While we don’t often have very cold weather in England and our winters have been getting milder and wetter, we’ve had a couple of cold snaps this winter – so check out our tips for looking after your cats when it’s chilly.
- Cats with mobility issues or injuries will struggle to walk on icy ground and feel unstable, creating a risk of joint injuries. Have a nice warm place for them to cuddle up.
- The cold ground can cause inflammation, deep cracks and discolouration to your cat’s sensitive pads. Keep them indoors on the coldest days.
- If your cat has very furry feet, frost and snow can cause this fur to become wet and if cold enough cause the fur to freeze causing frost bite lesions. Keep the fur between their toes short, and wipe them of with a lightly warmed towel then they come inside.
- Grit on the pavement/roads can be harmful when it comes into contact with pads or is ingested. Wipe off your cat’s paws after a trip outside.
- Cats’ nails are at greater risk of splitting or cracking when hitting the frozen ground. Keep your cat’s nails nice and trim.
- Keep de-icer and antifreeze out of reach of cats – it’s toxic if swallowed – but they think it tastes great!
Finally, do check your car before starting it up, just in case a kitty has taken refuge from the cold in the tyre arch or under the car. A few loud thumps on the bonnet should see them off, but make sure to visually check these areas before setting off as well.
If you need advice about your cat during cold weather, call us on 01435 864422 or if you need to make an appointment, visit our online booking page –