Winter Care for Cats

by on November 21st, 2011 at 7:00 am

Winter is just around the corner, and for many Americans, it’s time to start preparing. Unless you live in one of the few states that gets no snow, you will have to deal with winter problems in some form. Scraping ice off your car, shoveling the driveway, and driving conditions are just a few of the annoyances of winter.

For owners of both indoor and outdoor cats, winter can be a difficult time. With winter months often come the winter blues for both you and your animal. Being indoors for an extended time can wear on your cat; the lack of outside time will start to drive him or her mad. In many cases, it can lead to destructive behaviors; however, there are steps you can take to prevent these winter blues.  Getting enough exercise is crucial for cats in winter. Here are a few tips to keep your pet sane this winter.

  • Use a toy with a feather or a bell to get your cat moving. You would be surprised how much exercise an animal can get from just playing indoors.
  • Set up a daily routine to play with your cat. This will ensure he or she is getting daily exercise.
  • Try using catnip; this will have them going crazy. Cats can spend hours frolicking with toys covered in catnip.
  • Invest in a tiered cat tower; this will give them a place of their own to climb and scratch.
  • Make sure your cat has a warm place to stay. Have a spot where your cat has blankets or purchase a pet bed.

It is highly recommend that you keep your cat indoors during harsh winter conditions. If you insist on letting your cat outside, follow these tips to keep your cat safe during winter months.

  • Make sure your cat gets enough food; he or she will need the extra energy to stay warm. Also ensure your cat has  water to prevent drinking from harmful lake or river water.
  • Check your car before you leave; cats use the warmth of a car and will rest underneath them.
  • Wipe your cat’s paws when he or she comes inside; cats can ingest harmful chemicals used to clean roads when licking their feet.
  • Clean up any spilt anti-freeze; cats and other animals are naturally attracted to the smell, and ingesting it can be fatal.

 

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