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Caring For a Cat In Winter

Kitties are wonderful little pets. They’re cute, charming, fun, cuddly, clean, playful, and highly entertaining to watch. However, our feline pals are quite small and fragile, and are definitely susceptible to illness and disease. They’re also not impervious to extreme weather! At this time of year, it’s important to keep Fluffy warm, cozy, and safe. Here, a Somerville, MA vet discusses winter cat care.

Brushing

Did you know that brushing your cat will help keep her warmer? This is because dead fur, dirt, and dander all interfere with the insulating properties of Fluffy’s coat. Plus, there’s another benefit to brushing your cat regularly: you’ll find less pet fur stuck to everything!

Beds

Kitties actually sleep even more than usual when the weather is dreary. Offer Fluffy lots of comfy beds to snuggle up in. These don’t have to be expensive: even a soft blanket or pillow in a wicker basket will do. Wash and rearrange your pet’s beds regularly. If you really want to spoil your furry pal, get her a heated pet bed or a thermal kitty blanket.

Veterinary Care

Many cats get stiff and sore as they age. Fluffy may develop arthritis in her senior years. Weather often exacerbates these conditions. Supplements may be helpful for kitties with bone/joint disorders, such as arthritis. For example, fish oil can help keep your furball’s bones and joints lubricated. If your feline pal has bone/joint issues, such as arthritis, ask your vet for more information about pain management treatments.

Safety

We always recommend that cats live indoors, but this is especially important in winter. Keep your pet warm and cozy inside. If you do let Fluffy out, limit her outdoor time on frigid days. It’s also a good idea to put out a safety shelter, just in case your furball gets caught outdoors overnight. This can be as simple as a storage tote with a hole cut in one side and some newspapers stuffed inside it.

Bonus Purrs

Many of our feline patients are quite the little cuddlebugs. Whether you love or hate cold weather, it’s always great to snuggle up with a good book or movie and a purring cat on those frigid winter nights.

Please feel free to call us, your local Somerville, MA vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to offer your kitty excellent veterinary care!

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