Winter is coming! Many people are pulling out their heavy clothes, hanging holiday decorations, and storing away their summer gear. Don’t forget your feline pal as you make your preparations. Cats are definitely not impervious to cold! Read on as a Brampton, ON vet offers a few tips on keeping your kitty warm and cozy this winter.
We always recommend keeping Fluffy indoors. It’s just much safer for her! Traffic, predators, wild animals, parasites, and chemicals are just a few of the threats your furball may face when she sets her cute little paws outside. In winter, snow, ice, and freezing temperatures jack up the risk quite a bit. Snow can mask scents and landmarks, which can make it hard for cats to find their way home. If you do let your kitty out, bring her in at night and before bad weather. We also recommend providing an emergency shelter, or perhaps getting a pet door for your window.
Did you know that kitties somehow manage to sleep even more than usual in cold, dreary weather? Make sure that Fluffy has lots of comfy beds to curl up in. Your fuzzy friend may also appreciate thermal beds or heated ones. Cats love finding warm napping spots to look adorable in!
Holding a feather or wand toy up for Fluffy to chase won’t keep her warm all winter, but it will get her blood pumping. Plus, it’s cute to watch!
Brushing your feline buddy regularly can actually help her stay warm. That’s because dead hair and dander interfere with the insulating properties of Fluffy’s coat.
Fluffy isn’t cold-blooded, but she certainly does enjoy basking. Put some of your kitty’s bedding or furniture in spots that get sunbeam access, so your furry little diva can sunbathe on chilly mornings.
This one definitely isn’t a universal recommendation. Adopting a kitty is a big commitment! However, if Fluffy is an only pet, she may enjoy having another furball to snuggle up to.
Our feline companions make great lap warmers and cuddle buddies. It’s always nice to relax on a frigid winter night with a purring cat and a great book or movie.
Do you have questions or concerns about your kitty’s health or care? Contact us, your Brampton, ON animal clinic!