Seasonal Changes Require Special Consideration for Cats

Pet care needs to be adapted as colder weather begins to roll in.

Posted: September 25, 2007 5 a.m. EDT

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The ASPCA lists tips to help keep your cat safe during the fall season
The ASPCA urges people to pay close attention to their cats' safety during cold weather.

Fall has officially arrived, and that means colder, winter weather—and the holidays—are just around the corner. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) issued several tips to keep cats safe as temperatures begin to drop and as holiday baking and decorating increases.

  • Keep Cats Warm and Dry: Pets should have a warm place to sleep that’s off the floor and away from drafts. Don’t leave cats alone in a parked car, as temperatures can fall quickly in a short period of time.
  • Clean Up After Yourself: Coolant and antifreeze are toxic to cats. Pet owners should thoroughly clean up any vehicle spills and be aware of melting ice that may be contaminated with toxic chemicals.
  • Make Noise: Outdoor cats may seek refuge under the hoods of cars for warmth and protection from the elements, which can be life-threatening if the car is started. If outdoor cats roam the neighborhood, bang on the hood and wait a few moments before starting the engine.
  • Keep Pets on Their Regular Diets: As the season filled with treats and goodies approaches, pets should remain on their normal diets. Changes can affect their digestive system causing indigestion and diarrhea.
  • Keep Alcoholic Beverages Out of Pets’ Reach: If a pet accidentally ingests alcohol, they can become sick and weak.
  • Consider Cats When Decorating for Holidays: Lilies can cause kidney failure in cats; mistletoe and holiday berries can also be toxic for pets. And decorations such as ribbons and tinsel can cause intestinal obstruction if swallowed. 

If a cat has accidentally ingested a harmful substance, contact a veterinarian immediately. The ASPCA is a nonprofit corporation that works to prevent animal abuse and is the oldest humane organization in the United States. 

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Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

9/25/2007 1:02:15 PM

Although I've heard about these before, it's good to be reminded.

MARTHA    COLUMBUS, OH

9/25/2007 7:41:15 AM

WE TAKE CARE OF FIVE FERAL CATS. OUTSIDE. WE PUT STYROFOAM BOXES, (WITH HOLES CUT IN THEN FOR ENTRANCE)
AND BALES OF STRW AROUND THE BOXES IN THE GARAGE FOR THEM,WE HAVE A HEATED WATER DISH ALSO.
I CAN EVEN BRUSH THREE OF THEM,THE OTHER TWO ARE MORE LEERY OF US, BUT THEY COME CLOSE ENOUGH TO EAT AND LAY IN THE SUN:-)
THEY ARE A DELIGHT FOR US.

debby    oxford, NC

9/25/2007 4:49:29 AM

i learn somthing new everyday on this channel

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