Autumn Care for Kitties

Can you believe that fall is already here? Autumn can be a dangerous time for cats, so if you have a kitty, you’ll want to take some steps to keep her safe and secure this fall. Here, a local Fayetteville, NC vet discusses autumn care for cats.

Weather

As it gets chilly out, your drowsy pet will seek out warm, cozy spots for her naps. Provide your furry buddy with lots of comfy beds to snuggle up in. (Tip: if you really want to activate the purr, get Fluffy a heated bed.) Also, make sure your kitty’s litterbox isn’t in a drafty spot. Cats hate chilly bathrooms!

Outdoor Hazards

Cats are always safer living indoors, but autumn is a particularly dangerous time for them. As the weather cools, wild animals will be preparing to hibernate, and may be more aggressive than usual. Chemicals are another concern. Many people fill their cars with antifreeze at this time of year. Antifreeze is extremely toxic to cats, but unfortunately has a taste many kitties like. Lawn/garden products are also dangerous: your feline friend could get sick just by walking through a spot that was recently treated, and then licking her paws. Last but not least, increased traffic around Halloween also poses a risk. Keep Fluffy safe and sound indoors!

Veterinary Care

Make sure that your feline buddy is up to date with her vaccinations and parasite control products. If Fluffy hasn’t had an exam in a while, we recommend getting this done as well. Older cats often get stiff and sore in cold weather, so if your pet is a senior, she may benefit from supplements, medication, and/or pain management treatments. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Shedding

Fall is a peak shedding time for cats. Brushing Fluffy regularly will help cut down on the amount of fur you find stuck to your clothes and furniture. You may also want to consider using washable slipcovers. If your kitty has a thick or long coat, ask your vet for advice on using hairball remedies.

Candles/Heaters

Candles can make your home look and smell nice, but they don’t mix well with cats. Keep candles in high, secure spots your feline pal can’t reach. Be careful with space heaters as well!

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Fayetteville, NC pet hospital, today!