Cold Weather Safety Tips for Cat Owners

Throughout his career as a veterinarian, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has provided preventive care for countless small companion animals. During the cold winter months, animal care specialists such as Dr. Prince stress the importance of pet safety, especially for cat owners.

As a general rule, cat owners should keep their feline friends indoors when temperatures begin to dip. Not only can cats freeze if they get locked outside, but they also run an increased risk of being injured or killed by wild animals. Cat owners should also ensure that their pets have a warm place to sleep, preferably far away from cold floors or drafty areas.

Outdoor cats tend to sleep under the warm hoods of cars, which places them at risk of injury when the car is started. To prevent injury, pet owners should bang on the hoods of their cars before starting them to give the cat a chance to escape.