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Fall Care for Senior Cats

As autumn comes along, many people are sadly stashing their summer things away and pulling winter things out of storage. If you have a kitty, you’ll also want to make sure that your feline pal is ready for the cold. A local Brampton, ON vet discusses fall care for cats in this article.

Shedding

Your fuzzy friend may shed more than usual as she puts on her winter clothes. You may want to brush Fluffy regularly as she is going through this wardrobe change. You’ll have less fur to deal with, as you’ll be capturing all that dead hair with a brush before your cat swallows it.  This also helps reduce hairballs. Plus, this is also a great way to spend time with your kitty, and make her feel loved.

Keeping Kitty In

We always recommend keeping kitties indoors. Cats that go outside are at risk from dangers posed by things like weather, traffic, wild animals, chemicals, and seasonal foliage. If you do let Fluffy  out, make sure she has an emergency shelter, in case she gets caught in bad weather. A storage tote with a hole cut in the side will do nicely.

Beds

Cats somehow manage to sleep even more than usual when it’s cold and dreary outside. Make sure Fluffy has lots of warm, comfy spots to curl up in. You’ll get bonus purrs for putting some of your pet’s beds in sunbeams.

Playtime

Don’t let Fluffy become a complete couch potato! Play with your feline friend regularly. This will help keep her fit and stop her from getting bored. (Plus, it’s adorable.) 

Decorations

Keep your kitty’s safety in mind as you decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Our furry buddies are very playful, but they don’t necessarily know (or care) what is and isn’t safe for them. Candles, plastic bags, garlands, candy and candy wrappers, and anything small or sharp should be kept well out of paw’s reach!

Cuddles

Rainy autumn afternoons are perfect for snuggling up with a purring cat, a cup of tea or coffee, and a good book or movie. Kitties make great cuddle buddies! Fluffy is also pretty a good lap warmer and sleep aid. Enjoy some down time with your furry little friend.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Brampton, ON vet clinic, we’re here to help!

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