A Pawsitively Warm Winter for Your Favourite Cat!
I must admit that I love living in the Vancouver area. While a lot of Canada has been deluged with snow storm after snow storm we haven’t seen a snowflake here in months. I do love the temperate weather and it’s one of the many reasons that I love living on the west coast. Fortunately for the rest of Canada as we’re coming near the end of February, winter will hopefully be coming to an end soon too. I know many people up north and back east will be happy to see all that white stuff disappear!
Even though we haven’t had snow here (thank goodness) we’ve had some chilly days and many are certainly feeling a bit blue with the days being grey and not as much sunshine. Many of us are in hibernation mode, when the cold weather comes we want to stay inside and snuggle up by the fire place or in a cozy blanket. Certainly our cat Oliver knows how to hibernate and he does it with style and without a care in the world.
I love sitting on a chair or couch and have Oliver join me, he’s a snuggly boy who likes to curl up on your lap or even around your shoulders. His purr is quite comforting and he can certainly warm up our toes if he’s lying at our feet.
I say make the most of your time with your beloved cat this winter, whether they’re a long-standing family member or recently adopted, your cat may need the extra love and care – and what better time than in the season of love? Sadly, according to the Ontario SPCA, nearly one-fifth of cats were returned to shelters in Ontario in 2013, post-holiday. The top three reasons included cats conflicting with other pets in the home, allergic reactions, or facing behavioural problems, including litter box issues. I’m a big advocate of doing research before you adopt a pet and knowing that it’s a lifetime commitment, their lifetime. You can read my post on holiday pet adoption tips that can apply to any time of the year HERE. Remember animals are not to be dropped off at shelters because they’ve become inconvenient, they love you unconditionally they deserve that back.
Ensure you spend quality time with your cat to make them feel at ease and part of the family, consider the following:
Treat their tummies: Make sure your cats maintain a healthy and balanced diet. This may require consulting your veterinarian. Just like humans, cats have different nutritional needs depending on their age and health. Otherwise, stick to quality food and fresh, clean water. Despite popular belief, milk shouldn’t be their main source of hydration and may actually cause stomach discomfort.
Set the stage: Just like we want to curl up during the cold winter, so do our cats! That’s why it’s important to make sure your cats are comfortable. Cats are naturally very clean so an untidy litter box won’t do. Try Arm & Hammer™ Clump & Seal™ Complete Odour Sealing Cat Litter, the only litter that forms a tight seal around their mess and destroys it with unique odour eliminators and Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda. Also, place litter boxes far from food areas and use the North and South, East and West rule. Putting food and litter at opposite ends of your home encourages proper practices.
Toy with trinkets: Cats are incredibly curious about their surroundings. They’ll pounce on anything that moves, rolls or sways. Pair a scratching post with a ball of string, a feather teaser stick, or even a stuffed mouse – any of these will do the trick! Just be sure the items you bring are safe for your cat and cannot be swallowed or easily torn apart.
Cozy up with your furry little feline this winter and enjoy a lasting companionship!
For more tips and information on taking care of your pets, visit OntarioSPCA.ca.
Cats of all ages and especially older ones adopted from pet shelters give you back 110% of the love you give them. So spend some time with your cat when you can and enjoy their purrrfect personality 🙂