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Think and Thump to protect cats this winter

January 10, 2021

When it’s cold outside, cats will try to find warmer places to seek shelter. This could include vehicles, particularly those that are recently parked and still warm. A cat or raccoon could easily find a decent amount of space in your bumper. It’s important to do quick check before starting your car, here’s how:

How to Think and Thump

  1. Tap or lightly thump the hood of your car, allowing time for a four-legged friend to make their escape.
  2. Wait a few moments after to listen for any noises of escape before entering and starting your car.
  3. You’ve now ensured you don’t have a stowaway in your vehicle!
  4. Add a Think and Thump decal to your car to remind others to do the same!

Fievel’s Story

Poor Fievel was found under the hood of a car trapped inside a vehicle engine after a long drive. The owners of the car were shocked to find her but thankfully, Fievel did not suffer any injuries from her harrowing ordeal.

She was brought to the West Vancouver SPCA and without any identification, it was impossible to find out if she had a previous guardian. It wasn’t long before this cute cat was adopted and is now enjoying the warmth and safety of her new indoor home.


Outdoor Animals during Winter

  • While the BC SPCA is opposed to keeping animals permanently outdoors, it does acknowledge some guardians still house their dogs in this manner.
  • In such cases, the animal must have shelter protecting them from cold, windy, and damp conditions; the protection must be appropriate to their weight and coat. The shelter provided should also be elevated, insulated, and regularly cleaned.
  • You should also ensure your four-legged friend has enough clean, potable drinking water that has not frozen over.
  • If you happen to have stray and community cats living nearby, there are also a number of ways to keep them safe this winter.

More Winter Resources

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