Leaving a large bag of food will make no difference. Cats eat from 15 to 25 times a day, and drink water in the same measure. A large bag of food won't last that long if you have more than one cat, and cat food goes bad quickly if the weather is not a good one. Once it gets humid it all goes downhill very very fast.Panpiper wrote:
Alternatively, leave the tap open slightly, fill the bathtub with water, tear open a 'large' bag or two of catfood and leave the apartment door open. Let them do their business down the hall. They'll likely still be there and be fine a few weeks later if you are coming back.
If you are not coming back, taking your cats with you likely is not going to make much of a difference in their lives. If the situation is so dire that returning is impossible, your cats will just as likely wind up someone's dinner.
The tap running is a good idea, though, until the water supply is cut. The tub water is not a good idea, cats don't really like water that's standing still, and in the event they drink from it because there's no other option the water will only last what? A week? Maybe two if you're lucky. Water goes bad, too, and fairly quickly depending on the weather. It also evaporates and makes the temperature inside the house worse due to humidity levels rising. Also, they could fall into the tub and drown. (Same with the toilet bowl).
Yes, cats can hunt and are very very good at it declawed or not (btw, NEVER DECLAW A CAT, EVER. It's equated to animal maltreatment), that doesn't mean all cats are able to do so or even want to do so. Also, cats get attached to their humans, and they get attached fast. My baby girl will meow if I leave her alone for too long and she can't find her companion. Her companion will meow regardless if my baby girl is there or not because he loves to be around his human who is my gf. They are very attached to us because they are rescues, and bringing them with us WILL make a difference in their lives.
What you need to keep in mind that not two cats are the same, not even siblings that have grown up together their whole lives are the same. All cats have their personalities, likes, dislikes, health issues, and so forth. And they are just as valuable companions as are dogs. Cats get rid of vermin that can give you diseases or eat your stock of food, and they are also pretty territorial, so if an intruder comes in they WILL defend the place they live in.
We all have our reasons for not being able to bring our pets with us, I saw it during Juliette, people leaving their pets behind, and it wasn't even as horrible as Katrina. But I personally believe that we as humans are responsible for our pets' domestication, and thus we are responsible for their well being. My kitties and my dogs are family, and each member of a family has a function and a specific job, even if it doesn't seem productive at first sight. Pets not only protect you from intruders and vermin and disease, they also protect you from stress and depression and during a SHTF scenario those things are as much likely to kill you as anything else. Believe me, I know.