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Mr Kippers Here. I’m afraid I’m going to have to interrupt your Christmas season to bring you this VERY important message.

TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT!!!

It will be in the 20’s tonight in the SOUTH, with a WICKED windchill in the teens!  If you are one of my readers in some other part of the country, it is probably going to be worse. But here in the South we are not accustomed to these temperatures.

I cannot imagine how many dogs and cats are still out there- all over the country. Winter is HERE and it is more brutal than usual. Some animals will freeze to death and some will just wish they were dead.

PLEASE if you have a crate, a shed to leave open, a box you can cut a hole into for a door, please, please PLEASE do it. Do it now! Please! You may not like feral cats and dogs, but no living being deserves to freeze to death or suffer in such a horrible way.

Our dad is putting a crate out as we type Filled with old towels . Atta boy Dad. Good job!

Yes, it’s cold, but you don’t really want to get into your warm bed tonight knowing that you could have made a difference with a box or crate and some crummy old towels- though monogrammed are nice too…

SERIOUSLY, they are the voiceless, who need our help. I made a pledge to be the voice of the voiceless, so followers….I AM MR KIPPERS…HEAR ME ROAR!!!

Love, licks, meows and grateful thanks!
Mr Kippers, Felix Peach, Miss Sophie Peach and Master Kirby

 

PLEASE CONSIDER the following cold weather safety tips for pets:

Do not leave pets unattended when the temperature drops below freezing (32 degrees F)
Low temperatures, winds and precipitation can lead to illness, hypothermia and death.
Signs of hypothermia include: weak pulse, dilated pupils, decreased heart rate, extreme shivering, pale or blue mucus membranes, stupor and unconsciousness. If you believe your pet is suffering from hypothermia, call your veterinarian immediately.

The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.
Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach.

Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine. My mom knows someone that happened too and it’s beyond horrific!

Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen.
THIS INCLUDES HORSE TROUGHS WITHOUT HEATERS!
And it can refreeze quickly.

Use plastic bowls rather than metal; when the temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal.

If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type (small or short-haired), take them outdoors only long enough to relieve themselves. Puppies do not tolerate cold as well as adult dogs.

Feral and outdoor cats need to stay warm as well! Because blankets, towels and pillows can get wet and freeze, straw is the best insulation against the cold and weather. If you can leave a shed or a crate out for feral cats it would help. In those you can use towels.