ASPCA Winter Safety Tips

Winter weather can pose harm to your cat. Follow these tips from the ASPCA to keep your pet safe during cold months.

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When the weather outside turns cold and snowy, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reminds you to think about your pet's safety and recommends the following guidelines to protect your companion animal:

1. Keep your cats inside. Outdoor cats can freeze, or become lost or stolen, injured or killed.

2. During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under car hoods for warmth. Before starting your car, bang loudly on the hood and wait a few seconds to give the cat a chance to escape.

3. Antifreeze, even in tiny doses, is a lethal poison for cats. Unfortunately, its sweet taste attracts animals to it. Thoroughly clean up spills from your vehicle. To prevent accidental poisoning, more and more people are using animal-friendly products that contain propylene glycol rather than traditional products containing ethylene glycol. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-4ANI-HELP) if you suspect your animal has been poisoned.

4. Never leave your pet alone in a car during the cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold. Your companion animal could freeze to death.

5. Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep far away from drafts and off the floor. Consider a cat bed or basket with a warm blanket or pillow in it.
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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

12/26/2013 3:14:52 AM

thank you for the information

janet    bethlehem, PA

11/14/2013 3:50:50 AM

thanks

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

3/17/2013 9:39:46 AM

good article, thanks

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

1/10/2013 11:34:42 PM

Good tips.

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