Winter is on the way! Whether you are looking forward to the beauty of fresh snow, or wince at the very mention of it, cold weather is not far off. As you get ready for winter, remember to keep your cat in mind. Fluffy may be wearing a fur coat, but she isn’t impervious to frigid weather. Below, a Webster, NY vet discusses winter care for cats.
Brushing Fluffy regularly will remove the dead fur from her coat, which will actually help keep her warmer. Choose a time when your furry little diva is relaxed and sleepy, and gently groom her.
Some cats aren’t as active in winter as they are in summer. Spend a few minutes each day playing with your pet. This will help keep Fluffy in good shape physically.
Some cats may need to eat a bit more in winter, as kitties may burn extra calories just keeping warm. If your furball is a senior, or has mobility issues, she may also benefit from certain supplements. Fish oil, for instance, can help lubricate your pet’s bones and joints, and may be helpful to kitties with arthritis. Ask your vet for more information.
We strongly recommend that cats stay indoors, as kitties are both safer and healthier living inside. If you do let your feline buddy go outside, bring her in at night and whenever storms or frigid weather is approaching. Also, make sure Fluffy has an emergency shelter. A plastic storage tote with a hole in one end will do just fine.
Believe it or not, cats manage to sleep even more when it’s cold or dreary out. Offer your drowsy pet lots of comfy beds to snuggle up in. You can buy Fluffy’s beds, but you can also simply fold up some soft blankets and put them into boxes or wicker baskets.
Don’t put Fluffy’s litterbox in a cold or drafty area. No one likes a frigid bathroom!
Candles and potpourri burners can be very dangerous for our feline friends. Keep these things in secure places, well away from Fluffy’s adorable paws. Also, be careful with fireplaces and space heaters. Use grating and gates to keep your furball from getting too close.
Please contact us, your Webster, NY animal clinic, for all your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!