There are many things to prepare during winter season. While there is a lot of available stuff that can help people battle the cold and snow, animals like our friendly felines will need some assistance to survive. However, sometimes people unknowingly cause more harm than help to these poor creatures. To avoid these, here are four man-made winter hazards for cat owners to note.
Not Looking Out For Cats
During winter, many cats not exclusive to indoor kitties find shelter in the warmest places. It could be underneath your car where it seeks warmth from the engine. It could also be hidden near a stash of dry wood or hay that you use to light your bonfire. Or it could be somewhere near your fireplace. These are quite dangerous spots that if a person isn’t minding can cause some accidents or injury to cats staying near the area. So, give your car a few taps before starting. Also make sure a kitty isn’t staying near areas where you are lighting fire.
One of the man-made winter hazards for cats is antifreeze poisoning. So to keep the cats in your area safe, reduce or completely not use antifreeze. While there are emergencies and other circumstances that require you to use antifreeze, at least make sure that a cat isn’t in the area. But if you can help it, don’t use this. A cat that licks antifreeze spills or drips that’s even as little as a teaspoon can be fatally poisoned. To avoid antifreeze poisoning for cats and other pets or animals in the area, find safer alternatives and hacks to keep snow from freezing up your area or belongings.
A seemingly more natural and safer alternative to melt snow is salt, particularly rock salt. Unfortunately, rock salt poisoning is among the winter hazards for cats. Not only are they lethal for felines that can lick it off their paws, this can also damage a cat’s paw pad. Just like with antifreeze, solutions are not lost as there are safer and pet friendly deicers to replace rock salt such as kitty litter.
Not Checking Shelters
You may have provided a shelter for your indoor cats or the neighborhood’s stray felines but not checking those can be dangerous for your furry friends. For instance, make sure that outdoor shelters you provide are in good condition. Check if the entrances don’t get covered by snow or it won’t break from snow buildup or you will trap those poor felines. Don’t put fabric or hay in those shelters as these can soak up moisture. Instead, insulate these shelters by placing straw which are simple but helpful in keeping cats warm. As for indoor cats, check if your cat’s favorite spots like the windowsill is draft-free. Elevate shelters or bedding as the ground or the floor can get really cold. How cold is too cold? Read here.
You may think that some of these man-made winter hazards for cats are not really dangers; in fact, acts like providing shelter or making sure your living area won’t freeze up are beneficial for cats. However, we would like to make sure that people’s kindness won’t be lost and that good intentions won’t result badly. So, hopefully avoiding these four man-made hazards for cats will help make this winter friendlier for everyone.