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Outdoor Winter Hazards For Cats

January 15, 2022

Do you have a kitty, Or two or three kitties? If so, we highly recommend keeping them safe and sound indoors, especially in winter. Fluffy may have a love for adventure, but she’s also very vulnerable and small. Things like cars and weather pose threats to outdoor cats all year long, but winter adds a few more dangers. A local vet lists a few of them in this post. 



Darkness


Darkness arrives pretty early at this time of year. That can put your furry friend at increased risk from cars or traffic. With less light to go by, it’s also harder for her to spot potential threats. 


Temperatures


Cold weather is still dangerous for Fluffy even with her natural fur coat to warm her. Also, your pet is already so close to the ground, so she could be tummy-deep in just a few inches of snow. Frostbite is a lot more common in cats than many people think. For kitties, the tips of their ears and tails are most susceptible, and sometimes their paws and legs. 


Increased Risk Of Getting Lost


Most kitties know to stay within a certain distance from home. However, Fluffy may venture further than you might think. Landmarks and scents may be masked by snow and ice. This can make it harder for Fluffy to find her way home. 


Chemicals 


Many chemicals used in the winter by people are toxic to cats. Antifreeze is an example of this: it’s very poisonous to our feline pals. Also, kitties find the taste of many types of antifreeze appealing. There are, however, pet-friendly versions available, but even if you use these, your neighbor may not. 


Entrapment


Most kitties like to explore nooks and crannies. If Fluffy takes shelter in a neighbor’s shed during a storm, she may not be able to get out.


Predators


In rural areas, your feline buddy may also face increased risk from predators … particularly from those looking down from above. With the white snow and lack of foliage, Fluffy is easier to spot from the sky. 


Tips


If you do let your furry pal out, or if your kitty tries to make a break for it whenever the door opens, be sure to offer Fluffy an emergency shelter. Something as simple as a storage tote with a hole cut in one side will do the trick.


Do you have questions about your furry buddy’s care or health? Contact us, your local animal clinic, today!

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