Oct 20 2014

When summer wandering is over for your cat

summer wandering is over for your cat

Well, unfortunately we are looking at the end of our summer season, and one member of our family often affected by this is our pet cat.  Some hardier guys will tough out the winter weather, but most outdoor cats prefer the comforts of home during the cold.  Losing the freedom of outdoors does mean that we can see health problems crops up, so here are a few of our recommendations:

Parasites

Owners often don`t notice fleas during the summer months – the cat is in and out, he is grooming, and the problem in our homes is ‘diluted’.  When kitty comes in, he will contaminate the house even more, and often the problem becomes more apparent.  If your cat was not on a preventive medication, keep a close eye, and check your cat regularly for fleas. 

Outdoor cats are often hunters, and this puts them at risk for flatworms.  We don`t always see segments of the worms (we often know this as ‘grains of rice’ that you can find in the fur around the anus or on bedding where the cat has slept), so it is good practice to deworm your cat when he or she comes in.

Behaviour

Indoor cats, who are used to the stimulating outdoor environment, can suffer from boredom and underactivity inside.  We will often see weight gain, and can encounter behavioural problems.  Decreasing your cat`s daily portions and offering scheduled playtime, as well as cat trees near windows and plenty of his favourite toys will help avoid these issues.

Voiding

In a medical clinic, we will often see cases of constipation and urinary problems, including blocked cats, at this time of year.  This is probably because your cat will refrain from urinating and defecating as often as he was used to over the summer.  First, your cat’s toilet area is greatly restrained.  He or she is used to having the pick of spots, in a nice open area, where the diggin is rife, the textures are his choice and there are no smells to turn him off.  And now he must void in a little, smelly box.  

Offering your cat several litter boxes, ideally uncovered and very large will help with this.  Your cat also will tend to drink less, for similar reasons – choice is limited – and this may contribute to the problem.

Don`t hesitate to get in touch for suggestions for your pet for their winter hibernation.

mflynn | Pet Care, Safety

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