With longer days and warmer weather, you might think spring is a better time to be a cat than winter. However, there are some springtime hazards for cats that us owners should be looking out for to help our pets play safely at this time of year.
Read on to find out how you can make your garden and home a safer place for your cat this spring!
Slug or snail pellets
As your garden plants start sprouting, you’ll no doubt want to protect them from the slugs and snails looking for a bite to eat. Before using any pellets though, check the label for a substance called ‘metaldehyde’.
This compound is extremely poisonous to our feline friends and other pets; even eating a small amount can cause them to become seriously, in some cases even fatally, ill. If you suspect Ginger might have ingested some, seek urgent veterinary treatment.
So, scout out pellets without metaldehyde to keep your veggie and plant patches a safe spot for your kitty.
Flowers and bulbs
Everyone loves springtime flowers! Well, every human at least. For our cats, they can sometimes be another hazard.
Bulbs of some popular flowers, such as daffodils, tulip, hyacinth and narcissus, are poisonous to cats if eaten. Cut flowers can also be toxic, especially lilies - they shouldn’t even drink the water these have been in.
Keep this in mind when choosing which flowers to have around the house and garden and where to keep them.
Allergies are always on the increase during spring, and can affect your fur family too. Though rare, you might notice that your cat is itching and scratching more than usual in response to the pollen that’s about. A trip to your vet will help you confirm if this is the cause and what the best solution to their reaction may be.
Ever seen your cat attempting to chase insects? While they might not always be very successful in catching them, this kind of play does set them up for potential stings from wasps and bees.
Reactions to stings can vary from painful but harmless, to much more serious, so it’s worth doing as much as you can to keep cats away from these insects. If you see a bee or wasp in the house, safely remove outside and try your best to watch out for encounters in your garden.
More time outside means more chance of ticks. As we’ve blogged about previously, these are pesky parasites who love to make themselves at home on our pets.
If you know there are lots of ticks in areas where your cat roams regularly, it is a good idea to use a tick treatment designed to be used on cats - take care not to use the same one you use on your pooch, as they can be dangerous for your kitty! A tick treatment should ensure that find themselves attached to your cat are killed.
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