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Autumn Care for Cats

Fall is officially here! This is a beautiful time of year here in Colorado. The foliage, crisp weather, and seasonal decorations definitely have their own special charm. Autumn does pose a few specific dangers for cats, however, so you may want to take a few precautions to keep your kitty happy, healthy, and safe. Here, an Aurora, CO vet discusses fall care for kitties.

Weather

When it starts getting cold, Fluffy will automatically start seeking out warm, comfy napping places to snuggle up in. Make sure your kitty has lots of comfy beds to choose from! If you let your cat go outside, make sure she has an emergency shelter, in case she is ever accidentally locked out. A storage tote with some blankets in it and a hole cut in the side will work.

Hazards

Autumn poses quite a few dangers to our feline friends. Chemicals are one concern. At this time of year, many people fill their cars with antifreeze, and treat their lawns and gardens with fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides. These things are all highly toxic to cats! We recommend playing it safe, and keeping your furball indoors.

Veterinary Care

Make sure that Fluffy is current on her vaccinations and parasite control products. If your kitty is a senior, she may start getting stiff and sore when the weather changes. Ask your vet for information on pain management, including supplements, medication, and other options.

Grooming

Fall is a peak shedding time. As your furry buddy exchanges her summer coat for a winter wardrobe, you may find fur stuck to, well, pretty much everything. Brush Fluffy daily to remove dead hair from her coat before it ends up on your sofa. (Tip: try using a squeegee or a damp sponge to get cat fur off your upholstery.) Also, ask your vet about using hairball remedy.

Halloween

Halloween can be a dangerous time for Fluffy! Increased traffic, both pedestrian and vehicular, is one concern. Your pet may also try to eat or play with candy or decorations, which can be very dangerous. Candles, potpourri burners, and fireplaces are also hazardous to kitties. Keep Fluffy indoors, and do some basic kittyproofing to keep her safe. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? We can help! Please contact us, your local Aurora, CO animal clinic, today!

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