Summer is winding down, and the cool weather is on the way. As you pull your winter things out of storage, don’t forget about your feline pal! Here, a local Portland, OR vet discusses autumn cat care.
Did you know that cats sleep even more when the weather is dreary? As the weather cools, your furball will spend even more time napping. Make sure Fluffy has lots of comfy beds. This is a great time to wash all of her bedding!
We always recommend keeping kitties indoors. Fluffy may think of herself as a fierce lioness, but in truth, she’s vulnerable to many different hazards, such as traffic, weather, and predators. This time of year can be purrticularly dangerous for cats. For one thing, the weather can take a sudden turn for the worse. Wild animals are another concern. Many critters get rather cranky as they’re looking for places to hibernate, and are more aggressive than usual. Chemicals from lawn/garden products are also a hazard. There is also increased danger from traffic, especially around Halloween. If you do let your furry pal wander, make her an emergency shelter, such as a storage tote with a door in the side.
If your cat hasn’t visited her vet for a while, this is a good time to take her. Fleas and ticks will try to get indoors as the weather cools, so make sure your kitty is current on her parasite control. If your feline buddy is a senior and/or is afflicted with chronic bone/joint issues, she may get quite stiff and sore as the weather changes. There are now many options for helping manage pets’ pain. Supplements may also help. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Fall brings some specific hazards for kitties. Candles, decorations, seasonal candies, and toxic plants are a few concerns. Keep your feline friend’s safety in mind, and store anything that could be dangerous out of paws’ reach.
You’ve probably noticed that cats like to snooze in the sun. As the weather cools, Fluffy may want to soak up as much sunshine as possible. Put a comfy bed in a spot with good sunbeam coverage. Instant happy cat!
Please contact us, your Portland, OR vet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re dedicated to keeping kitties happy and purring!