Car Engines and Cat Safety

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.

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Abby Rosenberg

Abby Rosenberg is a PetMeds employee and long-time cat lover. She was a volunteer for several years at a local no-kill cats only rescue shelter. This has prepared her for her most challenging role to date: secretary, photographer, social coordinator and treat dispenser for Daisy, and Daisy’s sidekick Harley. Daisy is a dilute calico Devon Rex cat, and Harley is a “cow-cat” who was adopted from the shelter where Abby volunteered. You can also find Abby on Google+

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  • […] are outside often crawl into the undercarriage of warm vehicles and can get trapped in the engine. Bang on the hood loudly before starting your car in the winter to scare any animals out that may be there seeking […]

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