Curiosity not always in cat’s best interest

Roberta Walden

aask “meow?” It can lead to a pleasant conversation between the cat and the human.

Unfortunately, sometimes “meow?” It comes from under the hood of a car when a human is driving on the road.

Fortunately for some cats looking for warmth, comfort and “safety” in the engine compartment, things can go well.

Sometimes the cat finds someone, like July Kibble, who may hear a “meow,” stop the car, and put a food can in a tire well. Then, if a cat is really lucky, the human will wait for the cat to come out to feed.

The cat may then have a nice car ride to a nice place, such as a cat-friendly home.

Sometimes a cat might get a ride home under the hood of a car with someone like Dick Whipple, chair of the Ovaldi Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, and end up being someone’s cat forever.

Sometimes a cat isn’t very lucky, and he wondered, “Muse?” The driver does not hear it.

But, even when the cat’s questions are heard, trouble can wait.

Cats don’t want to get out of the “safe” environment they’ve found. Luring the cat may not work because the cat knows it is “safe” in place, and it is not certain that the stranger will attempt to push it out of its safe place.

Desperate humans with schedules might try to blow a horn or knock on the hood.

But this can make the poor cat feel even more desperate and determined to hold onto the safety and warmth of her place under the blanket.

For those who find themselves in the uncomfortable predicament of a kitten under the hood, Google sources suggest, among other things, creating a safe microclimate on the floor under the car with a crate and food.

This assumes that the cat belongs to the person with the box and that there is plenty of time to do so.

There is also a suggestion that you should create a better situation for any stray cats in your area. Create safe shelters for cats and they will not be more likely to crawl into the car when the temperatures drop.

One suggestion is to spray “the cat away” under the car.

With some advance planning, these suggestions might work, but what can be done when a cat has already drifted into its lair under the hood?

This is the time of the year when this problem starts to appear. Any advice?

If you find something that works for you to safely remove a cat from its “safe place” under the hood, please share it with me here at rwalden@ulnnow.com

Roberta Walden is a writer for Uvalde Leader-News, constantly looking for the good in all situations and in all people. She believes that words can be powerful: they can start and end wars, and she tries to be very careful with her words.

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