Keep your cats safe this winter

Obviously, the most certain way to keep your cat warm and safe in winter is to keep him inside, but for my cat owners, this simply isn’t an option. The majority of cats need to go out regularly in order to be happy, even in the depths of winter, and all you can do is make it as safe as possible for your cat to be out in the cold weather this winter.

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Before anything else, your cat should be micro-chipped with your current contact information, whether they’re a house cat or spend most of their time outside. If your cat gets lost in the depths of winter, this will give you the best chance of being reunited. By using the following pieces of advice, you can make your cat’s winter as safe as possible.

Alert cats before using your car

Cats and other small animals will be looking for sources of warmth in the winter in order to sleep and get some rest, and car engines and wheels are two particularly popular places. Before you use your car, give it a few hard smacks on the hood in order to wake up and startle any cat or other animal that may be sleeping there, allowing them to reach safety.

Clean up any spilled anti-freeze

Many anti-freeze products have a sweet taste that makes it enticing to animals, but it is, in fact, very dangerous for cats to ingest. By cleaning up any anti-freeze spills in your garage or on your driveway, you can effectively prevent your cat from accidentally ingesting anti-freeze. You will also need to wipe any anti-freeze bottles after use and tightly seal them before putting them away.

Don’t leave your cat (or other animals) in the car

Many of us travel in order to see friends, family or find some winter sun over Christmas, and you can be tempted to leave your cat in the car when you need to get out of the car, especially if you’re not going to be a long time. However, leaving your cat just for a short amount of time can be just as deadly in winter as in summer, as your car’s temperature will quickly plummet to freezing levels.

Keep an eye out for frostbite on your cat

Outdoor cats can be at risk of frostbite in very cold temperatures, especially on the tips of their ears. When your cat comes inside, check him for the signs of frostbite and if it gets too cold, it’s best to just keep him in for the night.

Check your cat’s paws

Another risk of outdoor cats is that the pads of their paws can become irritated and sore from the salt-based ice melting products used on roads and pavements. If you need to melt ice on your driveway, there are plenty of pet-friendly alternatives to rock salt on the market.

Give your cat’s paws a quick wipe when he comes in to prevent him from licking them and potentially exacerbating any problems.

Take extra care of old and sick cats

If your cat is generally inactive, underweight or finds it difficult to keep up his temperature, you will need to provide him with plenty of warm places to curl up, and if he has arthritis, you may want to provide easy access to these places. Cats with arthritis feel the cold in their joints, just like humans do, and going out in the snow will take its toll. Elderly cats can get easily disoriented in the snow, so it may be best to keep them in more.

At Sereta Boarding Cattery, we have the experience and knowledge to keep your cat safe, healthy and warm throughout the festive period. To book your cat into Sereta Boarding Cattery, call us on 01689 856168 or fill out our booking form today.

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