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Autumn Cat Care Tips

Fall is a very beautiful and special time of year: the crisp, cool breezes, changing leaves, and seasonal décor all have their own special charms. Our feline friends also often enjoy autumn. Cats can get into quite a bit of mischief at this time of year, however, so may want to take some extra steps to keep your furball safe and healthy. A London, ON veterinarian lists some great autumn cat care tips below.

Outdoor Dangers

We recommend that cats live indoors, where they aren’t exposed to the dangers posed by cars, weather, wild animals, and other hazards. Fall can be particularly dangerous for cats that go outdoors. Increased traffic around Halloween is one concern. Because many people apply lawn and garden products, like fertilizer, this time of year, chemicals are another hazard. Antifreeze also poses a serious risk to kitties: it’s extremely poisonous to cats, but has a taste many of them like. If you let Fluffy go outdoors, bring her in at night and when it’s cold out, and provide her with an emergency shelter. Ask your vet for more information.

Food

Kittens, senior cats, and furballs that go outdoors may need extra food in cold weather. If your cat suffers from a bone/joint problem, such as arthritis, she may also benefit from certain supplements. Fish oil, for instance, helps keep kitties’ bones and joints lubricated. Follow your vet’s recommendations.

Beds

It may not seem possible, but cats somehow manage to sleep even more than usual in cold weather. Make sure Fluffy has plenty of soft beds to snuggle up in for all those naps.

Parasite Control

Fleas are often particularly active as the weather cools. Be sure to keep up with Fluffy’s vaccines and parasite control products!

Litterbox

Make sure that Fluffy’s powder room is in a spot that is easy for her to reach. Avoid putting your pet’s litterbox in a cold or drafty spot: cats hate chilly bathrooms!

Shedding

Fall is a peak shedding time for kitties. Brushing your cat every day will help get the dead fur out of her coat before she can swallow it. This will reduce the amount of hairballs your cat produces, and will also cut down on the amount of pet hair you find stuck to your clothes and sofa.

Is your kitty overdue for veterinary care? Contact us, your London, ON pet clinic, today!

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