Five Pre-Winter Cat Care Tips

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As a responsible pet owner, it’s extremely vital to condition and prepare your animal friend before the season of extreme cold. Winter is coming, so you better brace yourselves. Given that you’ve already prepared your dog for the dangers that come with Halloween, cats should also be primed and prepared for the snowy deluge. Even if domestic felines are physically built to counter the cold, it would be of benefit to Mrs. Hairball if you do the following tasks before the first snowflake hits the ground:

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Keep them physically fit

Contrary to popular belief and practice, you do NOT make a cat or even a dog fat prior to winter. Although an extra layer will help them keep warm, spoiling them months before winter will pave the way for obesity. Why? The cold weather encourages inactivity and laziness (it’s always great to sleep in during winter weekends), and this affects cats as well. Keep them in peak physical condition in order for them to easily shed off in spring!

Pre-winter checkup

Before the first blizzard arrives, be sure to have your local veterinarian conduct a routine health exam on Admiral Pussington. This is in order to make sure that he does not have any underlying health problems that will make him vulnerable to the cold, and to counter the effects if he already has them. The best example is hip dysplasia and arthritis; the pain and stiffness they cause is further amplified during winter. If your cat is sick with these skeletal diseases, your vet may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs and joint health supplements.

Fireplace and heater safety

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If you’re observant, you already know that Mr. Bentley likes curling up and sleeping in warm areas, like the space under your bed, the couch and even in the inside of your clothes cabinet. Since cats are more likely to sleep near fireplaces and heaters, safety measures must be employed. For example, grills must be placed in the fireplace in order to prevent them from making contact, while heaters should be kept out of reach. Put their beds or their favorite rugs on safe distance where they will both be safe from burns and other complications.

Keep the poisons away

Since its winter, it’s time to let out the antifreeze and the rat poison again. These poisons are the top two reasons why pets are being poisoned during winter. Be sure to store them immediately under lock and key after each use. Antifreeze comes equipped with ethyl glycol, a sweet-smelling compound that both cats and dogs love to lick on. If your cat consumed an ample amount (a spoonful) of antifreeze, then liver and kidney failure is not a far-off possibility. It is a potentially life-threatening scenario, so contact your vet in case this happens (which we hope won’t).

Prepare clothes

It’s time to play dress up! Mr. Catniss may not like wearing a coat when going outdoors, but making him wear one, especially if he’s a short-haired cat, is a good safety precaution. This will allow them to keep warm and explore the snowy world in front of them without any problems. Remember though, if you already feel cold, Mr. Catniss feels the same way. Staying out for prolonged periods will open the path to hypothermia and other cold-related ailments.

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