Now that the weather is starting to get colder, outside cats seek out warm, sheltered spots. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for a cat to crawl under the warm hood of a parked car as cats are drawn to the warmth of the engine compartment and the protection from wind and predators. Cats can easily be injured or killed by the fan belt when the car motor is started. If you live in an area with outdoor or feral cats around, there are some steps you can take to prevent injuring a hidden feline passenger:
- Bang on the hood and/or honk your horn before starting your car.
- If possible, keep your car parked in the garage with the garage door closed, and don’t allow your own cat access to the garage.
- Also, before starting your car, take a quick look under your car for cats seeking shelter there.
- Consider buying or making a cozy, safe shelter for outdoor cats.
- If you turn on your car and hear any unusual noise, immediately turn off the engine and check under the hood.