Cold Weather Tips For Cat Owners

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Hi there!  I hope all of you are staying warm in this frigid weather we’re having.  I thought that now would be a good time to share some cold weather tips for your cats.  🙂

  • If you have an outdoor cat, try to provide a warm shelter for them, that’s away from the wind, rain, and snow.  A box or a crate lined with some snuggly blankets or a cat bed works great.  It doesn’t need to be too big, though, or it won’t provide the proper insulation (think a warm and cozy animal den).
  • If your pet is shivering, this could be a sign of hypothermia.  A shivering pet should be slowly warmed back up until the signs of hypothermia are completely gone.
  • Provide your pet with fresh water at all times.  If you have an outdoor cat, make sure it has a constant supply of unfrozen water.
  • Snow can collect between kitty toes and cause pain and, if left untreated, loss of circulation to the toes.
  • Ice melters used on sidewalks and roads can cause irritation to the paws and also stomach upset if ingested.  Wipe their paws with a moist towel (if they’ve already walked through some) or use a non-toxic, pet-friendly ice melter.
  • Anitfreeze is extrememly poisonous and should be kept away from animals at all times.  Its sweet taste attracts pets and even a tiny bit can cause fatal kidney failure.
  • Cats will often try to snuggle up inside the engine compartment of a car to get warm.  This is a dangerous place for kitty.  It’s always a good idea to knock or bang on the hood of your car before you start it.
  • Just like us, if your cat has arthritis, the cold weather may cause it to act up.  Providing them with an orthopedic bed in a warm area will keep them more comfortable.

As always, talk to your vet if you have any concerns.  I hope you’re all having a great (and warm) Wednesday!  Be sure to sign the Mister Linky before you run!

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One Response to “Cold Weather Tips For Cat Owners”

  1. Criquette Says:

    Good advice, but it would be even better if people just kept their cats inside where they’d be safe and warm.

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