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Getting Your Cat Ready for Winter

Winter is on the way! Although we may still have a few months of good weather to look forward to, many people are getting out their winter goods and storing their summer things. If you are owned by a cat, you may want to take a little time to get Fluffy ready for the cold season. Read on for some tips from a Niwot, CO veterinarian on getting your cat ready for winter.

Shedding

As Fluffy puts on her winter clothes, she may shed more than usual. More shedding often translates into more hairballs, which are no fun for either you or Fluffy. Brushing your kitty daily will help remove dead fur from her coat before she can swallow it. Bonus: this will also reduce the amount of cat fur you find on your clothing and furniture.

Beds

Did you know that cats sleep even more than usual in cold, dreary weather? Offer Fluffy lots of soft, cozy beds to snuggle up in. You don’t have to break the bank getting pet furniture. Many furballs are purrfectly content snoozing on a folded up blanket.

Food

If your cat goes outdoors, she may need some extra calories to help keep her warm on cold days. Some kitties will also benefit from certain supplements. For instance, fish oil can lubricate kitties’ bones and joints, and may be beneficial to pets with arthritis. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Parasite Control

As the temperatures drops, fleas will be looking for warm places to hide. Make sure to keep up with Fluffy’s parasite control products! This is also a good time to wash your feline buddy’s bedding.

Veterinary Care

Bring your kitty in for a checkup before winter. Fluffy should also be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and current on vaccines.

Safety

We recommend that cats stay indoors, as they are much safer and healthier inside. Outdoor kitties face many hazards, such as cars, predators, weather, and wild animals. If you do decide to let Fluffy go outside, keep her in at night, and when it’s really cold. Also, make sure your furball has an emergency shelter. A plastic tote with a hole in one side, and some newspapers or blankets inside it, will do just fine.

Do you have questions about cat care? Contact us, your Niwot, CO animal clinic! We’ve been providing excellent veterinary care since 1946!

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