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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.

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