Spring is just around the corner. As the weather starts to warm up, you may notice your feline pal becoming more frisky and playful. It can be both adorable and entertaining when cats get spring fever! However, this time of year can be dangerous to Fluffy. A Rochester, NY vet lists some key things that can endanger your kitty below.
Fleas & Ticks
As the temperatures start to rise, so will the populations of insects and parasites. Flea and tick infestations are both uncomfortable and dangerous for Fluffy. They won’t be any fun for you, either! Keep up with your kitty’s vaccinations and parasite control products.
Just like people, kitties can suffer from allergies. As trees and plants come into bloom, pollen counts will rise … and many people and pets will have to deal with hay-fever misery. Keep Fluffy indoors! You can also keep your home free of dust, mold, pollen, and mildew by dusting and vacuuming regularly and getting a good air purifier.
Caterpillars may look rather cute, but some have tiny hairs that can actually sting your pet. These hairs can also cause serious problems if Fluffy gets them in her eyes, ears, or tongue. The browntail moth caterpillar is one of the more dangerous ones we see locally.
As people start working on their spring planting, many will use products like fertilizer and pesticides on their gardens. These substances are highly toxic to Fluffy, and can make her very sick. Your feline buddy could ingest these chemicals just by walking through a recently-treated patch, and then licking her paws or fur!
Chemicals aren’t the only garden-related issue. Many popular flowers and plants are poisonous to Fluffy. Some of the more dangerous ones include tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, lilies, ivy, philodendron, aloe, amaryllis, and oleanders. Check the ASPCA site here for more information on unsafe plants.
As your furry little buddy changes out her winter wardrobe for her ‘summer’ outfit, she may ingest quite a bit of fur while grooming herself. This will lead to hairballs, which are no fun for you or Fluffy. Plus, they can be dangerous. Sometimes cats can’t expel their hairballs, which can cause intestinal blockages. Brush your kitty daily, and ask your vet about hairball preventatives.
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