Fall is upon us! At this time of year, many wild animals are sniffing around for places to hunker down for the winter. Your feline friend may already have her napping spots mapped out, but she could still use a little seasonal care. Read on as a local Westminster, MD vet discusses autumn care for cats.
Fluffy may leave more fur around than normal as she is changing into her winter outfit. Brushing your feline buddy regularly will help remove dust, fur, and dander from her coat. (Bonus: this will also reduce the amount of pet hair you find stuck to your clothes and furniture.)
Weather changes; toxic chemicals, like antifreeze and fertilizer; wild animals; and shorter days all make the Great Outdoors particularly treacherous for kitties in fall. Keep your furry little buddy safe and sound inside! This is especially important around Halloween, when increased traffic and mischief makers add to the list of dangers.
Did you know that cats somehow manage to sleep even more than usual when it’s dreary out? Fluffy can spend up to 20 hours a day snoozing. Make sure that your kitty has plenty of comfy beds. These don’t have to be fancy. Your furball will be purrfectly content to curl up on a soft blanket folded up on a chair or ottoman. Your sleepy pet may also appreciate a thermal blanket.
Cats with arthritis or other health issues often get very stiff and sore in cold weather. Supplements can help with this. Fish oil, for instance, can help lubricate stiff bones and joints in arthritic kitties. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
As the weather cools, many critters, like fleas, ticks, and rodents, will try to get in. Make sure Fluffy is current on her vaccines and parasite control products!
Many seasonal decorations are dangerous to your feline pal. Fluffy could get entangled in ribbons or garlands. She may also try to play with plastic wrappers, or small or sharp objects. Candles and heaters are also a concern. Keep these things well out of paws’ reach!
Autumn’s rainy days are perfect for curling up with your kitty, a hot beverage, and a good book or movie. Cats make purrfect napping buddies!
Please contact us, your Westminster, MD vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!