We may rejoice in the return of sunny days, spring presents its share of dangers for cats. Follow the guide to properly protect your little feline from parasites and other risks associated with spring.
The weather is getting milder, the days are getting longer, the temperatures are rising: no doubt, spring is here. Good news for everyone, including our sun worshipers. Be careful though, because the new season does not come without its share of dangers. Parasites, allergies and poisoning …
Here are the seasonal threats to watch out for in the spring to your cat’s well-being:
1. Parasites that affect cats in spring
It’s important to regularly treating your cat for parasites, especially in the spring. With the sun the temperature rises, which promotes the proliferation of insects such as fleas or ticks. And even if your pet does not go out much, the parasites can travel to your home by clinging to your clothes.
There are two types ofpest control, each fulfilling a specific role: theinsect repellents have a preventive function. They repel fleas, mosquitoes and other unwanted people. Insecticides, meanwhile, kill pests in addition to repelling them.
Warning to reserve each product for its intended use. An antiparasitic for dogs cannot be used on a cat, and vice versa, and these products represent a real danger for the cat or the dog if it is misused. If in doubt, do not hesitate to ask your veterinarian for advice.
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2. Cat allergies wake up in the spring
Just like humans, cats are susceptible to various allergies. The most common is flea allergy, which in cats results in Allergic Flea Bite Dermatitis (or DAPP). A single bite is enough to affect a cat who will sometimes scratch to the point of blood.
With spring, it is therefore better to be careful of allergies and watch for symptoms : cough, vomiting, irritations… As soon as you have the slightest doubt, it is better to consult a veterinarian. He will know how to find the right remedy to calm the symptoms and prevent the allergy from growing and becoming a real danger for the cat.
In addition, also pay close attention to processionary caterpillars. Urticating and highly allergenic, they are a real danger for the tomcats!
3. Plants that are toxic to cats
Spring also rhymes with the proliferation of plants and flowers! If they are pleasant to look at and perfectly complement our gardens, some plants are dangerous because very toxic to cats.
The less harmful will only cause a few irritations with our feline friends (like nettles). Others, on the other hand, once ingested, will give rise to digestive disorders (honeysuckle, hyacinth, or ivy for example), or will affect his heart (aconite, thrush) or his nervous system (belladonna, cannabis).
Consult our list of dangerous plants for cats
4. The risk of falls
Cats sneak around everywhere, and with the sunny days we tend to open the windows a lot more often. But beware: a small pet cat quickly slips outside and puts itself in danger.
Although he is an agile animal, it is not uncommon for the cat to fall a window sill or balcony. It is therefore recommended to be particularly vigilant. Even if you have swinging windows, the cats will probably try to sneak out, taking the risk of get stuck ! Cat friends, it is better to keep the windows closed or install safety devices there, to keep your companions safe from a fall that could be fatal.
5. The cat’s moult in spring
Nothing is more natural in spring for the cat than the loss of hair. However, poor digestion can make the hairballs that cats spit out dangerous. They can be at the origin ofvomiting, anorexia or bowel obstruction.
It is therefore recommended to help reduce the hairballs of our cats. For example, we can help with his toilet to eliminate part of his moult, or give him a diet rich in fiber to facilitate digestion.
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