Every winter, stray cats survive the chill by curling up in warm places.
To them, cars may seem like the perfect temporary shelter — the engine is warm, and it provides shelter from the biting winds — until the car starts moving.
Drivers need to be careful about these stray cats.
Please knock on the hood of your car before starting your car, as these organizations warn
It’s getting cold these days; cats like to go into engine rooms of cars where it’s warm.
If you start the car with a cat inside, the cat might panic and get caught in the belt of the engine. If you live in a place where there are a lot of stray cats, you should bang the hood to check if there are cats inside.
You can save a life with just a little consideration before you get into your car.
Before getting in, please bang the hood and check your engine room or under the hood in case there is a cat inside.
Some Twitter users reminded each other of this, and posted jarring close calls and accidents that happened.
After I left my car for 2 or 3 minutes, I found a cat on my front tire.
Good thing I noticed before I started!
A car that just finished driving is the perfect warm place for cats. Be careful, drivers.
Luckily, this user noticed before driving off.
I find him a lot these days on my hood.
You should really be careful about this.
My father’s colleague started his car, and apparently a cat was inside the hood — he heard the cat make a sound that I can’t describe here.
I had a cat that was in my car’s engine room. It’s traumatic…
I sometimes find a cat sleeping under the car.
Please, please check your car for stowaways before driving, especially if you’re making a short stop and the car is still warm when you start the engine.