Autumn Hazards for Kitties

Can you believe that summer is officially over? The leaves will start changing soon, and the weather will start to cool. Fall is a beautiful time of year here in the northeast, but it does bring some dangers for our furry friends. Below, a Webster, NY veterinarian discusses some autumn hazards for kitties.

Flames

Candles and fireplaces will give your home a warm, cozy, glow, but they are very dangerous for kitties. Burn candles in high, secure spots, and use grates to keep Fluffy away from the fireplace.

Parasites

Veterinary care is important all year round, of course. However, in fall, you’ll want to make sure that Fluffy is current on her vaccines and parasite control. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Chemicals

In autumn, many people start preparing their properties for winter. Lawn and garden chemicals, such as herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizer, are all highly toxic to our feline friends. Fluffy could get sick just by walking through an area that was recently treated, and then licking her paws! Antifreeze is another concern: it’s extremely poisonous to cats, but unfortunately also has a taste many kitties like. Wipe up spills immediately, and put sand or litter on damp spots.

Weather

Autumn nights can get very cold, very quickly. Sleet, snow, and freezing rain are also not uncommon in fall. Keep your furball happy, warm, and comfortable indoors. If Fluffy is allowed to go outdoors, make her an emergency shelter, such as a storage tote with a hole in one side.

Holidays

Halloween can be a dangerous time for cats. Err on the side of caution, and keep your feline friend indoors around the autumn holiday. Keep Fluffy in mind as you put up decorations and set out candy. While some cats will ignore these trappings, other frisky furballs may try to play with them or even eat them, which can be very dangerous. Better safe than sorry!

Outdoor Hazards

Cats that go outdoors will face many dangers in fall. Leaf piles, for instance, can harbor snakes or other animals, and may also contain dangerous mold or bacteria. Also, many wild animals will be looking for places to hibernate, and may be more aggressive than usual. We strongly advise keeping Fluffy safe and sound indoors.

Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local Webster, NY animal clinic, anytime!

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