If you're wondering why the crazy cat lady down the street still has power after hurricane Sandy and you don't, maybe it's because she's putting all her pets to work. You can never be too prepared if you find yourself in the path of a terrible storm, and instead of buying a backup generator next time, this online calculator will give you a rough estimate of how many animals you'd need to power your home.

Surprisingly your average 2,000 square foot home can be powered by just a single dog, or five felines if you're a cat person. But if hamsters are your thing, unfortunately you'll need to round up about 646 of them to keep your lights and other electronics powered. So you'll need to ask yourself, is watching TV really worth the stench of a small mountain of rodent poop? [Movoto Blog]