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I keep a single sheet document on each cat that gets printed out whenever they are left in someone else's care (a cat sitter, a family member, taken to be boarded, etc). What information should be provided on this sheet that may be relevant in case of an emergency?

I've attached an example of my current form, with the personal information redacted.

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  • "Rescued From" looks a lot like clutter for me that not necessarily adds any important information (they might not even remember the cat depending on their size and the pet's age). – Mario Feb 1 '15 at 7:40
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    @Mario RE:"Rescued From"; it is reasonable to assume that the avid chip will actually point to the rescue as they probably installed it, that the rescue maintains computer records of animals that pass through, and lastly it identifies all of the known family history for the pet. "Rescued From" is an important part of the pets social/medical history. – James Jenkins Feb 2 '15 at 11:28
  • @JamesJenkins Okay, that's interesting. In Germany it's not that easy (mostly due to privacy laws), so we specifically have to register our dogs to national databases (based on their chip numbers). – Mario Feb 2 '15 at 16:35
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Everyone is going to be a little different, but with respect to your current form (which I quite like), I would consider:

  • Remove the "Rescued From" information, unless it's relevant to the care in which case the relevancy should be indicated.
  • Add a "willing to spend" line by the vets to indicate how much cost you would be willing to bear in an medical situation. Our vets had this on their boarding form and I think it's wise, even if you intend no limit.
  • Add an "in the event of death" line for to do the event that your pet dies. Not a pleasant thing to think about, I know, but consider how the person caring would react if something does happen.
  • Add a feeding schedule along with any instructions (for ours we need to add water to the wet cat food to deal with a megacolon issue).
  • Add a treat schedule or some basic instructions on how much treats can be given.
  • Add a medication schedule and instructions. For example, our boy gets 3 ml of lactulose daily orally before evening feeding. Even if you don't have any medication to give, saying so is a good thing.
  • Add an alternative contact (if necessary). When we boarded ours at the vets, we had my mother as a contact for any decision making. Now, that depends on how much decision making you want to leave up to the sitter. As an aside, if you do have a sitter, notifying the vets that this is the case and whether or not they can make certain decisions isn't a bad idea.
  • Add a general "notes" section for basic behavioral information and what not.

That's all that I've managed to come up with.

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