How to Winter Shop for your Cat?

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Winter is finally here, but is your home winter-proofed for your furry feline? Did you know that cats, whether they're furry or not, prefer to stay warm and cozy? In fact, they continuously search for places that help them stay balmy. This rule applies to feral cats as well, so don't be surprised if you notice your outdoor kitty taking a snooze in the garage or under a pile of autumn leaves.

Since temperatures do plummet significantly during the winter, it's essential to winter shop for your cat.

Here are some essential items that your kitty will need this winter:

1) Heated Cat Bed

Due to global warming, many places are seeing record-breaking temperatures. The best way to beat the cold is by providing your cat with a warm place to sleep and rest. A heated cat bed will keep your kitty nice and toasty. This is necessary for older felines and especially for those with arthritis as joint inflammation is rampant during the cold season. Cat beds are meant for indoor use. Plug them in and watch little Felix make himself cozy in his new bed.

2) Plush Bed

A plush bed is another excellent option for indoor cats during the winter season. It will keep your feline very warm without the need to plug it in. Some plush beds have a 2-in-1 option where the bed also acts like a cat mat. Plush beds are waterproof, windproof, and very inviting.

3) Laser Pointers

Cats get bored too. In the winter, they will need exercise to keep them engaged and challenged. When temperatures plummet, the last thing you want to do is get out of bed; the same thing occurs with cats. Before your feline gets overweight and bored, consider getting a laser pointer. This is the perfect winter accessory to keep your cat moving around. Simply point and press the laser. Your cat will surely run around and chase the light.

4) Cat Jacket

Even though your feline has lots of furs to help keep it warm, it will still feel cold. Many cats have a thick coat, so it's not necessary for them to wear cat clothes. However, if you have short fur or a hairless feline, a cat jacket will definitely be helpful in regulating their body temperature. Your cat can wear this indoors during the winter season.

5) Walking Vest

Some cats like to 'walk' outdoors, but this can feel difficult in the winter. A cat walking vest is the best accessory for your walking cat. It's simply a harness that's attached to the body of your cat with a leash that extends from it. It will help you manage your kitty outside, preventing him from escaping. Just be sure to try it out in the house before using it outside. Your cat may need time adjusting to the vest. Winter shopping for your cat is easy and fun. With these essential items, you and your feline can make the most of this beautiful season.

Taking Care of Your Cat During Winter

Now that winter is here is in full swing, how can you ensure that your cat stays safe, warm and protected? The colder months can be a bit difficult for cat owners since you have to find the balance between letting your cat be and making sure they are protected from the biting cold. With these few tips below, you can navigate that line better by not taking away your petโ€™s freedom while still caring for them.

  • Help them avoid frostbite

If your cat likes being outside and spends plenty of time outdoors, chances are they can manage and take care of themselves. Cats are very independent and capable that way. However, during the winter, itโ€™s always good to keep an eye out for a frostbite.

If your cat gets a frostbite, the ears are first affected, followed by the tail and the feet. So, if your cat has spent a lot of time outside in the snow, remember to always wipe their feet dry and clean when they come back inside. Also remember to dry their fur and make sure no ice is stuck.

  • Make sure to keep antifreeze away from your cat

Antifreeze, which is ethylene glycol, is an agent that is found in car radiators, de-icers and in screen washes. This is commonly used during winter for various purposes, but make sure to keep it away from you cat. If ingested, antifreeze can be fatal for felines. You have to be extra careful because cats are attracted to the taste of the agent, which means that they can likely sniff it out when it is close by. So, make sure to keep your antifreeze tightly closed and store it away. Even when there has been a spill, make sure to clean it up right away.

  • Keep them engaged indoors

If you want your cat to spend more time indoors and stay away from the icy cold outside, give them reasons to stay in the house. You can give them plenty of toys and fun activities to keep theme entertained, while still providing them with plenty of physical and mental exercise. For this, it is important that you set time apart to play with you cat too. The more engaged you are, the more excited your cat will be to stay indoors and spend time with you.

  • Fresh water inside and outside 

Your cat needs to stay hydrated at all times, which means that they need to have access to fresh drinking water both inside and outside. Your cat may have places to drink from outside on any other day, but during winter, there is a chance that these places could freeze up. So, make sure you keep a bowl of fresh water inside and outside the house for your cat.

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