You’ve probably noticed that the roads around Northampton are extremely busy these days – and unfortunately drivers aren’t always as careful as they could be.
This presents a risk to animals at all times of year, but particularly in winter, as the dark nights make visibility so much worse.
This unfortunately means we end up treating lots of cats after run-ins with cars, so we’re keen to help local cat owners reduce the risks for their much-loved pets. Please take a look at our advice, below – and don’t forget we’re here for support if you need us.
Help your cat avoid accidents
It’s never easy to make your cat behave differently, but here are a few simple measures that may work:
- Keep your cat indoors after dusk
Don’t allow your cat out of your home once it starts to get dark. However difficult this is, it’s especially worth considering in heavy traffic areas, or if your cat has a habit of wandering into the road.
- Get a high-visibility collar
Not everyone likes to use collars, but it’s a wise move at this time of year, as it could help a motorist spot your cat earlier and brake before an accident occurs.
- Get your cat microchipped
If someone finds a cat injured or lost, they’ll often take them to a vet – and a microchip helps to ensure you can be reunited as soon as possible. Our head vet Simon and head nurse Katie always scan lost cats to check for chips and it’s a great feeling when we can contact the worried owner.
If you’re concerned about roads near your home and would like more advice, talk to our team at Cat & Rabbit Care Clinic – we’re always here to help.
What to do if your cat is injured
Dealing with an accident can be very difficult, but it’s vital that you stay calm and:
- Call us on 01604 478888 as soon as you can and tell us if it’s an emergency
- If possible, bring your cat to us for emergency treatment. However, if you have no way to get to us, make sure you tell us when you call.
- Keep your cat warm and safe. A cat carrier with warm blankets is best.
- Be careful if you pick up your cat, as they’re likely to bite and scratch if in pain.