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Protect cats like Fievel this winter and Think and Thump

Think of Fievel and think and thump.
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January 11, 2020 - 6:00 PM

When it’s cold outside, cats like Fievel 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.

This is exactly what happened to poor Fievel.

She 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.
 
Remember to Think and Thump— knock on the hood of your car to make sure no animals are hiding underneath before starting your journey.

How to Think and Thump

Tap or lightly thump the hood of your car, allowing time for a four-legged friend to make their escape.

Wait a few moments after to listen for any noises of escape before entering and starting your car.

You’ve now ensured you don’t have a stowaway in your vehicle.

Sign the pledge to Think and Thump this winter and receive a free decal from the BC SPCA to raise awareness about the issue with friends, family and other drivers on the road.

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.


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