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RSPCA warns cats can take off in high winds

PUBLISHED: 12:59 07 February 2014 | UPDATED: 15:53 07 February 2014

The RSPCA warns cats should be kept indoors in high winds.

The RSPCA warns cats should be kept indoors in high winds.

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Animal lovers are warning cat owners to keep their pets indoors this weekend - in case they get blown away by high winds.

The RSPCA said heavy rain and high winds could pose a threat to animals, urging pet owners to take extra care.

“There have been recent media reports of cats being lifted into the air by the strong gusts in some parts of the country,” it said today. “And others of dogs who have got swept away in flood water during walks.”

RSPCA companion animal scientist Alice Potter said: “Extreme weather like we’ve been seeing can spell trouble for animals as well as humans. We urge pet owners to keep an eye on the weather forecast in their area and plan ahead to make sure their animals are safe.

“It might be necessary to keep cats inside if the winds become very extreme. People should remember to make sure they have everything they need, especially places to hide (and a litter tray if they don’t usually have one).

“Dog owners should plan walks so that the extreme weather can be avoided, and dogs should be accompanied at all times. Two or three shorter walks may be a better option to avoid being out in the wet weather for a long period of time.”

The RSPCA says outdoor pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs indoors to a garage or shed. Rabbit owners should make sure their hutches are waterproof, draught-proof and placed in a sheltered position.

13 comments

  • I have been frightened of being ridiculed if I told anybody about the gust of wind that caught my cat and blew it into the trees. The trouble is that now it's dark I don't know which of the trees on the edge of the forest that she's in. I suppose that I'll have to wait until tomorrow morning when it's daylight to try and see which tree she's in. I was frightened of ringing the RSPCA in case they thought I was being facetious and getting laughed at. But at least after reading this I know they won't laugh at me.

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    Michael

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • I created some strong winds in my living room last night and my cat took off, then so did my missus.

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    NigelS

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • I believe a Norfolk Puma has just been spotted flying North over Trowse.

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    Thoreauwasright

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • They can also be made to fly by a well-placed boot.

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    beerlover

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • Great headline. Brought some friday cheer.

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    a fine city

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Come on TONY HALL.....you've really GOT to make a cartoon in the EDP out of this !!!!

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    Boadicea 1959

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Another option might be to weigh them down somehow.

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    GoodRockinDaddy

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • That explains what I found blocking my chimney.

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    backwoodsman

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Did they mean Cats or Kites? If they do mean cats, I hope they blow some of the nasty little bird killing critters from around our way and with a good south westly they should end up in the north sea, Hooray!

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    Bloater

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Just checked that it isn't April 1st ! Now go check on your chickens and rabbits..better still, keep them inside for a while. ;-)

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    Responsible parent

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Just wish my cats would sit still long enough so I could strap the wings on. ;-)

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    Responsible parent

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Mmmmm flying pussies

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    Fishmore

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • For anyone who fights a permanent battle to keep these unwanted pests away from the wild birds in their garden or has themselves when gardening, or worse still had their grandchildren when playing in their garden, discovered the foul smelling mess that cats regularly leave behind this can only be EXCELLENT NEWS!

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    wallywalnut

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

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