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Autumn Cat Care

Autumn is officially upon us! This is a beautiful time of year, with the changing foliage and those crisp, cool breezes. However, just like any other season, autumn does have its own specific dangers for our four-legged friends. Read on as a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet discusses autumn cat care.

Food

As the weather gets colder, your feline buddy may burn extra calories just staying warm. Your vet may recommend increasing Fluffy’s serving sizes a bit.

Outdoor Hazards

Autumn can be a particularly hazardous time for outdoor cats. For one thing, many wild animals are seeking out spots to hibernate in. This can make them more aggressive than usual. Also, people often treat their lawns and gardens in fall. Chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides are very dangerous for cats. Poisonous plants and weather fluctuations also pose hazards to your feline pal. Antifreeze is another concern: it’s extremely toxic to kitties, but unfortunately, has a taste that many of them like. Keep your pet safe and sound indoors.

Seasonal Decorations

Autumn decorations have a special, whimsical charm. However, many of them can be dangerous. Anything with wires and cords can make a tempting—and hazardous—plaything to a frisky cat. Keep decorations out of paws’ reach.

Grooming

Fall is a peak shedding time. Brush Fluffy regularly to help get that dead fur out of her coat.

Warm Cozy Spots

Cats somehow manage to sleep even more than usual in cold, dreary weather. Offer your feline friend lots of warm, comfy napping spots. If you want to spoil Fluffy, consider getting her a thermal bed, or even a heated one.

Candles/Heaters

Seasonal scented candles may make your home look and smell wonderfully cozy, but they definitely are not pet-safe. Keep candles and potpourri jars in high, secure places that your furball can’t get to. If you have a fireplace, keep a grate in front of it, so your kitty can’t get too close.

Arthritis

It isn’t uncommon for older kitties to develop arthritis. This can make them very stiff and sore as the weather changes. If Fluffy seems stiff, limps, and/or has trouble jumping, ask your vet for advice on keeping her comfortable.

Parasites

Fleas, ticks, and other insects will be looking for warm spots to escape the weather. Keep up with Fluffy’s parasite control products!

Please call us, your Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

Teaching Your Cat Good Scratching Petiquette

Does your cat have a habit of using your sofa as a nail-care station? While Fluffy may look very pleased with herself when she’s doing her nails, her human buddies aren’t usually particularly impressed by her manicure habits. We are here to help! Read on as a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet offers tips on teaching your furball better petiquette.

Fluffy’s Nail Care Station

Choosing the right scratching post is very important! Cats often like to stretch their muscles while they scratch, so pick something tall enough for your feline pal to ‘stand’ for her peticure. Make sure your furry pal’s nail-care station is sturdy. Fluffy may become wary of a wobbly post or cat tower! Sprinkle catnip around the scratching post to make it a little more enticing for your furball.

Stopping Bad Habits

You should never punish your cat for scratching… even if she did just scratch your brand-new couch. Cats have a very deep natural instinct to care for their claws. This makes perfect sense, as in the wild, our furry buddies rely on their claws for self-defense, hunting, and climbing to safety. What you can do is redirect your kitty towards a suitable scratching station. To do this, you want to make her form a bad association with her current spot. When you see your kitty scratching improperly, make a loud noise or squirt her with water. Your feline overlord will not be pleased, and may seek a different area. It’s also important to reward your pet when she does scratch properly. Offer Fluffy praise, treats, and toys for using her scratching post. It also won’t hurt to tell your furball that she’s the best, cutest cat in the world. Kitties are suckers for compliments!

If All Else Fails…

If you aren’t having any luck, consider putting claw caps on your feline buddy. These are painless and temporary, just like fake nails for people. Your furry little diva can even sport fashionable colors, like pink or red! Another option is to simply give Fluffy a peticure, and clip her nails. (Note: we don’t recommend this for cats that go outdoors, as they need their claws for self-defense.) Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please contact us, your local Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to keeping our feline patients healthy and purring!