Follow the simple guidelines below to ensure your cat is safe throughout the winter months.

Ollie in the snowIf your cat goes outside, try to ensure that he is kept inside during morning and evening rush hours so that he is off dark roads when they are at their busiest.

Fit a quick-release collar with reflective strips to increase his visibility when he is out and about.

Cats will always seek out the warmest spot so make sure yours doesn’t overheat sitting too close to a heater or radiator or from being in the airing cupboard for prolonged periods. Ensure fire guards are always used around open fires.

Take great care when topping up car anti-freeze and adding screen wash so as not to spill any. Both are highly poisonous to cats, who can be attracted by the sweet smell. Also, check beneath a warm car before driving off as a cat may be sheltering underneath.

Make sure your cat can always find shelter during poor weather. If you do not have a cat flap fitted, prop your garden shed ajar and pop a fleecy bed inside so that he can get inside if he’s caught out in the rain. Wipe any grit/rock salt from your cat’s paws or coat when he comes in, though it’s best to keep him inside if snow is forecast.

 

Ensure your cat can always access water if he goes outside. Water bowls will need defrosting at least twice a day in frosty weather. 


Extracted from YOUR CAT magazine December 2011

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Dogs Come when Called

"Dogs come when called. Cats take a message and get back to you."

"Of course, every cat is really the most beautiful woman in the room."

Edward Verrall Luca (essayist)

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