If your cat has been a couch potato over the winter, it’s probably looking forward to getting out again now that spring is definitely in the air.
But although the sun and warmer weather make pets feel happier (and hopefully lift our spirits a little too in these uncertain times), spring is a time to increase your vigilance as hidden dangers lurk and cats’ seasonal foes come to the fore.
With this in mind, the team at Clent Hills Vets offer some reminders of what to look out for this season.
Most cats love being outdoors, but this is where they can pick up fleas in the warmer weather, so it’s a good idea to make sure you’re up to date with their parasite protection. If you’re uncertain just email the Clent Hills Vets’ team for advice – [email protected]
- Allergies are fairly common in cats and this is the time of year they will most likely start kicking off. Look out for vomiting and diarrhoea as these can both be symptoms of allergies.
- Hairballs are a nuisance – both for your cat and anyone who’s ever stepped on one with bare feet. Cats shed more fur as the weather warms up so try to get into a regular schedule of brushing your pet’s coat to remove excess loose hair.
- Plants – It’s a favourite time of year for gardeners but some common plants, including amaryllis, azaleas, cyclamen, daffodils, and lilies, can be poisonous to cats, so check your garden against this list from cats.org.uk
If you have an appointment coming up or if your cat needs urgent attention, then please read our latest COVID-19 information.