Autumn is officially here! Beautiful foliage, crisp breezes, and pumpkin spice everything are on the agenda for the next few weeks. Your feline friend will also take note of the changing weather, and may adjust her routine a bit. Read on as a Bourne, MA vet discusses some autumn care for cats.
This can be a very dangerous time of year for kitties. Chemicals are one concern. Many people treat their lawns and gardens in fall. Fluffy could get sick just by walking through a recently-fertilized area and then licking her paws. Antifreeze is also an issue. It’s highly toxic to cats, but has a taste many of them love. Weather, wild animals, toxic plants, and traffic can also endanger your furry pal. Keep your pet safe and sound indoors!
Did you know that kitties sleep even more than usual on cold, dreary days? (We can’t really blame them: rainy autumn days do make perfect napping weather.) Offer your drowsy pet plenty of warm, comfy napping spots. This is also a good time to wash Fluffy’s bedding. Unless the tag advises otherwise, you’ll want to use hot water, unscented detergent, and the hottest dryer cycle you have.
Fluffy’s playful streak is one of her cutest attributes. Unfortunately, it can also get her into trouble. Many seasonal decorations, such as candles, potpourri burners, candy wrappers, and anything small or sharp, are dangerous to kitties. Keep these things out of paws’ reach! You’ll also want to keep anything with dangling ropes or threads in a spot your frisky feline can’t reach.
Your furry friend may shed more than usual as she starts putting on her winter outfit. Brushing your kitty every day will remove dead hair and dander from her coat. This will not only keep her comfortable, it will also help prevent hairballs. Plus, it’s a great way to make your beloved pet feel pampered!
Many older cats get very stiff and sore when it gets chilly out. Fluffy may benefit from specific treatments, such as supplements or medications. Massages and thermal kitty beds can also help keep your feline buddy comfortable. Ask your vet for more information.
Please contact us with any questions about your cat’s health or care. As your local Bourne, MA vet clinic, we are dedicated to keeping your cat happy, healthy, and purring.