The Vet Whetstone has some dark night safety advice for cat owners
October 21, 2021
Cat safety is on every vet’s mind as the nights start to get darker much earlier, including The Vet Whetstone’s head vet.
Now is the time when, unfortunately, there’s an increase in the number of cats brought into veterinary practices following road traffic accidents at night.
Dark night safety for cats starts at home. The team have put together a checklist of things you can do to help keep your cat stay safe this time of year, including:
- Clever ways to encourage your cat to stay indoors at night
- Making your cat more visible to drivers, and,
- Microchipping your cat as a priority
Nights in with you might not always seem the most appealing option, especially when there’s a rubbish bin to rumble or a mouse to hunt – sometimes a cat’s gotta do, what a cat’s gotta do.
One Thing You Must Do Now
Give your cat the best chance of being reunited with you quickly, should they have an accident or get lost at night, by getting them microchipped now or checking the details on their existing chip.
We recommend that every cat owner should make it a priority and keep their contact details up to date.
Too many pet owners forget to update the information on the microchip database when they move house or change their phone number, making it just as hard for Vets to contact them, as when there was no microchip at all.
Did you know October 10th is International Animal Road Safety Awareness Day? Every day in the UK, 630 cats will be hit by a car. Sadly, 25% will be fatal, but 75% have a chance of survival if they are brought into a vet practice straight away.
Not being able to locate the owner of a cat that has been found wandering or needs urgent medical attention, is something we absolutely dread.
Don’t delay, get your Cat Microchipped today.
Before you go, here’s a little reminder to download our handy Cat Safety Checklist.