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.

Posted: Tue Nov 26 00:00:00 PST 2002

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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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Jennifer    Morgantown, OH

10/11/2014 8:37:22 PM

I don't know if this will help anyone or not, but we got our cat a cat window patio a few years ago, and a second one this past summer--he practically lives in them, even in the winter months (we live in Ohio) It helps keep him from going stir crazy during the colder months, and a happy indoor cat is a safer indoor cat. Anyway, you can find them here: LINK if you're interested. They fit in the window like an air conditioner, are built to last forever, and have three screened-in sides that let the cat enjoy the breezes, sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors--all while keeping them safely inside! I tell everyone about them since I don't think a lot of folks have ever heard of this contraption.

Tommy    Muskogee, OK

9/24/2014 11:44:09

There is a product that works well for keeping cats out of the Christmas Tree. Its called the Christmas Tree Defender and its found on the website also I bought it from Amazon

Amazing product as it protects cats and small pets from all dangers of the Christmas Tree.

It is the best product I have found to keep cats out of the Christmas Tree. Great Product!

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

12/23/2013 4:58:41

thanks for the info

Sarah    Richmond, VA

11/23/2013 11:24:52

I will defininetly keep this in mind.

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