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Winter Safety Tips for Cats

As the colder weather closes in and the holidays approach, you may be stockpiling some new toys for your kitty, and perhaps even filling a stocking for her. While cats are very self-reliant, they certainly do have a way of getting themselves into trouble. Along with the colder temperatures, winter can bring some hidden dangers for our feline friends. Read on for some winter safety tips from your local veterinarian Greenwood.

Holidays

Cats may just love the holidays almost as much as we do. There are trees to climb, ornaments to break, boxes to jump into, ribbon to play with, and tinsel to eat! All of these things are very tempting to curious little furballs, and, with the possible exception of boxes, they can all be very dangerous. While you may not have much luck telling Fluffy that climbing the Christmas tree is strictly forbidden, you can decrease the chances of her knocking it over by making sure it is secure. You can use fishing line to anchor it to the wall if needed. Keep lights, tinsel and breakable ornaments out of the reach of little paws, and don’t leave any loose tinsel, or ribbon pieces around, as Kitty may try to eat them, and could choke.

Weather

Kitty is much, much safer inside, especially during cold weather. We strongly recommend keeping Fluffy indoors. If your cat does go outside, wipe her paws off when she comes in, as cats can walk through de-icers and other toxic chemicals and then ingest them when grooming themselves. It’s also wise to limit your cat’s access to the garage, as antifreeze is very dangerous to cats, who unfortunately often love its taste. Always check your wheel wells before starting your car, as cats sometimes climb up on top of wheels for warmth. If your kitty does go outside, give her extra food, and make sure she has access to shelter at all times. Whenever there are storms coming, keep her indoors until the bad weather has passed.

Heat Sources

Be sure that any candles, fireplaces, heat lamps, potpourri burners, and other heat sources are secured so that your cat can’t access them. Candles are particularly dangerous, because your cat can very easily move her tail too close to the flame. Always burn candles in candleholders, and place them out of your cat’s reach.

There are few things as cozy as curling up with a cup of tea or coffee, a good book or movie, and a purring cat when the weather is bad. Follow Kitty’s example, and remember to take some time to relax and unwind!

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