new optionGabby told you all about dogs and cold weather. Now it’s my turn to tell you about cold weather and cats. My name is Blaze. Although this is not one of my most flattering photos, it’s a good one to share. My owners put a hat on me for the car ride to go see the vet. They were trying to keep me warm and protected from the cold. Sweaters and coats are most often seen on dogs but I have known a few fellow felines to wear them as well. If you plan to put coats and sweaters on your pets, have plenty on hand so a dry one can be used each time they go outside.

Although I am an indoor cat with lots of warm places to sleep, outdoor and feral cats seek out warm places when it’s cold. A warm car engine is very popular for those outdoor cats. While it is warm and very inviting, it’s deadly. Check underneath your car, bang on the hood or honk the horn before starting the engine to alert those feline hitchhikers who might be sleeping under the hood. Like people, cats don’t have a tolerance for cold weather either.

Whether we’re indoor or outdoor pets, many of us may become lost in the winter because of the snow and ice. It can hide recognizable scents that might normally help your pet find their way back home. Make sure your pet has a well-fitting collar with up-to-date identification and contact information. A microchip is a more permanent means of identification, but it is critical that you keep the registration up to date.