I know it sounds ridiculous, but I really want to have a kitty cat fire drill. In case of emergency, I need to be prepared to wrangle my three cats and get out FAST.
Two nights ago, there was a fire in my apartment high rise. The rest of my stuff can burn to the ground for all I care - the only thing I give a crap about is the safety of me and my cats. However, in a real world situation, with people screaming from balconies and running around yelling fire and the smell of smoke coming down the stairwell, as well as the logistics of wrangling three freaked out cats while even their carriers were disassembled (I know, stupid!) I had to just leave them and get out myself.
I was lucky; the fire was 3 floors above my unit, everyone got out safely (although some were trapped on balconies are were rescued by the fire department) and I didn't even get any smoke/water damage. My cats are fine, probably less stressed out than I am. But the whole situation has got me freaked, and if I ever have to stand across the street watching black smoke billowing from my building while worrying about my cats again, I need to know that I did everything in my power to get them out as well.
Obviously, I've reassembled the carriers, and now have them in an easily accessible place. Is there any thing else I could do other than making loud noises somehow and then getting them used to being herded up quickly? Two of the three shouldn't be too hard, but my third dumbass cat won't even let me pick her up in the best of situations; I can't imagine this ever even working, but I have to try.
Yes, I know this makes me sound like the insane crazy cat lady, but I'm okay with that. But mefites always seem to have such great ideas and solutions...
(Oh, here's my usual obligatory pic
- i need a new one!)