With the changing season comes inclement weather especially more rain and wind so our cats may not want to venture outside as much due to the change in temperature.
**Please take a look at the ISFM website as this gives a detailed and comprehensive list of poisonous plants that pose a risk to our felines in the home and outside. **
In the damper months your cat will feel the cold more, even more so if the your cat is elderly so providing a soft warm fleece in a basket, cardboard box or bed will help them snuggle up. You can get heat pads like the “Snugglesafe” one which you can warm in a microwave and place in the fleece or blanket. There are fleece lined radiator beds which attach to a radiator which some cats really enjoy. For older cats there are orthopaedic fleeces that have an inbuilt layer to conduct heat and help ease stiff joints.
Keeping our cats more mentally stimulated in the colder and damper months when they choose to stay indoors more, will help keep them be more active and a great way of doing this is by playing with them or giving them toys to investigate and to express their natural predatory behaviour. Popular and inexpensive toys are rolled up bits of paper or tinfoil or ping pong balls. Other fun toys for cats are laser pens just be careful not to shine the laser in their eyes, the Frolicat bolt laser toy from Pet Planet is one that is free standing and runs off batteries it fires a laser beam in different directions for 15 minutes at a time and then switches itself off. “Cat TV” which you can select from your laptop, phone or IPad shows birds chirping and jumping about or fish swimming on and off the screen this keeps cats entertained for ages. A sensory style toy from Catit Senses is available which is a food maze and a boredom beating game. ** Remember to never leave your cat or kitten unsupervised with any toys that can be eaten or shredded. Young children should be encouraged to play with the cat using fishing rod style toys so that their body parts can be out of reach from an exuberant cat who may get over excited when playing.
I hope that these tips help and may I wish you all a happy and enjoyable autumn.