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Tips from FOUR PAWS to keep cats safe in winter

FOUR PAWS – Foundation for Animal Welfare

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A time not to put a cat outside?

FOUR PAWS reviews precautions to take to ensure the safety of cats accustomed to the outdoors, even during the cold season.

Zurich, January 24, 2022 – Even in winter, cats used to having access to the outdoors should be able to go outside safely. But forays into ice and snow can be dangerous for them. In addition, darkness and fog endanger felines. The animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS advises cat owners to take steps to ensure their safety and that of motorists.

During the cold season, cats that are active outdoors need higher amounts of protein to have enough energy to cope with sub-zero temperatures. It is advisable to increase the food rations. The weight still needs to be checked regularly because if they are allowed to put on a little weight, they shouldn’t get too big.

A warm refuge, also outdoors

When the temperature drops, the fur gradually thickens so that cats better withstand the cold. But in winter, it is advisable to give them access to shelter outside. This can be a place with blankets in the shed or garage. Partitions should be insulated with cardboard or cork to keep the space warm and windproof. The shelter should also be built a little high, away from the cold that the ground releases.

the dangers of winter

Fog and twilight pose a great danger to stray cats, as they can be invisible to motorists crossing the street. Reflective collars don’t just offer benefits; they certainly make the cat more conspicuous, but they can also be dangerous when clinging to fences and bushes. In the worst case, a cat that cannot free itself is at risk of strangulation. Each owner must carefully weigh the pros and cons of this solution.

Another source of danger is stagnant water. Garden ponds and ponds should be covered. A cat can venture onto thin ice and fall into the water.

The cat flap, an excellent option

FOUR PAWS recommends installing small steps at the bottom of doors to make it easier for independent cats to come and go. In general, although cats prefer to stay warm in the winter and be comfortable indoors, they will want to get out of the house from time to time. In those moments, Janine Cirini, campaign director of FOUR PAWS, reminds us: “it is very important that cats that have access to the outside are provided with an electronic chip and that they are registered in the ANIS database. In the event of an accident, a veterinarian will be able to contact the owner. As long as the data is kept up to date. »

Thanks to the advice and tips of FOUR PAWS, cats and their owners should be able to enjoy the cold season without worry.

You can find more tips for cat and dog owners here.

QUATRE PATTES est l’organisation mondiale de protection des animaux sous influence humaine directe, qui révèle leurs souffrances, sauve les animaux en détresse et les protège. Fondée en 1988 à Vienne par Heli Dungler et des amis, l'organisation plaide pour un monde où les humaines traitent les animaux avec respect, compassion et compréhension. Les campagnes et projets durables se concentrent sur les chiens et chats errants ainsi que sur les animaux de compagnie, les animaux de rente et les animaux sauvages – tels que les ours, les grands félins et les orangs-outans – vivant dans de mauvaises conditions de détention ainsi que dans les zones de catastrophe et de conflit. Avec des bureaux en Afrique du Sud, Allemagne, Australie, Autriche, Belgique, Bulgarie, Kosovo, Pays-Bas, Royaume-Uni, Suisse, Thaïlande, Ukraine, USA et Vietnam ainsi que des refuges pour animaux en détresse dans onze pays, QUATRE PATTES fournit une aide rapide et des solutions durables. La Fondation est en outre un partenaire d'Arosa Terre des Ours, le premier refuge en Suisse qui offre aux ours sauvés de mauvaises conditions de détention un environnement adapté à l’espèce.



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