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  • We are getting a cat soon and will need to keep him in the garage during very cold weather. My question is this: will it be safe for him to be in there when my husband starts the car in the morning as long as the garage door is open, or will I need to remove him? He will be in a playpen. And if I do so, how long should I wait until I return him?

    I highly recommend that you do not keep your cat in the garage in very cold weather. Even though it is inside the temperatures in a garage can drop low enough to be dangerous to a pet. Keeping your cat inside the house during cold weather is best for your cat. They should never be kept in a garage while a car is running. This can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and other issues. The garage should be ventilated thoroughly prior to them entering the garage after a car has been running inside.

    The best thing that you can do for your cat’s health is to keep him inside your house. Full time indoor cats have less illnesses and injuries than outdoor cats and have significantly longer life spans. 


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