Fleas, Pesky Fleas – It’s forgivable t thing that fleas are exclusively a summertime problem, but autumn & winter can still play host to the bitey little critters. As it gets colder outside, we tend to want to make our homes much warmer. Fleas will migrate indoors to and are more than happy to set up home on your cats saft, warm fur.
If fleas aren’t stopped, they’ll quickly lay eggs onto your cat's fur; the eggs will fall off your cat and land all over your house, becoming fully grown adult fleas who’ll lay eggs of their own and before long, you’ll have an infestation on your hands.
To get rid of an infestation, you won’t just have to treat your cat – you’ll need to thoroughly disinfect your home too.
It’s easy to prevent a flea infestation though. Just make sure your cat stays up to date with their preventative flea treatment and your house will stay completely flea-free.
The Dangers of Antifreeze – If you’ve had cats for a while, you might be very aware of the dangers antifreeze poses to our cats (and other pets). Antifreeze is used in cars as the weather gets colder; it’s not only extremely poisonous to cats, but annoying irresistible too. Sadly, unlike other household cleaning products, cats enjoy the taste of antifreeze – so they’ll naturally help themselves if they find any.
To keep your cat safe and protected, store antifreeze somewhere they can’t get to, preferably up high and behind a secure door.
If you spill antifreeze, make sure you clean it up immediately – this goes for outside as well as inside.
Symptoms of antifreeze poisoning in cats include:
Contact your vet immediately if your cat shows any of these signs.
Check Under Cars for Snoozy Cats - Cats are notorious for squeezing into strange places; this includes under car bonnets and between car tyres.
Before you set off for work in the morning, have a quick check for sleeping kitties. Bear in mind also that a neighbour’s cat may have found their way under there, not just your own.
Candles & Fires - With Halloween celebrated at the end of autumn, candles bringing a nice flicker to darker evenings and open fires providing warmth on colder days, there are a lot of ways a cat could get burnt. These flickering flames may attract the interest of your cat, and due to their thick, insulating coats, they might not notice their fur is being singed. This will also keep your cat’s whiskers safe from being burnt as these are really sensitive and are important for their balance.
Fires can not only burn cats, but candles can be easily knocked over so it’s best to put them in places your cat won’t reach, or only use them when your cat isn’t around. Battery operated candles can minimise the risk of accidents and injuries in cats while giving the same warm and cosy glow.