Your pet cat is no different than anyone else in the family. When it comes to seasons, he is probably most excited to see all the snow melting away. He even anticipates the days when it’ll be sunny and warm outside. Perhaps you know what season I’m talking about – spring.
While this might be one of the most exciting times of the year, it is also the best time to be vigilant and check the health of your tabby. But you need not to worry so much because these tips should keep your feline baby in good shape with these cat care tips.
1. Be careful of bees and butterflies.
Because the weather is warming up, expect your pet to be eager to play outside. But considering the curious nature of cats, make sure you still keep an eye on him. Be watchful of insects like butterflies and bees as they can sting your baby. Also, they can stick into his nose if he gets too close.
In the event that he gets stung, do not panic. Instead, contact your vet immediately and tell him what symptoms are showing up. Like us, cats have different allergic reactions. So as soon as you find out he has been stung, think quick to prevent any unwanted complications.
2. The grass is comfy and safe, but not all the time.
During springtime, flowers bloom and grass begin to grow. With that sight, you can never blame your cat if he would want to munch on them.
For the record, it’s completely normal for a cat to nibble on grass. In fact, it can even be a natural cure. According to experts, eating grass may be a symptom of an upset stomach, so if your kitty has eaten something unpleasant, there are chances that he will look for grass as a remedy.
3. Avoid some people foods.
Spring is also a great time to enjoy a variety of sumptuous treats – chocolates, biscuits, and a lot more. However, do take note that not all of these foods are safe for your feline buddy.
As much as possible, store those foods that are not safe for cats in a place that is out of their reach. If he ingests chocolates, be sure to take him to the veterinarian right away.
4. Know what plants are poisonous to cats.
During the spring, gardening is definitely in full swing. But as a responsible owner, you have to pay attention to those plants that are poisonous to your baby.
There are plenty of outdoor plants that are considered unsafe for cats. Sago palm, rhododendron, and azalea are just a few. Here is a full list of plants that are toxic to pets.
5. Observe cleanliness at all times.
Even if it’s not spring, it is your duty to keep the house clean all the time. But when doing that, avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals. If you can’t find any, just keep your cat away from you. And if it is a fine day, you can just leave the windows open so that strong smells can go out into the air.
In addition, it is wise to look around the house and visit those places where your cat stays frequently. Vacuum his cat scratching posts to get rid of dirt and wash his blankets in the washing machine. That way, you can ensure your tabby is safe and healthy.
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6. Keep lawn-care essentials out of his reach.
Spring is always the best time to get your lawn in shape. But then again, most of the chemicals you will be using in the lawn are not safe for cats.
Therefore, to prevent any poisoning, it is advised to always read the labels of the chemicals. Make sure you follow the recommended waiting period before you let your four-legged pal to go out and explore the lawn.
7. Take preventive measures.
By the time all the snow melts away, bugs and worms will emerge. That said, make sure your cat is up-to-date when it comes to his medications. He should have taken all necessary preventive flea and tick medications.
If in case your pet acquires any of these parasites, you can remove it quick and easy. Simply wear gloves and use a pair of tweezers to pull the tick. Be sure you don’t include your pet’s skin as it will definitely hurt. And then, place the pest inside a jar and pour in some rubbing alcohol before closing it.
Next, disinfect the affected area and wash your hands properly. If the bite site doesn’t heal in a week or so, take him to the vet.
Always remember that with every adventure comes risk. But that doesn’t mean you should let your worries become a hindrance to your pet’s happiness. Hopefully, with these tips, you and your cat can go out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather!