Autumn is well under way, and winter isn’t far behind. Your feline buddy will definitely notice the drop in temperature. She may also benefit from some extra TLC at this time of year. Read on as a local Pasadena, MD vet lists some cold weather cat care tips.
Fluffy may sleep through a large chunk of winter. Make sure that she has plenty of cozy beds and napping spots to choose from!
Older cats will benefit from having some extra TLC when it gets cold. Fluffy may appreciate a heated or thermal bed. You may also want to put her regular beds in warm spots, such as near heating vents or in sunbeams. Grooming your furry pal regularly will also help her stay warm and comfy. If you know or suspect that your kitty has arthritis, ask your vet about treatment options that will reduce your furry friend’s pain and help her feel better.
Daily play sessions will help keep your furball active and prevent muscle atrophy. Plus, this will be fun for both you and your kitty! Take a few minutes a day to hold a wand toy or laser pointer for Fluffy.
Keep your furball in mind as you decorate for the holidays. Put things like candles, wax burners, and potpourri jars well out of paws’ reach. Small or sharp objects are also a hazard, as is anything with wires or cords. Plastic wrappers are also a concern: many kitties just can’t resist the taste or texture of plastic. Around the holidays, you’ll also need to be careful with treats. Make sure to only give Fluffy things you know are safe!
We can’t overstate how much safer cats are indoors. This goes double in winter, when snow, ice, and frigid temperatures pose additional threats to the hazards posed by cars, wild animals, parasites, and chemicals. If you do let Fluffy out, bring her in at night and when bad weather is coming. It’s also a good idea to set out an emergency shelter. This doesn’t have to be fancy. A simple storage tote with a kitty hole cut in one side and some newspapers added for warmth will work.
Does your kitty need to visit her doctor? Contact us, your Pasadena, MD animal clinic, today!