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Autumn Cat Care Tips

October 1, 2019

Summer is finally over! Every season has its own benefits and hazards for our furry pals, and autumn is no exception. In this article, a local Thorold, ON vet offers some tips on keeping your feline buddy happy, healthy, and purring in fall.

Weather

Temperature can drop suddenly at this time of year. Make sure Fluffy has lot of warm, comfy spots to snuggle up in. Your kitty may also appreciate a thermal blanket or a heated pet bed. If you let your cat go outdoors, make sure she has an emergency shelter.

Chemicals

People often treat their lawns and gardens at this time of year. Pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers, and insecticides are all highly toxic to cats. Fluffy could get sick just by walking through—or rolling around in—a recently-treated area, as any residue she gets on her fur will be ingested when she cleans herself. Antifreeze is another concern. It’s extremely poisonous to cats, but unfortunately has a taste many of them love. Clean up any spills immediately, and cover damp spots with sand or cat litter.

Halloween

Halloween can be a dangerous time for Fluffy! Not only is there an increase in traffic, but, sadly, cats are also at risk from people. Keep your feline friend indoors for about a week or so around the holiday. This goes double for black cats!

Fur

As the weather cools, many kitties will start growing thicker coats. Brushing your furball daily will help cut down on the amount of fur you find stuck to, well, everything. This will also help prevent hairballs.

Senior Cats

Older cats can get quite stiff and sore in fall. If Fluffy has arthritis or another bone/joint disorder, ask your vet about treatment options. Massages and supplements may also help.

Flames/Heating Devices

Scented candle and fireplaces may make your home look super cozy. However, flames and cats are a dangerous combination. Keep candles and potpourri burners in high, secure spots that Fluffy can’t reach. If you use a fireplace, put a secure grate in front of it.

Cuddles

Those dreary autumn afternoons are purrfect for snuggling up with a cat, a good book or movie, and some comfort food. Spend some quality time with Fluffy this autumn!

Please feel free to contact us, your local Thorold, ON vet clinic, anytime. We are dedicated to keeping your feline friend happy, healthy, and purring!

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