How well-protected is my cat from the cold?
When the temperature drops, are you worried that your cat might take a chill? You can take precautions to ensure that your ball of fur does not become sick! It is not only good for its health, but this will prevent a trip to the veterinarian, at a time when consultations are multiplying. So how can you protect your cat when the thermometer is dropping? Here are a few tips!
Adapt the environment of your cat
The cold season is a period conducive to developing many cat pathologies: otitis, colds (or coryza), rhinotracheitis… To protect your cat, it is first necessary to take a few measures with regard to its environment:
Cat flap: Cats who like to walk around outside, day and night, can sometimes slide through your fingers! One solution to prevent it from sitting in front of the door: the cat flap. If you can not change the door, install a shelter outside with a cover or straw.
Air currents: Just like humans, cats are sensitive to cold air currents, and even if it remains in the house all day, a window or door not properly closed carries the risk of a small cold. Please do not hesitate to move its basket from entryways and windows to ensure that it is warm.
Habits for your cat’s health
You can also adopt new habits to make the life of your cat easier, either before or after having spent time outside in the snow or rain.
Changes in feeding: Cats that often go outside need a richer energy source in winter to compensate for their exertion. It is recommended to increase their ration by 30%. Please note that this does not apply to indoor cats, which will not have additional physical expenditure.
Dry its paws: When it returns from hunting or its night walk, your cat may have wet paws, or loose snow, and this moisture in the pads is the equivalent of having wet hair for us! Dry its paws and fur with a towel.
Protective creams: There are protective creams for certain parts of your cat, such as ears and paws, to provide them with better insulation from the cold.