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Cold Weather Care for Kitties

Winter is closing in, and soon we’ll be shoveling snow, bundling up in warm clothes, and looking forward to spring. If you have a cat, you’ll want to take a few steps to keep your furball comfortable during the cold season. Fluffy may have a fur coat, but she still needs a bit of extra TLC to keep her warm and cozy! Below, a local Aurora, CO vet offers some cold weather care tips for kitties.

Bedding

As you’ve probably noticed, sleeping is one of Fluffy’s favorite pastimes. Be sure to provide your feline buddy with plenty of warm, cozy napping spots. If your home is often chilly or drafty, consider pampering your pet with a heated bed.

Heating Sources

Candles can really add a warm, cozy glow to your home in winter, but kitties and candles are not a good combination! Burn candles and potpourri only in high, secure spots that your furball can’t reach. If you have a fireplace, be sure to use protective grating to keep Fluffy safe.

Antifreeze

Antifreeze is a serious hazard for our feline friends. It’s very toxic, but unfortunately, tastes very appealing to our four-legged pals. Be sure to clean up any spills immediately. To play it safe, put sand or kitty litter down on any damp spots.

Weather

We strongly recommend that kitties live indoors, especially in winter. If you do let your cat out, be sure not to leave her outdoors too long. Make sure Fluffy has a safe shelter to go to if she is ever caught outside. You can use a plastic tote with a hold cut in the side for an emergency cat shelter. Don’t forget to keep a close eye on your furball for signs of frostbite!

Facilities

Cellars and garages can make convenient spots for Fluffy’s litterbox, but these areas often get very chilly in winter. Keeping Fluffy’s bathroom in a warm room will help keep her more comfortable, especially if she is a senior.

Cars

Many outdoor cats seek relief from the cold by huddling up to whatever warmth they can find. The tire wells of cars can make an appealing shelter for a shivering kitty. Always check your wheels before starting your car on cold days.

Do you have any questions about your cat’s health or care? We can help! Please contact us, your Aurora, CO veterinary clinic, anytime.

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