Every year we are told the same news stories, “This will be the coldest winter on record!” We all find it harder to get up in the morning and brace the cold, but a lot of us forget that our pets feel exactly the same. Whether or not these news stories are true, or simply a slow news week, it is still vitally important to prepare your beloved pets for the colder months ahead. The dedicated team here at Hafod Y Bryn take the health and safety of all animals incredibly seriously, but here we will look further into how those of you with felines can keep your cats cosy during winter with advise from the experts in our cattery!
You may have noticed that your outdoor cats are spending less time outdoors and will often curl up in some random places. Don’t be fooled; these places are usually the warmest that they can find in your home and will be enjoying every second they are there. If they persist in exploring the outdoors then there are some easy tips that you can follow to ensure they are warm when the venture back indoors.
- Do not choose to leave your cat outdoors for extended periods of time. If they tend to venture further afield, try calling them back with a box of their favourite food in hand. They will certainly be familiar with the sound of their favourite food being moved around!
- This simple rule should be followed more strictly for older cats. They will certainly be susceptible to the colder temperatures that winter brings.
- Find your cats favourite places to sit around the house and ensure that they are as warm as possible. Adding blankets to their baskets, boxes, and beds will be much appreciated during the winter.
- An open fire will inevitably become a cat magnet over winter. Ensure that your fireplace is covered to protect your cat (and family) from any flying sparks.
- A radiator bed specifically designed for cats, fits snugly on top of most radiators and will almost become your cat’s favourite place to sleep.
- Your cat is sure to eat a little bit more as the colder weather sets in. This is no cause for alarm, as they need to build up their resistance to the cold.
- Your cat can grow bored during their time indoors. They are sure to appreciate some extra quality time to stimulate their need for entertainment.
We hope that this advice has been helpful to you; however, should you require further advice on looking after your cat during winter (perhaps your are a relatively new cat owner), then do not hesitate to contact the Hafod Y Bryn team who will be more than happy to discuss this with you.