There’s still lots of winter left – and if previous years are anything to go by, it’ll get a lot colder before the first signs of spring appear next year.
A lot of recent visitors to our Limehurst Square practice have asked our advice about how best to look after cats during winter – as most moggies are keen on the outdoors, which can present extra risks during the darker, colder months.
So, take a look below at our best tips for cat welfare this winter. Or, if you’d like some one-to-one guidance about a specific issue, please don’t hesitate to ask Katie or another of our vet nurses.
Our top three tips for winter cat welfare
In our experience of caring for cats, we’ve found the following considerations to be extremely important.
- Is your cat warm enough? – Sadly, cats can die in unexpected cold snaps, particularly if they’re outdoors overnight. Keep an eye on how long your pet is staying outside during the day; and keep them inside at night-time. There may also be fireworks over Christmas and New Year that frighten your cat and make them want to run away – so to avoid an escape, make sure your house is secure and provide a safe, warm space indoors for them to hide.
- Will winter drivers notice your cat? – If you struggle to convince your cat to stay inside after dark, it’s wise to buy a reflective collar to help them be more visible. Winter is a common time for cats to be injured by vehicles, as driving conditions are more difficult; darkness falls early; and some cats may seek refuge in the warm areas of stationary cars (so check your neighbours’ cars as often as you can).
- Regular check-ups – If your cat has any health complaints, they may be more vulnerable during the colder months. We therefore recommend booking a check-up, if you haven’t visited us for a while – especially if your cat is very young or getting old. To book an appointment, simply give us a call on 01604 478888.
Plus, if your particular concern hasn’t been addressed in our summary, please get in touch to find out how we can help.