Fall is a gorgeous time of year here in the northeast. People with dogs often really enjoy taking their canine pals on long walks, and taking in the beautiful foliage, while people owned by cats often get extra snuggles as the weather cools. Of course, every season comes with its own set of concerns for pet owners. Autumn is no exception. Here, a Hudson Valley, NY vet offers some advice on keeping your kitty happy, healthy, and safe this autumn.
Cats are collectively very, very sleepy. Fluffy will spend a chunk of the autumn holiday snoozing. Provide comfy beds, and take some down time to snuggle up with your little buddy.
Many late blooming plants and flowers are toxic to cats. That includes things like chrysanthemums and poison sumac, as well as mushrooms, though they’re technically a fungus. At this time of year, many people also fill their cars with antifreeze, which has a taste many pets find appealing. Although some companies are now making pet-friendly versions, that isn’t universal. Lawn and garden chemicals are also an issue in fall, as many people apply fertilizers and fungicides.
Fluffy is quite playful, and she often can’t resist batting at objects with strings or ropes. This can be very dangerous: if your pet was to ingest these types of items, she could end up with life-threatening internal injuries. Keep anything with ropes, strings, garlands, and cords away from your furry pal. You also want to make sure your feline friend can’t get to any flames; use thick candle holders, and put grates before fireplaces.
If you have a void kitty, you’ll need to take a few extra precautions. Black cats are at extra risk from pranksters at this time of year, due to the old superstitions that linked Fluffy to witches and witchcraft. Keep your furry friend indoors! If you do let your pet out, bring her in before dark.
While fleas, ticks, and heartworms aren’t as prevalent in the cold as they are in summer, they are a year-round threat. Keep up with Fluffy’s wellness and preventive care! Older kitties may often need some extra attention, as they can get stiff and sore when it’s cold. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Do you have questions about caring for your feline pal? Contact us, your local Hudson Valley, NY animal clinic, today!