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.
And 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.
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.