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PostSubject: Tips to Keep Your Cat Safe in the Snow   Thu 25 Nov 2010, 20:59

Ten top tips to keep your cat safe in the snow



As the first snow falls in the UK this winter, Cats Protection is urging owners to spare a thought for the welfare of their pet cat.

The plunging temperatures, icy conditions and heavy snowfall present a number of risks for pet cats, particularly those cats who like to wander outside.

However following a few simple tips can help to keep cats safe:

  • When your cat comes in from the snow, wipe off any road grit and any other substances that may stick to his paws or fur
  • Keep the doors of sheds and outbuildings shut or wedged open, so that cats do not become trapped
  • Cats may also climb into vehicle engines for warmth whilst out roaming. Be vigilant, and check under the bonnet of your vehicle before starting your vehicle
  • Provide some shelter for cats that have access outside, such as a designated shelter, or cardboard box partially covered with plastic sheeting
  • Take special care of your cat if he has arthritis, as the cold can severely affect inflamed joints. Provide additional warm and comfortable places for your cat to rest or sleep. If your cat is finding it hard to reach his favourite resting places then look at ways of making it easier for him to reach his preferred places. Also ensure he can easily access his chosen toileting site
  • If your cat uses an outdoor water source to drink, make sure it doesn’t freeze. Always have clean, fresh water available inside in case the outdoor source is inaccessible
  • If your cat is seeing snow for the first time, then consider letting your cat wander in a safe and enclosed area such as a garden, and accompany them when they do
  • If you should let your cat wander further, let him outside when temperatures are highest and traffic levels are lowest. Also, check your cat flap regularly to ensure it hasn’t frozen over or become blocked by snow
  • Keep your cat in during the hours of darkness when there is a greater risk of cats being involved in road traffic accidents, theft and physical attacks
  • If you haven’t done so already, consider taking out pet insurance for your cat in view of the risk to your cat posed by the winter weather

For further advice on keeping cats safe, please call the charity’s national Helpline on 03000 12 12 12 or log on to www.cats.org.uk

Source: http://www.cats.org.uk/news/safe-in-the-snow
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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Keep Your Cat Safe in the Snow   Thu 25 Nov 2010, 21:29

Good post Thankyou

Our two only ever go out for the most 1/2 hour and i worry if they are out longer.
In fact Georgie is still protesting and rarely goes out for more than 5 minutes.
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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Keep Your Cat Safe in the Snow   Thu 25 Nov 2010, 21:41

Just read this on CP website.

Isn't the cat in the pictiure stunning!
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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Keep Your Cat Safe in the Snow   Thu 25 Nov 2010, 21:42

Yes very pretty. very unusual markings indeed
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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Keep Your Cat Safe in the Snow   Thu 25 Nov 2010, 22:18

My two are not keen on going out in the cold/rain at all.

Today we had rain, sun, hail and snow yes

Max nipped out for 5 minutes at the most and Maisie has not ventured outside at all - although she did sit in the doorway for a little while watching the world go by smile

The picture of that black and white cat is stunning yes
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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Keep Your Cat Safe in the Snow   Fri 26 Nov 2010, 13:29

That cat is so different and yes, very stunning.

The Flower Girls are wimps and, as I call them, solar cats. They won't go out in the rain, they won't go out in the snow, they won't go out if it's very windy...

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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Keep Your Cat Safe in the Snow   Fri 26 Nov 2010, 17:04

Beautiful cat so unusual.

My girls don't like snow or rain. Blinx will hop like a bunny through the snow though as she's usually desperate to go out no matter what.

good post
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