Look Out for Cats Before Starting Your Car

There are many things that are not fun about being a diabetic cat, but there is one thing that I am grateful for.  My human has always kept me inside, and does not let me outside to roam.  That means I do not have to worry about getting exposed to the elements like many of my fellow felines do.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Wants You to Be Watch Out for ThisAnd when we felines get exposed to the elements, one of the places we like to go is under the hood of a car.  Think about it.  A car engine remains warm for a while after the engine is turned off, and the hood protects us from the wind, rain, snow, and other elements that make it difficult for us to get comfortable.  So for many of my fellow felines who do not have homes and have to survive outside, a car engine is a very attractive place to stay.

Sadly, what appears to be a great place to settle down for the night can be a very deadly place.  Many of my fellow felines lose their lives or are severely injured when a human starts the engine of a car without knowing a feline is inside the engine.  Costly repairs to the car may also be necessary if this occurs.Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Wants You to Do This

This is why it is best to keep your car in a garage where felines and other animals cannot get into the engine.  My human tells me, though, that many humans do not have garages and even then, we felines can find our way into them.

In order to be sure you do not accidentally harm a feline or other small animal, humans can take a few simple steps:

  • Honk your horn
  • Thump on the hood
  • Wait ten seconds before starting the car to allow animals to escape

When I think about what my fellow felines who live outside must deal with, I think it’s not so bad to be a diabetic cat with a human that cares for me.  Please do what you can to keep these outdoor felines safe.

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5 Replies to “Look Out for Cats Before Starting Your Car”

  1. We usually wait a while after climbing into the car and then also hunk the horn. We have our own boys to think about also, and of course because of them there are no other cats around the car, since that´s their car (cars) =). But I shared this and also will think about what you just told us, when we are other places than here at home! Thank you dear Bagheera, it´s so good to get these reminders now and then!

    1. It does not take very much time, and it is almost certain that when you do this, nothing will happen. But if you save one feline by doing this, it will be worth it.

      1. So true. We always tell our visitors to hunk the horn before they go so our babies are not there. Our babies like to smell the cars in case there´s been any other kittie around the car!

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