Happy Autumn! The temperatures are dropping, and the leaves are turning. The change of season does bring a few concerns and changes for people with kitties to be aware of. A local Hudson Valley, NY vet goes over some of them below.
As it gets colder, Fluffy will appreciate having warm spots to snuggle up in. Put a soft bed in a sunbeam for her, and set some folded blankets on beds, armchairs, or ottomans. If your kitty is older, she may seem particularly stiff on chilly nights. Contact your vet if your feline pal seems sore, lethargy, or uncomfortable: these can be signs of arthritis or other medical issues.
Cats are pretty good at keeping themselves clean, but some of our feline buddies need a bit of assistance here. Longhaired kitties can be prone to getting tangles, and seniors often can’t bend or stretch well enough to really reach their whole bodies. Brushing Fluffy regularly will get dead fur and dander out of her coat. That will help keep her looking and feeling good, and also help maximize the insulating properties of her fur. Given that fall is a peak shedding time, you may want to offer your furry pal a hairball preventative. Ask your vet for recommendations.
We always recommend keeping cats indoors, where they are protected from dangers such as cars, weather, and wild animals. There are some seasonal hazards to be aware of as well. For instance, many late-blooming plants, such as chrysanthemums, are toxic to kitties. Antifreeze is another concern. It’s extremely poisonous to pets. Many people top off their cars at this time of year. While some companies are making pet-safe products, that isn’t a universal practice. Other potential hazards include lawn/garden products, and rodenticides.
Keep Fluffy in mind as you hang decorations. Anything small or sharp is unsafe for her, which of course only increases the likelihood of her trying to play with it. You’ll also need to be careful about things that are ropy or stringy, such as garlands, light strands, and fake cobwebs. Candles should be kept well out of paws’ reach as well.
Did you know that cats somehow manage to sleep even more than usual when it’s cold or dreary out? Those rainy autumn days can make great kitty cuddle weather!
Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local Hudson Valley, NY animal hospital, today!