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Posted On: 1 December 2016 01:38 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:16 pm

Car cat-check: Keeping a lookout for our furry feline friends

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Winter is here, much to the excitement of Doha's residents. However, our feline friends also feel the chill of winter and tend to seek refuge and warmth inside cars.

Cats tend to hide either above the tires, or actually climb up into the front hood of the car (where the engine is), in order to keep warm during the winter season.

This is extremely dangerous for cats, particularly if you start the car while a cat may be hiding under the hood. It can severely injure, and potentially even kill the cat, as there are many mechanical parts under the hood, and engine area of the car, that are dangerous.

If you happen to accidentally start your car while a cat is still inside, turn off your car immediately and assist the cat as soon as possible. If it's injured, take it to a vet quickly to get treated. The Government Veterinary Clinic or Qatar Veterinary Center (QVC) usually helps out in the event of an accident like this.

ILQ wants to advise Doha residents to be cautious and wary, and to check under and around their cars before starting them. Tap the hood of your car, or make loud noises, to try to scare and draw the cat out. You could be saving a life.

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We all love our furry companions.

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