Prevent Winter Woes

Harsh weather and cold temperatures pose dangers to your cat. The Humane Society of the United States offers these winter safety tips.

As the temperature drops this winter, awareness of your cat’s safety and health should rise. The Humane Society of the United States offers the following winter tips for cat owners:

1. Never let your cat outside when the temperature drops dramatically.

2. If your cat has been outside for even a few minutes in extreme temperatures, watch for shivering, cold extremities, depression or other distress signals that indicate hypothermia. Contact your veterinarian immediately and keep the cat wrapped in a warm blanket if you think it is suffering from frostbite or hypothermia.

3. Ethelyne glycol antifreeze is extremely toxic. Consider using antifreeze containing propylene glycol, a safer chemical. Clean up any spills, and store antifreeze in sealed containers.

4. Salt and de-icing chemicals can irritate a cat’s paws and can be toxic if ingested.

5. Free-roaming cats often seek relief from the cold in warm car engines. Before starting your car, bang on the hood or tap your horn to alert any unsuspecting cats.

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