Autumn Hazards for Kitties

Autumn is just around the corner. Soon the leaves will change, and the weather will start getting chilly. Fall is a beautiful time of year … but it can be quite dangerous for our feline friends. Read on as a local Colorado Springs, CO vet lists some autumn dangers for cats.

Fleas

As the weather cools, fleas will be looking for a warm spot to settle in for the winter. Your feline friend will be a prime target! Keep up with Fluffy’s parasite control.

Being Trapped

In autumn, many people store their summer things and take their winter goods out. Since cats like to supervise their humans, they often follow their people around like furry little shadows. Keep an eye on Fluffy, so she doesn’t accidentally get locked in a shed, attic, or cellar.

Antifreeze

Antifreeze is extremely toxic to kitties, but, unfortunately, has a taste many of them like. Clean up any spills right away, and pour sand or kitty litter on damp spots.

Chemicals

Autumn is a popular time for applying lawn and garden products. Many of these chemicals are highly toxic to pets! Fluffy could get sick just by licking her paws after walking through a patch of recently-treated grass or a spill on the garage floor.

Animals

In fall, many animals are looking for winter hibernating spots, and may be crankier than usual. Avoid unpleasant encounters by keep Fluffy safe and sound indoors.

Cold

As the weather starts cooling, pets with bone/joint issues, such as arthritis, may feel stiff and sore. Offer Fluffy lots of warm, cozy places to snuggle up in for all those naps.

Candles

Candles add a warm, cozy glow to any home. Just be very careful when burning them: kitties and open flames are a deadly combination! Keep candles in high, secure places, well out of reach of those cute little paws.

Hairballs

Autumn is a peak shedding time. As your kitty changes into her winter clothes, she may swallow more hair than usual. This can lead to hairballs, which can be dangerous for cats, and are, needless to say, extremely unpleasant for both you and your pet. Brush Fluffy daily to remove dead fur from her coat, and ask your vet to recommend a good hairball remedy.

Does your kitty need veterinary care? Contact us! As your Colorado Springs, CO animal clinic, we are here to help.