Spring Care for Cats

Are you ready for spring? We are! If you have a kitty, you may notice Fluffy getting a bit friskier than usual as the weather warms up. Actually, our feline friends do need some extra TLC in spring. Read on for some great tips from an Orleans County, NY vet.

Household Dangers

As the snow finally goes away, many people will head outdoors for some lawn and garden work. Fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and rodenticides are all toxic to kitties. Keep these things well away from your cat! Many plants are also poisonous to Fluffy. Check the ASPCA website here for a list of safe and unsafe plants.

Shedding

As you change out your winter wardrobe for cooler clothes, your pet will also be changing her coat. Spring is a peak time for shedding. Brushing your feline buddy daily will reduce the amount of fur you find stuck to your belongings, as the cat hair will get trapped in a brush. This will also reduce the likelihood of Fluffy getting hairballs, which are no more fun for her than they are for you. If you have a long-haired kitty, you may want to give her hairball remedy. Ask your vet for more information.

Fur Busting

Try using a squeegee, rubber gloves, or a damp sponge to get your feline pal’s fur off carpets or upholstery. To quickly de-fur a clothing item, toss it in the dryer with a wet washcloth for a few minutes. If Fluffy is a heavy shedder, you may also find furniture slipcovers helpful.

Wellness Care

When the warm weather returns, so will fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Keep your kitty protected from these nasty little monsters by staying current on her parasite control products. If Fluffy is overdue for vaccinations, or hasn’t had an exam in a while, let this be a reminder to schedule an appointment.

Spring Cleaning

This is a great time to go through your kitty’s belongings. Wash Fluffy’s beds, using hot water and unscented detergent. You’ll also want to go through your furball’s toy box. Discard and replace anything old or worn. If your cat has furniture, you’ll also want to give that a good cleaning. Give your pet’s feeding area and litterbox a good scrubbing while you’re at it.

Do you have questions about cat care? We can help! Contact us, your Orleans County, NY animal clinic, today.

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