Spring is almost here! It’s getting closer, but for many places, this is the coldest time of the year. Your feline friend might be wearing a fur coat, but she isn’t immune to cold weather. Below, your local Omaha, NE vet offers a few tips on keeping Fluffy happy and healthy.
Kitties absolutely adore a warm spot to nap. Give her plenty of beds around the house. Store-bought beds are fine, but your drowsy cat will also be happy to snuggle up on a soft blanket on an ottoman or in a box. You might even consider a thermal blanket for extra warmth. Try to put it in a draft-free area, and a sunny spot if at all possible. Your cat will thank you.
What cat dosen’t like to curl up in a warm lap? It’s a favorite napping spot for many of our feline friends. Many cuddle-loving kitties enjoy snuggling up with their humans. If Fluffy likes snoozing in your lap, there’s no harm in letting her. (Tip: if your furball likes to ‘make dough’ on your lap, place a towel or blanket over your legs before settling in.)
Did you know that brushing your pet regularly will actually help her stay warm? Dead fur and dander interfere with the natural insulating qualities of your cat’s coat. (Bonus: grooming is also a great way to bond with your kitty and make her feel loved!)
Cats love small spaces, and kitty condos provide that. You can buy Fluffy a condo, or you can also make your own. For instance, try making a cute pet tent out of an old T-shirt and a few wire hangers. You can find more ideas and instructions online.
This one is definitely not an across-the-board recommendation. Most of our feline friends don’t take kindly to wearing clothing. But if you have a hairless cat, your pet will need a jacket or sweater when it gets cold outside.
Here’s the golden rule: keep Fluffy inside. The outdoors is a hazardous place for your furry friend, no matter what time of year it is. But it’s particularly dangerous in winter, when snow, ice, and cold add to the risk.
We’re dedicated to offering excellent veterinary care to your cat. Contact your Omaha, NE vet clinic today to make an appointment.