Now that the weather’s getting colder, be careful when you start your car! Kitties love the warmth of the engine and may have taken cover there. One kitten made the news not far from our home a couple of days ago — in fact, the car was owned by a TV news employee:
You’ve probably heard other news items about this happening to cats. Why? Because when a cat survives, it’s newsworthy. You don’t hear about all the times the cat doesn’t survive. So I repeat: be careful when starting your car, especially if there are a lot of outdoor kitties in your neighborhood.
This is such great advice. I’m sure glad we keep our cars in the garage. I couldn’t live with myself if that happened. SOOO glad this kitty was rescued. Keep up the great work Sparkle!!!
Thank you, Sparkle! Upsetting, but a necessary reminder. I remember my dad going out in the winter, if the car hadn’t been run too long before, and giving a thump on the hood “in case there are critters getting warm.” (Would new cars stand up to that? I guess so…) Fall resolution to make that my practice, too!
Spitty the Kitty says
Gulp! Oh that was so so so scary. Sometimes I wish I could go bask on the sidewalk, but then I hear things like this and I think it’s not so bad to be an inside kitteh!
Ayla and Iza says
Our car is in the garage, an TBT always makes sure ta know where we are before he takes it out. We dont know what he does when he is bringing it back, though. We’ll ask him ta pound on the front of it…
The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie says
That’s so scary. Mom and Dad park in the garage (amazing ’cause there’s so much stuff in there) but Mom worries anyway. She’s always afraid one of us will sneak out in the garage.
The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie
Cat's Cats says
Great post Sparkle, I shudder to think of the consequences! Because I park outside, I always knock on the hood of my car as I’m getting in, this would hopefully waken any snoozing kitties.
Eric and Flynn says
That is an important reminder. We have told mum and dad to keep a good lookout.
That is very important. The Woman would be heartbroken if that happened in her car. But it is in the garage!
This happened to a Red Cross volunteer in Springfield, Missouri a few months ago – found a mama cat & kitties in his jeep. Glad to say they all survived – though mama cat apparently was pretty mad at volunteer 🙂
Oh! I like to sleep below the car for the opposite thing: Because the weather is too hot! Also the kids try to ruin my rest, so I have to leave the garage, always!
Katnip Lounge says
Thanks for the reminder, Sparkle. I’m feeding a couple ferals (need to trap them yet for TNR) and I’ll put the car window down when I start up in the morning. Good post!
(yes, we CAN learn!)
The male person always checks because there are a lot of cats roaming around
That is a very good reminder Sparkle and we’re glad that kitten had a happy ending. Our mommy worries every time she sees a kitty getting under a vehicle, going anywhere close to a vehicle, any where near a road, actually, she worries when any kitty is outside! She’s a worry wart but she just loves kitties so much we can’t blame her.
Excellent reminder, everyone needs to pay attention!
Raymond and Busby says
Good PSA, Sparkle! We will tell our humans to be observant when they start the car.
The Island Cats says
That’s a very good message, Sparkle!! We tell humans to bang on the hood of the car in the winter time so any kitties that might be hiding will run out!
Thank heavens that the women found the kitty. What a cute kitty too. That really is a good message Sparkle. The other message is to always close your dryer door. Take care and a fun and sun puddle day.
Angie, Catladyland/Katt Food says
Everyone wants to be warm in the winter time, don’t they? This is a great reminder, Sparkle.
Hannah and Lucy says
Thanks for reminding us.
Yikes! We have trouble watching videos but we can only imagine!!!
A really good message Miss Sparkle, we’ll remember it.