Outdoor Cat Safety: Tips for Saving Cats During the Winter
The cold and snow has come along with the holidays. The weather change means we all need to practice outdoor cat safety. Use these tips for saving cats during the winter season. Cats are nature-lovers and enjoy their solidarity, so if your cat or even your neighbors have outdoor cats these tips for felines who love the great outdoors could be life-saving. Cats may have fur coats, but they still need to keep warm.
Knock on Your Vehicle
Cats are smart creatures and gravitate toward smaller spaces and heat. Your car may look like a great place to take a nap to a cat. The heat from the engine could come across as a personal heater for felines. It’s smart to knock on your car hood to wake up and alert your furry friends. Checking under your tires is also a great idea to see if your pet has snuggled up in the wheel well.
Even if you have a furry family member that loves being outside and religiously returns on a timely basis, it’s important you have an outdoor shelter. Emergencies happen and cats can get temporarily lost or distracted. Make sure you have an easily accessible outdoor shelter for your curfew-skipping cats. One common mistake pet owners make is building too big of a structure. A two feet by three feet structure that is about 18-22 inches high will be great for your cat and even a few friends. Also, avoid lining the shelter with conventional fabric blankets or towels that will only absorb moisture and create more cold and opt for straw – not hay. Location of the shelter is another factor. Avoid high-traffic areas. Cats love being stealth.
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Food and Water
It’s a no-brainer that your pet needs food and water. An awesome tip I learned from my vet is to warm canned food in the microwave. Place the heated food outside it outside (NOT inside) the cat’s shelter twice a day at the same time. Your outdoor cat is smart and will eventually learn a warm meal is waiting at lunch and dinnertime. Don’t forget to freshen water and ensure it hasn’t frozen over. And, obviously, don’t use metal bowls!