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Caring for Your Cat in Fall

Autumn is officially here! As the weather cools and the leaves start to change, many of us are enjoying the change of seasons. Our feline friends often like the cooler weather as well. Fluffy may need some extra TLC at this time of year, however. Read on as a Georgian Bay, ON vet discusses autumn care for cats.

Beds

You’ve probably noticed that cats are expert nappers. Fluffy will somehow manage to sleep even more than usual when it’s cold or dreary outside. Offer your drowsy kitty plenty of soft beds to curl up in.

Shedding

As Fluffy exchanges her summer coat for her winter fur, she may shed more than usual. We recommend brushing cats daily. This will help trap that hair in a brush, so it doesn’t get stuck to your belongings. It will also reduce the amount of hairballs your kitty produces, which, needless to say, is a bonus for both of you.

Outdoor Hazards

Cars, weather, and wild animals are always dangerous to kitties that go outdoors, but these things can pose even more of a threat in autumn. Toxins are also a concern, as many people apply lawn/garden products in fall. Herbicides, fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals can make Fluffy very sick! Antifreeze is another seasonal hazard. It’s very poisonous to cats, and is particularly dangerous to our feline friends because many of them like the taste of it. Poisonous mushrooms and late-blooming flowers can also endanger your kitty. We recommend keeping your furball safe and sound indoors!

Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is very important! Staying up to date with your furball’s exams, vaccinations, and parasite control will help keep her happy and purring.

Older Kitties

Senior kitties often get stuff and sore in cold weather. If your furball is in her golden years, she may benefit from pain management treatment or certain supplements. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Decorations

Autumn’s seasonal decorations are very pretty, but they can be hazardous to kitties. Items with wires, dangling threads, or small pieces can choke or entangle your feline pal. Candles are also a concern: pets and flames are a very dangerous mix! Keep your decorative items well away from those cute paws.

Do you have any questions about your pet’s health or care? We are here to help! Contact us, your local Georgian Bay, ON animal clinic, anytime!

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