KEEP YOUR PETS WARM & SAFE DURING THE COLD SNAPS!
The following tips come courtesy of petMD. The basic information is useful for cats & dogs.
- PROVIDE AN OUTDOOR SHELTER
Should your cat get stuck outdoors, having an outdoor shelter could be a lifesaver. Smaller shelters are able to hold more heat, but take note that if you have multiple cats, they may want to snuggle together — thus requiring more room. A simple shelter solution is to take a large plastic storage bin with a removable cover, flip it upside down and cut a hole into the side. Use straw for bedding, and include some food and fresh water. Elevating the shelter off the cold ground will keep it warmer.
- MAKE SURE WATER BOWL DOESN'T FREEZE
Fresh water is essential to every feline's survival. There is a great risk of water bowls freezing over in the winter. Check your cat's outdoor water bowl multiple times a day to make sure it is drinkable.
Chemicals like antifreeze and ice melters are handy in the winter, but potentially deadly if ingested by your cat. Antifreeze in particular poses a risk due to its sweet taste. Be sure to store and dispose all household chemicals safely.
- BANG ON HOOD BEFORE STARTING CAR
Cats looking for a place to stay warm are known to curl up under the hood of a car, on top of the engine. However, starting a car with a cat under the hood is almost certainly fatal for the animal. Before starting your car when it's cold out, bang on the hood of your car a couple times. That should scare any snoozing felines away.
Ultimately, the best solution for protecting your cat from harsh weather is to keep the feline indoors. This eliminates the risk of frostbite, dehydration, starvation and reduces the chance that your pet will come into contact with dangerous chemicals or a cozy car engine.
It is YOUR responsibility to keep your pets safe!!!