Winter is here, check for furry stowaways before you start your car

Picture this, it’s snowing outside, the temperatures are low and you sit by a fire to escape the cold. Well, outdoor cats try to do the same thing, but often they take up residence under the hood of your car.

During the winter months, cats will try to find a place that they can keep warm, and sometimes the ideal place is in your car engine or on your car wheels.

These are very dangerous places for animals. Cats that seek shelter in car engines can be seriously injured or killed when a car is started.

What should you do?

To avoid a feline fiasco, you should follow these tips:

  • Watch out for late fall, start watching outdoor cats in your neighborhood

  • Cats will walk on the hood and/or windshield, if you see any tracks be sure to check your vehicle for any stowaways

  • If you discover or suspect a cat is hiding in your engine, give the hood a quick knock or honk your horn

  • Inspect your wheel arches and under your hood before starting your engine

  • Give a cat time to run away from the scene, you just woke it up from a deep sleep

  • Keep your own cat indoors during the winter

  • If you’re having trouble getting a cat out of your engine, call your local police department or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for help removing the animal.

If you have any questions or concerns about the safety of your pets, always seek the advice of your own veterinarian.

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