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Tammy: The Paws Report, Feb. 10

Today at 3:30 on The Paws Report:

Meet Tammy, an adorable, seven-month-old kitten who came to the Kentucky Humane Society when her owners were no longer able to care for her. Now she’s ready for a family that will love her for the rest of her days! Tammy is a tiny kitten, weighing only five pounds, with a beautiful orange and white coat. Her favorite thing in the world is when her staff and volunteer friends come to play with her and give her a good scratch under the chin. This loveable girl knows no stranger and really just wants someone to love and play with, could that person be you? If so, come meet her today! Tammy is spayed, micro-chipped and up-to-date on all vaccinations. Come visit Tammy today at the Kentucky Humane Society's Main Campus, 241 Steedly Drive in Louisville. Learn about all our adoptable pets at www.kyhumane.org or call 502-366-3355.

Also, in honor of Valentine's Day, February 1-15, 2016, KHS will be offering some of their “lonely hearts” for a reduced adoption fee! All cats one year and older apply on this promotion along with select dogs who have been waiting a while for their forever homes.

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Winter is here, and we need to pay close attention to the weather and to our pets. Here are some tips to
help ensure your pet’s safety this winter season:

Don’t leave pets outside. If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them. It doesn’t take long for a pet to
get frostbite in subfreezing temperatures.

When the weather is cold, limit your pet’s time outdoors and find ways to keep him or her active with indoor fun.
When pets go outside, watch for spilt antifreeze. This liquid is poisonous but tastes sweet, so pets are
likely to give it a taste.

Also, watch out for salt and chemical melting products. Wipe down your pet’s feet carefully when you return inside to ensure no chemicals cling to his or her fur and get ingested.

While outside, don’t let your dog off leash. The snow and cold can mask scents, making it difficult for
your dog to find his way home.

Puppies can have more difficulty with house training in the cold. If they have not gotten into the habit of
pottying outside, it may be quicker and easier on them – and you – if you paper train them now and ease them into outside pottying when the weather warms.

If you are a caregiver for community unowned cats, make sure they have access to a warm shelter. There are directions on Alley Cat Advocates’ website, that explain how to use a Rubbermaid container to create a warm, wind-proof nest for them to use during the cold season. Outdoor cats need more calories to keep warm in winter, so increase their food, and be sure they have access to clean, unfrozen water.

While on the subject of community cats, tap on your hood or honk your horn before starting your engine on cold days. Outdoor cats sometimes find the engine block of a car warm and will curl up to sleep in your car. Give them warning before you start your engine.

By keeping your pets indoors as much as possible and by providing proper care for community cats, you can help keep animals safe during the winter.

Laura is the afternoon host from 3-6 pm weekdays. Email Laura at lshine@lpm.org