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Autumn Cat Care Tips

Fall is officially upon us! As the weather cools, many of us are enjoying the fresh cool air. Although this time of year is very beautiful, it can also be quite dangerous for kitties. Here, an Indianapolis, IN vet discusses autumn cat care.

Outdoor Hazards

Although Fluffy may enjoy exploring leaf piles and rolling around in the driveway, she’ll be both safer and healthier staying indoors. At this time of year, many wild animals are preparing for winter, and may be crankier than usual. Snakes and other animals sometimes nest in piles of dead leaves, which is another concern. Autumn is also a dangerous season because of elevated risks of exposure to toxic chemicals. Many people fill their cars with antifreeze, and/or treat their properties with fertilizers, pesticides, and other poisonous substances. These things are all very poisonous to kitties!

Halloween

Unfortunately, Halloween can be a dangerous time for our feline friends. This is mostly due to old folk tales about cats—particularly black ones—being associated with witches. As noted above, we recommend that kitties live indoors all the time. However, it’s particularly important to keep your furball safe and sound indoors around the autumn holiday. Also, keep candy and wrappers out of Fluffy’s reach, as they can be very dangerous for pets.

Shedding

As your kitty trades her summer wardrobe for a thicker winter coat, you may find cat hair, well, pretty much everywhere. Brushing Fluffy daily will help cut down on the amount of fur that gets stuck to your belongings, as you’ll be trapping that dead hair with a brush. You may also want to ask your vet about using hairball remedies.

Candles/Decorations

Candles, fireplaces, and heaters can really give your home a warm, cozy glow. However, these things do not mix well with kitties! Burn candles only in high, secure places Fluffy can’t reach. If you have a fireplace, use a protective grate on it. Make sure space heaters are in a safe place, where your pet can’t singe herself or knock it over.

Beds

Kitties are rather drowsy in general, but they get even sleepier in cold, dreary weather. Make sure Fluffy has lots of comfy napping spots to snuggle up in. Your furball may also appreciate a heated bed.

Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Indianapolis, IN animal clinic, today!

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