Cat Safety: Watch Out For Cat Hiding Places

It’s Friday once again but I am not so happy with this colder weather. Cats aren’t fond of cold weather either and can be quite creative in finding ways to stay warm, making cat safety tricky.

You may have heard stories about catscat safety crawling up into car engines to stay warm. Not a good idea! Once that engine roars, it could prove fatal for the cat. Take a moment to check under your hood before starting your car, especially in winter.

Besides hiding in car engines or wheel wells, there are several other potential hiding places for cats of which to be aware.  Consider these cat safety tips:

  • Cats are all about staying clean, and most would never hide out in a dishwasher. Some cats, do, however, so before firing up the dishwasher, please be sure to make sure your kitty is not hiding in there.
  • If you have a curious cat, do not leave the doors open on your washer and dryer and always check inside before starting a load.
  • A wooden stove is a tempting spot to take a snooze, so please do a thorough check before lighting the kindling and shutting the door.
  • Reclining chairs make for key hiding spots, so check under the seat before reclining and/or putting it back in its upright position.
  • Cats love boxes! Be sure to investigate all cardboard boxes before tossing them out.
  • Luggage or gym bags should be closed when not in use. You would hate to see your cat accidentally end up in Hawaii or something while you are stuck back at home in the snow this winter! (I just had a brilliant idea! Gotta run!  TGIF!)

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Written by Karen


Karen is Publisher of Fully Feline. She also owns a pet care business in Overland Park, KS called Joy of Living.