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Today we’re sharing some great cat care tips for keeping your kitty safe, happy and comfortable all winter long. February is here,which means Spring is within our grasps! Sure, it’s still six weeks away, but every day it inches a little closer on the calender. Of course, that doesn’t mean warm weather is here yet! We’re all still in hibernation mode. No one knows hibernation quite like cats!
Make the most of your time with your beloved cat this winter. Whether they’re a long-standing family member or recently adopted, your cat may need the extra love and care – and what better time than in the season of love? Sadly, according to the Ontario SPCA, nearly one-fifth of cats were returned to shelters in Ontario in 2013, post-holiday. The top three reasons included cats conflicting with other pets in the home, allergic reactions, or facing behavioural problems, including litter box issues. Check out these great cat care tips to help you bond with kitty and keep her comfy and happy.
Cat Care Tips: Keeping Kitty Comfy & Happy in the Winter
TREAT THEIR TUMMIES: Make sure your cats maintain a healthy and balanced diet. This may require consulting your veterinarian. Just like humans, cats have different nutritional needs depending on their age and health. Otherwise, stick to quality food and fresh, clean water. Skip the milk! Despite popular belief, milk shouldn’t be their main source of hydration and may actually cause stomach discomfort. In fact, cats really should drink cow milk at all.
SET THE STAGE: Just like we want to curl up during the cold winter, so do our cats! That’s why it’s important to make sure your cats are comfortable. Cats are naturally very clean so an untidy litter box won’t do. Try Arm & Hammer(tm) Clump & Seal(tm) Complete Odour Sealing Cat Litter, the only litter that forms a tight seal around their mess and destroys it with unique odour eliminators and Arm & Hammer(tm) Baking Soda. Also, place litter boxes far from food areas and use the North and South, East and West rule. Putting food and litter at opposite ends of your home encourages proper practices.
TOY WITH TRINKETS: Cats are incredibly curious about their surroundings. They’ll pounce on anything that moves, rolls or sways. Pair a scratching post with a ball of string, a feather teaser stick, or even a stuffed mouse – any of these will do the trick! Just be sure the items you bring are safe for your cat and cannot be swallowed or easily torn apart.
Cozy up with your furry little feline this winter and enjoy a lasting companionship!
For more tips and information on taking care of your pets, visit OntarioSPCA.ca
Do you have any great cat care tips for keeping kitty happy all winter? Share them in the comments!