As winter draws in it’s important to think about how the cold weather can affect our animals.
Here are a few tips for keeping your cat safe in the colder months:
> The most effective way of keeping cats safe and warm is of course to keep them snuggled up indoors!
- Provide some toys and games so they don’t get bored and still get some exercise.
- A litter tray is also a good idea.
> Beware of frostbite which can affect the ear tips, tail and toes.
- Wipe off paws and check fur for any ice.
> Monitor your cat’s time outside and keep them in if you’re worried.
> Antifreeze is tasty to cats – but highly toxic!
- Keep it stored safely away from pets.
> Grooming your cat in winter is still important.
- Keep nails trimmed and coats brushed to avoid matting.
> Watch your cat for signs of hypothermia, especially if they disappear for a while in the cold.
- Any shivering, weakness, muscle stiffness or shortness of breath may indicate a problem – contact your vet straight away.
> Check your car before starting it.
- Warm engines make a great napping place!
- Take a look underneath and give the bonnet a bang to disturb any snoozing moggies!
> Finally, provide a reflective collar (with an ID tag) for the darker nights and make sure their microchip details are up to date.
As ever, please contact the surgery on 01435 864422 if you have any concerns.