Keeping cats safer in winter
November 2, 2016
The roads around Christchurch, Poole, Bournemouth and Highcliffe are so busy these days – and unfortunately we end up treating lots of animals after accidents.
The risk of being knocked down increases as the nights get darker – as however smart they might be, cats aren’t expecting the changes. The evening rush hour shifts forward and it’s harder for motorists to spot animals in the road.
We’ve created an infographic to help you make winter safer for your cats, which you can save digitally or print it out as a reminder. But please also take a quick look at our tips below.
Reduce road risks for your cat
Anyone with a cat knows they don’t like to be ordered about, but there are a few measures you can take to help them:
- Get a high-visibility collar
Not everyone likes to use collars, but it’s a wise move at this time of year, as it could help a motorist spot your cat earlier and brake before an accident occurs.
- Keep your cat in after dusk
Don’t allow your cat out of your home once it starts to get dark. However difficult this is, it’s especially worth considering in heavy traffic areas, or if your cat has a habit of wandering into the road.
- Get your cat microchipped
If someone finds a cat injured or lost, they’ll often take them to a vet – and a microchip ensures you can be reunited as soon as possible. Our head vet Stefan and head nurse Lisa always scan cats to check for chips and it’s a great feeling when we can contact the worried owner.
If you’re concerned about roads near your home and would like more advice, talk to the team at Best Friends Vets – we’re always here to help.
What to do if your cat is injured
Dealing with an accident can be very difficult, but it’s vital that you stay calm and take the right actions:
- Call us on 01202 485880 as soon as you can.
- If possible, bring your cat to us for emergency treatment. However, if you have no way to get to us, make sure you tell us when you call.
- Keep your cat warm and safe. A cat carrier with warm blankets is best.
- Be careful if you pick up your cat, as they’re likely to bite and scratch if in pain.
If it’s an emergency, please state this when you call us on 01202 485880.