Motorists have been warned of the risks of unintentionally killing a cat this winter after consultants mentioned pets may very well be sheltering beneath vehicles on chilly mornings.
Motoring consultants at LeaseCar.uk are warning automotive house owners to be vigilant earlier than heading off as cats could also be discovered sleeping underneath automobiles on winter mornings.
The consultants say drivers ought to examine round their vehicles within the morning as cats could also be sheltering from the frost beneath the automobile and even within the wheel arch above the tyres.
A sleeping cat may very well be severely injured and even killed if a automotive pulls away earlier than they’ve had an opportunity to flee.
Each yr hundreds of cats are killed and injured on UK roads and the consultants say lots of them might have been sheltering in opposition to the chilly underneath automobiles.
With winter approaching and Britain braced for months of brutal climate all automotive house owners are being requested to be looking out for pets earlier than they get behind the wheel.
It is just not solely cat proudly owning motorists who needs to be looking out in keeping with the consultants as pets don’t solely goal their proprietor’s vehicles for shelter.
With December temperatures usually within the vary of 0 – 4ºC now could be the time to examine earlier than a journey in case a neighbour’s cat has taken shelter beneath a automobile.
Cats love to cover underneath vehicles and vans as they really feel protected in opposition to chilly winds and biting frosts. They may achieve heat from the automobile’s engine if it has been lately operating.
Tim Alcock from LeaseCar.uk mentioned: “No driver desires to be liable for the loss of life of anyone’s beloved pet cat.
“But on these chilly mornings, it’s essential to remember that somebody’s furry good friend could also be peacefully slumbering underneath the automotive.
“We’re asking each driver to spend a few minutes checking for any pets that is likely to be lurking across the tyres or underneath the automotive.
“If you do discover a cat underneath the automotive give it a nudge or shoo it away earlier than turning the engine on and gently pulling away.
“It’s essential for all drivers to concentrate on this and never simply those that personal cats. After all, cats don’t simply goal their proprietor’s vehicles for a nap. Any automobile is truthful recreation to them.
“Accidentally harming a neighbour’s cat may severely harm relations with the neighbour themselves and will result in every kind of bitterness and different points.
“So it truly is price taking a couple of minutes every morning to ensure there aren’t any cats underneath the automotive. Unlike canine it isn’t a good suggestion to let sleeping cats lie.”