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Autumn Care for Kitties

Summer is officially over. The leaves are changing and the weather is cooling. Of course, every change of the season brings specific issues for pet owners to be aware of. Autumn is no exception. Read on as a St. Vital, Manitoba vet discusses autumn cat care.

Outdoor Dangers

We always advise keeping kitties safe and sound indoors. Cats that go outside face some very serious threats, such as cars, predators, and weather. In fall, seasonal molds also pose a danger. Fluffy could also be threatened by wild animals that are looking for spots to hibernate. Some of these critters like to hide in leaf piles, so pick these up ASAP. At this time of year, many people fill their cars with antifreeze, and treat their lawns and gardens with fertilizer. These chemicals are extremely toxic to kitties. Err on the side of caution, and keep your pet indoors.

Indoor Hazards

There are also some seasonal dangers that can endanger indoor kitties. Heating elements are one concern. Fireplaces, heaters, candles, and potpourri burners are definitely not pet-safe! Decorations can also pose a threat, particularly ones with ropes or threads that could tempt a frisky feline. Things like wreaths, garlands, and fake spiderwebs should all be kept in spots your furball can’t reach.

Shedding

As Fluffy exchanges her summer coat for a winter wardrobe, you may find cat fur, well, pretty much everywhere. We recommend vacuuming daily during peak shedding times. You don’t have to do the whole house: just do your kitty’s favorite hangout spots and high-traffic areas. Once a week, do a more thorough cleaning. To remove pet fur from upholstery, use a rubber dish glove, a squeegee, or a damp sponge. You may also want to keep a lint roller handy for yourself.

Purr Activation

You’ve probably noticed that Fluffy is rather drowsy. Your feline pal will really appreciate having lots of warm, comfy napping spots. Store-bought beds are fine, but you can also make your own. Look online for DIY options. Your cat may also appreciate a heated pet bed or a thermal blanket. Of course, this is a great time of year for kitty cuddles. Nothing beats relaxing on a chilly autumn night with a great book or movie and a purring cat!

Please contact us, your St. Vital, Manitoba vet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!

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