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Prevent your kitty from being swept away

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Human beings continually practice the art of survival from the time that they are small children in school. It is also good practice to devise the best methods of safety in the home when it comes to storms and fires. For some reason, many people forget to protect their other family members; those of the feline and canine variety.

Although animals have built-in sensors, if they are unable to get into safe territory, they, too, could be harmed or swept away by storms such as tornadoes. Since this is the season, it is time that we all review what can be done to keep our animals safe from earthly destruction.

It is always good to keep a safe passage available to a basement or a bathroom – even if you are not home. Teaching an animal to get to these locations is not difficult and they have the natural tendency to catch on practically after the first time you practice it. Many animals are afraid of storms and high winds, so their instinct is to get to a safe location.

Recently one kitty could have really benefitted from the availability of safer ground. Mady, A Clark county family cat, had been swept away in an E-F 3 tornado the middle of last month while she was nursing her young. All of the felines happened to be in the family’s barn at the time that the storm hit. (Barns can be trickier locations to find safety in!)

Unfortunately for the family, they believed that in addition to losing both their home and barns, that they lost their beloved feline, too. The mother cat immersed Sunday and the family could not have been happier!

It was also a joyful occasion for Storm Center 7’s Meteorologist, Rich Wirdzek, because he has been lucky enough to rescue one of Mady’s kittens who was discovered the morning after the terrible storm. Twister, appropriately named, was found cold, wet and mewing in the rubble left by the tornado. Wirdzek was able to take Twister home this past Friday.

Although no one will be the wiser about the adventure that Mady had over the past three weeks, the family will now most likely keep her close and ensure her that she will be loved and cared for. When storms are predicted, at least this family will realize how important it is to ensure the safety of their pet as well as themselves. Much can be learned from a fluke situation. This story just goes to prove that fact.

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