Cats are amazing animals that are capable of living in extreme climates, but that doesn’t mean constant exposure to the elements is good for their health. Domestic cats that are allowed to roam outside or those that live exclusively outdoors (e.g., feral or stray cats) have more to contend with than just the weather. As a result, many owners choose the indoor-only lifestyle for their pet.
But what about cats that dart out at night or the ones who hang around the neighborhood that don’t seem to belong to anyone? Aside from protecting pets from potential illness and injury, winter cat care can be a real struggle. Fortunately, the team at West Park Animal Hospital is here to help!
Although you may want to groan when someone mentions the word “winter,” the cold and snow will soon be upon us. As with any season, winter brings with it special considerations for our furriest of friends.
Although you may have already stashed your antifreeze in a locked cabinet (great job!), we have a few more tips for pet winter safety to keep your best pal safe and sound this time of year.
Shopping around for new boots or hats is a necessity for many of us this time of year. We also winterize the car, the garden, and parts of the house, but how do we prepare our pets for negative windchills and sub-zero temperatures?
Amazingly, some animals prepare for the cold weather by growing a thicker coat, but generally pets need their human guardians to assist them in the following ways: Continue reading
Now that the warm weather is fading and cold weather is setting in, you will have to start getting your pet ready for winter. Typically this means a little less times outdoors in the wind and snow, and more time inside the house. Keeping your pet warm and dry is definitely important during this time of year, as is your pet’s safety.
If your pet is going to be staying in the garage during those cold, windy days, make sure that you keep your buddy away from any chemical spills or leakage pools. Antifreeze, especially, is very dangerous for your pet to be around, as even the ingestion of a few drops of this toxic substance can be fatal. Continue reading