Road safety for cats1st December 2016
The roads around Bollington are so busy these days and unfortunately many cats are seriously injured or killed every year. In winter the morning and evening rush hours are in the dark, which makes it more difficult for motorists to see them, so at this time of year our feline friends are probably most vulnerable.
What can you do to minimise the risks?
If you own and live with a cat knows you’ll appreciate they really dislike being told what to do but there are a few things you can take to help them – even if they don’t appear to appreciate it.
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.
Feed your cat after sunrise and before sunset
Cats are certainly creatures of habit, and if they get used to being fed at set times of the day, then there will always be times when you know they are about. By feeding after sunrise, you’ll stop your cat wandering away during the busy times on the road.
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.
Make sure your cat is neutered
By ensuring your cat has been spayed or castrated, you’ll reduce the urge for your cat to explore and seek new company, thereby keeping them off the roads.
Make their home a happy home
Cats don’t like stressful environments, so you must make sure that your and their home is a happy relaxing place to be. Your cat wont want to come home to lots of noise, barking dogs and teasing children. Give them a quiet peaceful room to settle, with comfortable hiding and sleeping places.
Clean litter trays
Providing your cat a clean, smell free litter tray, you’ll encourage them to use it rather than going outside near the roads.
A microchip is a must
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. At Bollington Veterinary Centre we will always scan stray or injured cats to check for microchips.
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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 01625 573375 as soon as you can.
- Keep your cat warm and safe. A cat carrier with warm blankets is best.
- Be careful if you pick up your cat. Even if they love you, they’re likely to bite and scratch if in pain.