A Simple Checklist To Keep Your Feline Safe
Warmer months are upon us and your cat is probably itching to stretch its paws. For those with indoor/outdoor cats, spring is a time when your cat will start spending more time exploring. But with adventure comes risk. Use this easy-to-follow checklist to make sure your cat is safe and ready to enjoy the beautiful weather.
SPAY AND NEUTEUR
The benefits of spaying or neutering your feline companion are well documented. It helps control the cat population (limiting the amount of cats that end up in shelters), prevents your female cat from unwanted pregnancies and reduces the risk of physical ailments such as mammary cancer and uterine infections. Felines in heat can also be notoriously loud and unpleasant.
GET SOME EXERCISE!
Yes, we know, staying true to those New Year’s resolutions is challenging, especially when the weather outside is oh-so-frightful. But as the days get longer and the temperature rises, it’s the ideal time to bring them back! Providing your four-legged-fur-balls regular exercise is the best way to get them shedding those extra winter pounds. Keep your indoor kitties active and playful by engaging them with toys. And make sure to keep an eye on your outdoor cats if it’s their first time roaming outside in a while.
WATCH OUT FOR SIGNS OF ALLERGIES
Spring means spring-cleaning—and sneezing. Cats are just as vulnerable to springtime allergies as their human counterparts. Common allergic reactions include sniffling, itching and wheezing. In more severe situations, cats may even exhibit paw chewing, vomiting and diarrhea. If you notice any of those symptoms, visit your veterinarian immediately.
KEEP YOUR GARDEN SAFE
Everybody loves a well-maintained garden. But keeping the lawn green and the flowers bug-free usually requires the use of chemicals that could be dangerous to your kitty. Remember to keep pesticides, fertilizers, insecticides and other common garden products out of their way, such as in a shed or garage. Also, certain common plants (e.g. amaryllis, lilies, yew etc.) are poisonous and can prove toxic if ingested by your cat. Check the following to read a more complete list.
WATCH OUT FOR BIRD LOVERS AND CAT HATERS
Cats are predators who regularly hunt and kill smaller creatures such as birds and mice. While this behavior is perfectly natural for felines, there’s been a growing movement of “birders” who have expressed hostility towards this predatory instinct, even going so far as recommending specific ways to kill cats. Although your cat is most likely safe from such harm, it doesn’t hurt to be extra vigilant and be on the lookout for common signs of poisoning.
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