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8 Winter Safety Tips for Pets (Slideshow)

1. Avoid Car Cat-astrophes

Cars are particularly attractive to animals in the winter-time, especially frigid cats that love to climb up under the hood and curl up on the warm motor. This, as you can imagine, has led to many mishaps when motorists start their car ouch! Avoid such accidents by tapping your car’s hood before starting the vehicle. Sure, you may wake Kitty from her deep slumber, but she’ll thank you in the long run.

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8 Tips for Caring for Your Pet This Winter originally appeared on petMD.com

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10:18AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

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2:55PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

great tips! thanks

5:30AM PST on Nov 16, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

9:15PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Good info.....keep all pets safe & warm.

7:11AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Thank you!!

6:43AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

some of these issues also have an impact on wildlife. don't forget them either.

6:17AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

interesting

3:35AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Thanks, what's funny he wants to be the first one outside when I smoke, but we don't get that cold in London.

3:03AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Thanks.

7:00PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

I have always kept my cats as indoor only, however I had a wonderful unexpected cat that showed up on my back porch one day, and despite may efforts to bring him inside, he would not accept it. So I enclosed my back porch, made a fuzzy warm bed for him, but this is how I am able to keep him warm and safe. I hang a heat lamp for him, and it is maybe 1-2 dollars extra on the power bill monthly, and well worth it. I hope this idea is helpful!

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