The temperature is dropping and winter is upon us. Do you
know how to keep your cat(s) healthy and safe this winter season? If you do,
great! If you don’t, please keep reading. The team at the Cat Clinic of
Greensboro want to ensure you and your cat have a great winter so please read
our helpful tips below!
Get your cat an initial before winter check-up. Your vet can
check to see if your cat has any medical issues that would make it vulnerable
to the cold.
- If you have an older cat that has arthritis the
cold weather could make them stiff and uncomfortable. Consider moving a chair
or other piece of furniture to make a sort of ladder so your cat won’t have to
jump as high.
- If your cat normally sleeps on the floor,
consider moving its bed somewhere higher to avoid drafts.
- Before getting into your car, bang loudly on the
hood or honk your horn before starting your car to make sure your cat or any
cat isn’t hiding underneath the hood. Since cats love a warm spot they can
sometimes crawl up under the hood to stay warm.
- If your cat has an outdoor shelter, raise it off
the ground. Frozen earth will draw out more heat from the shelter than moving
air. Be sure to turn the entrance away from the wind or consider laying down
extra-bedding. Be careful to avoid using anything that will retain moisture and
freeze or even become moldy.
- Never leave your cat unattended in the car in
the winter. The cold weather can quickly turn the inside of a car into a
- If you leave cat food outside for your cat,
check it a couple times a day to make sure it's not frozen.
- It is particularly important that your cat has
unfrozen water. If your cat can't get clean water it could easily drink from
sources contaminated by household cleaners, road-salt and anti-freeze.
Anti-freeze is especially attractive to cats and extremely dangerous, so make
sure to clean up any spills on your driveway.
If you have any questions about your cat's health, contact the experts
at the Cat Clinic of Greensboro.