Cats in Car Engines: A Winter Safety Guide

Kara Bednarik

Cats in Car Engines

The key to winter safety is not to turn the key…

When the weather turns frightful, a nice warm place to cuddle up and drift off to sleep is the perfect remedy. For an outdoor cat, that warm spot might just be your car’s engine. In the winter months, it isn’t uncommon for veterinarians to see cats being brought in with extensive burns, degloved tails, or worse. This winter, take precautions to help cats out of this dangerous spot.

If you are unable to park your car in a garage, try to get in the habit of doing a quick check for unwanted passengers before you start your car. A quick bang on the hood or beep of your horn might be enough to scare the tiny hitchhiker away. It’s also recommended to peek under your vehicle and on top of your tires to see if there is anything snuggled up in a spot only safe when stationary. Make sure to give them a minute to scramble out just in case they were in a deep sleep. These quick tricks could quite literally save a life.

If your indoor kitty gets outside and you’re unable to find them, the first place to check is under the hood of your car. Fletcher, a domestic shorthair cat, fell out of the window to his house and his pet parent was unable to locate him for a whole day. Sadly, when he was finally found he had barely escaped their neighbor’s fan belt. He had a big cut across his lower belly, and a broken tibia and fibula. Fletcher’s misadventure cost his mom over $5,000. Thankfully, Embrace reimbursed almost $4,000.

If you’re looking for a safer alternative to loaning your warm engine, check out some of these cheap DIY outdoor cat homes!

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