Dear Professor Poppy,
A question for Professor Poppy Q-we had a fire in our apartment building the other day and our kitty ran under my king size bed when he heard the fire alarm since he was a scaredy cat. Fortunately, the fire was in a third floor apartment and was put out quickly and no one was hurt. We did have to evacuate the building and my kitty would not come with me since he was scared with the fire alarm constantly ringing. Any ideas on how to get the kitties out safely in the case of an emergency? Any tips are appreciated.
Dear Dream Mom,
Fank you for giving me this excellent question to ponder. It must be hard for you in a fire alarm, as you have to get your son out safely as well, and I can imagine that must take some time to get him out of bed and into his wheelchair. I had to ask my mum for advice, and we have been thinking about this all week.
- Is there anybody in your building who you can rely on to come and help you with dear son and wiggles? I know it is hard to ask for help, but in this case you may need someone to help you get your boys out safely.
- Is your ptu somewhere easy to access, so that you don't have to spend a long time getting it out. My mum often leaves mine out with my blanket in it, and I go and sleep it and am not scared of it.
- If Wiggles won't come out, and you have to evacuate quickly, do you have a door onto the balcony that you could leave open for Wiggles?
Please if any kitties or beans are able to help with any suggestions, please leave a note in the comments for me and Dream Mom. Happy Easter to you, your son and Wiggles.
Our friend Smudge, he was too sick to carry on so his beans had to hold him, and pat him as he went to the bridge. Please visit his blog to say kind words to his beans and Zoe at Smudge & Zoe . RIP wee smudge.
Ps Special advice from Miss Daisy (who was mentioned on CNN!!!)
You can get special Pet Rescue stickers for your window that say something like "In case of fire, please rescue my ___ cats" And then you fill out the number of cats you have. Of course getting the people out safely is the first priority, but these stickers will alert the fire department that there are pets in the house, and the number of pets.
Fank you daisy, that is good advice too!!
Thank you Poppy Q for taking the time to answer my question. (By the way, I just love you in your Professor garb.)ReplyDelete
I live on the first floor and on that day, Dear Son had already gone to school so I didn't have to get him out but Wiggles wouldn't come out from under the bed.
I think your idea of leaving the patio door open was a good one.
All my sympathies for Smudge.
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Very hard question Professor Poppy Q, and a very good answer!ReplyDelete
Mom actually was in a house fire back in the 80's with a little Terrier mix named Ginger. Mom evacuated the house with the little woofie, but then while they were watching the firemen, she realized that Ginger was missing. Ginger had run back into the house and upstairs into Mom's bedroom. Luckily, the firemen found her right away.
Mom did not have a PTU back then. We have 3 now, 2 small ones and 1 big one that fits both of us comfortably.
Keeping the PYU's handy is a good idea. So is leaving doors open. This was a hard question and I hope no one ever has to go through the terror of a fire!ReplyDelete
Happy Easter Prof. Poppy!
You can get special Pet Rescue stickers for your window that say something like "In case of fire, please rescue my ___ cats" And then you fill out the number of cats you have. Of course getting the people out safely is the first priority, but these stickers will alert the fire department that there are pets in the house, and the number of pets.ReplyDelete
I would agree, leave any means possible for an escape open that you can, including windows.ReplyDelete
professor poppy, you are very smart and pretty. if i were hiding under the bed and mommy needed to get me quickly, she would just lift the heavy mattress off the bed frame to get me out.ReplyDelete
Just a though: Is it possible to persuade a scared kitty with treats, favorite meals, or toys, or any other means that would attract kitty to make kitty get out from their hiding places?ReplyDelete
preparing anything handy & ready is absolutely advisable, and Daisy suggestions is great also!
when one of us in mellow mood or didnt got home for long time, or got mad by other cats coming to our sanctuary, usually mommie's brother try to calm us down or call us by using Reiki, hope it helps with anyone out there too if it's in the same situation.
Though things get rough lately, Meaouwy Troops still like to share their furryfriend story about the unusual mark on her body and helping mommy disclose one of the reasons why we become the best communicator with humans:) so check them out in our blogs to find it more.
Thank you all for such good advice. I think leaving the door open sounds like a great plan. The fire alarm was so loud that nothing would get him out from under the bed. (He's scared of loud noises.)I have a king size bed and can not lift the mattress and box spring myself as I had back surgery six months ago.ReplyDelete
Daisy-Great idea on the rescue stickers!
Thank you to all of the cats and beans who responded and a special thank you to Ms. Poppy Q who is not only smart but beautiful! Isn't she a lucky cat!
Dearest Poppy Q,ReplyDelete
You can git free pet rescue decals from the ASPCA here in the US. Here's the link: http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pets_rescuesticker
Very truly yours,
The Whiskers & Purrs Gang