Chinchilla evacuation kit?

Xaurnel

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Hi y'all,

This isn't an active emergency, but I live on the Gulf Coast and hurricane season is an annual threat. When living with my folks I planned to just stick it out there for hurricanes because they lived so far inland and have a generator. Now that I live on my own, I feel I need to take hurricane season more seriously. I can't really find a "chinchilla evacuation kit checklist" online so I've been trying to put one together myself. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd greatly appreciate them. I own two 8-year-old chinchillas.

So far I have:
- A travel carrier
- A guinea pig hutch (I know, I hate it too, but figured if we have to leave it's a little better than riding it out in their carrier)
- A bag of paper bedding (normally use fleece in their cage)
- A water bottle
- Sealed bags of food and hay with the date of purchase written on it
- Chew toys
- A wooden hideout (barely fits in the hutch but it's better than being fully exposed?)

Is there anything I'm missing?

Last year there was a hurricane that blew out my power so I had to "evacuate" to my parent's house for three days and used a similar system to the one above. They weren't happy in the hutch but playtime helped. I'm a worrywart and want to make sure I have everything planned this year. I just have a feeling that my area is going to experience A Big One this season.
 

Amethyst

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I would go with aspen shavings not paper bedding, or a fleece blanket or two that you can use to line the guinea pig hutch. Paper bedding can cause a blockage if they eat it, and you really don't want to be having to find an emergency vet in the middle of a hurricane.

I would also add some bottles of water or a gallon jug, just in case the tap water isn't safe.

Also a first aid kit if you don't already have one made up for the chin. Here is a list from another group
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I would also add some q-tips, maybe some surgical gloves, and wet wipes.
 

Xaurnel

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I would go with aspen shavings not paper bedding, or a fleece blanket or two that you can use to line the guinea pig hutch. Paper bedding can cause a blockage if they eat it, and you really don't want to be having to find an emergency vet in the middle of a hurricane.

I would also add some bottles of water or a gallon jug, just in case the tap water isn't safe.

Also a first aid kit if you don't already have one made up for the chin. Here is a list from another group
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I would also add some q-tips, maybe some surgical gloves, and wet wipes.
Thank you so much! That helps immensely. I do have some of the things in the chinchilla first aid kit you provided, I'll be sure to get the rest and research how to use it. I use paper bedding in their litter boxes and they've never eaten it, but I will try to start converting over to aspen shavings if it's better for them. I can probably get a good deal on a few yard cuts of fleece from a craft store.

This is great information! Thank you again.
 

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