Cats In Autumn

Summer is drawing to an end and it’s time to say hello to autumn! 😻

There’s nothing quite like fallen leaves, crisper days, longer nights and the smell of spiced lattes that Autumn brings! However, Autumn also brings changes that affect our cats. To help you prepare, here’s our top 6 tips to help you and your cat have a happy, healthy and safe season:

Shorter Days

As the days get shorter, cats will start spending more time outside in the dark. Dawn and dusk (when cats are most active) will also start to coincide with Rush Hour on the roads. This can sadly result in an increase in road traffic accidents involving cats. So, to keep your cat safe this season, keep them inside during the night and Rush Hour periods of the day. Something else you can do is give your cats a reflective collar, increase their chances of being seen during the dark.

Food Requirements

In the past, experts would have recommended an increase in your cat’s food consumption during autumn and winter months to protect against the cold weather. Today, however, this is no longer required. With most cats being primarily house cats, and homes having central heating and insulation, additional food is not necessary and can result in obesity. If your cat is particularly active you may wish to increase their food by a small amount such as 10%.

Antifreeze

With colder weather comes the use of Antifreeze. Antifreeze is very poisonous to cats and the smallest amount can cause kidney failure and death when ingested by cats. Because of its sweet smell and taste cats will often drink it from puddles or spills and lick it off their paws. Signs of Antifreeze poisoning can begin to show 30 minutes after ingestion. Here is what to look out for:

  • Vomiting
  • Seeming depressed/sleepy
  • Appearing drunk and uncoordinated
  • Seizures (fits)
  • Difficulty breathing

If you suspect your cat has come into contact with Antifreeze get them to a vet immediately. Here’s some tips to keep your cat safe from Antifreeze:

  • Regularly check your car to ensure it isn’t leaking water coolant.
  • Keep Antifreeze in labelled, robust, sealed containers, away from cats.
  • Clean up spills immediately and make sure cats cannot access the area until it’s safe.

Fur Coat

Cats will begin to moult in Autumn and this can result in more furballs. To avoid furballs, brush your cat daily. This is also an opportunity to check for tangles, grass seeds and fleas (the switching on of the central heating can trigger flea eggs in carpets and soft furnishings to hatch).

Arthritis

The colder weather can cause older cats to feel more joint pain. You can help ease this and make them more comfortable, by laying out plenty of warm soft bedding. If you see any signs of  joint pain mention it to your vet.

Fireplaces

Everyone loves a warm fire or the glow of a candle on a cold night, including cats. Cats with a thick coat don’t always realise that they are sitting too close to the fireplace and can end up singing their fur. So, keep an eye on your cat and don’t leave a fire unattended. Also, make sure you keep candles out of your cats reach. They can easily be knocked over, or a tail accidently waft into the flame.

Have a safe and happy Autumn!! 😽