing. I am glad her cats found their way to a place where the operators seem knowledgeable. We have two cats and it costs us about eight dollars a month to feed them a specialty food. Fortunately, cats eat small amounts, and this is why it was hard for me to invest in emergency cat food for $80, even though it was good for ten years.
The article you linked was interesting. There are many reasons people choose to relinquish citizenship.
I hope you are recovering well from your hernia surgery.

JaneofVirginia said...

Linda, I think you are absolutely correct. I keep ahead on actual chicken feed, but it would not last for a really long period. Like you, I keep some extra calcium for chickens. Most of us will generate enough scraps that we would not eat that would supplement a few chickens. In addition, letting them free range while you are present outside, and then returning them to the hen-home would also supplement them. I think your approach is absolutely correct.

Practical Parsimony said...

I was wondering if it would be wise to store 10 years of cat food without feeding the food to the cat to see if the cat could tolerate it. Plus, the cat a person has now may not be the cat ten years from now. I know cats have a long life, but without neutering and spaying, a home might have many new cats too soon. I don't have a cat, but if I did, I would be very picky about what commercial food I fed it.

Practical Parsimony said...

Although I am not a prepper, I do read them. I hear scary things about stolen livestock. You know I will bring them in at night if necessary and would put them in the basement permanently if it were necessary. Yes, I would supervise forage time.

I have four babies living in the bathroom right now. So, watching young ones outdoors will be in my future soon.

JaneofVirginia said...

The catfood above is an excellent quality product and this is probably why it is as expensive as it is. I am very particular about the food fed to both our cats. I still think there is value in having an emergency supply of catfood which lasts ten years. Of course, each family must allocate funds for their emergency supplies, and $80. for a number of pounds of cat food with a ten year shelf life should probably not be your very first prep. It could be your very first cat prep.

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