Autumn is officially upon us. As the stores overflow with pumpkin and maple flavored everything, many of our furry patients are noticing the crisp air, and perhaps getting the autumn zoomies. Of course, like any season, fall does have a few specific concerns and dangers for pet owners to be aware of. A Sandstone, MN vet lists some of them in this article.
Fluffy’s pretty coat is her main source of protection against cold weather. Most cats are pretty good about grooming themselves, but some need some help with their beauty routines. Longhaired kitties, for instance, can get matted, particularly under their ‘armpits’. Senior cats also have trouble cleaning themselves. Get into the habit of brushing your feline pal regularly.
One thing we all know about cats? They’re collectively very, very tired. Fluffy will spend the vast majority of autumn sleeping. Providing plenty of warm napping spots. These don’t have to be fancy: kitties love getting comfy on soft blankets folded up and put into boxes or wicker baskets, or even just placed on ottomans.
We always recommend keeping cats indoors, no matter what season it is. There are just too many potential threats out there, including wild animals, weather, stray cats, parasites, cars, and chemicals. Plus, many seasonal plants, such as chrysanthemums, are poisonous to our feline buddies. If you do let Fluffy out, limit her excursions to daytime.
The sun is going down sooner now. If your feline friend stays home alone while her humans are at work, leave a light on for her. Sitting alone in a dark, quiet house is no fun for people or pets! Your cute pet may also appreciate having a radio on.
Fleas, ticks, and other parasites aren’t as prevalent in fall, but that doesn’t mean they don’t pose a threat. In fact, many will be actively trying to get inside. Keep up with your kitty’s preventative care.
Do you enjoy decorating for the holidays? Keep your furry friend’s safety in mind. Any small or sharp objects are a potential hazard, as are any objects with ropes or cords, such as string lights, garlands, and fake cobwebs. Anything in plastic wrap is also a concern. Keep candles in high spots, and use grates before fireplaces.
Contact us, your Sandstone, MN animal clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!