The weather is getting softer, the temperatures are rising: no doubt, spring is here. Good news for everyone, including our sun-loving kittens. Beware, however, because the new season does not come without its odds; parasites, allergies and poisoning …
Here are the threats of the season to be aware of for the sake of the welfare of your cat:
1. The parasites
It is important to regularly examine your cat against parasites, especially in spring. With the sun the temperature rises, which favors the proliferation of insects like fleas or ticks. And even if your pet comes out little, parasites can travel to your home by clinging to your clothes.
There are two types of antiparasitic agents, each of which fulfills a specific role: insect repellents have a prevention function. They remove fleas, mosquitoes and other unwanted parasites. Insecticides, meanwhile, kill pests in addition to repelling them.
Be sure to reserve each product for its intended use. A pest control is not used on a cat, and vice versa. If in doubt, do not hesitate to ask your veterinarian for advice.
Just like humans, cats are likely to suffer from various allergies. The most common is flea allergy, which in the cat results in Allergic Dermatitis with Flea Sting (or DAPP). A single sting is enough to affect a cat that will scratch itself sometimes to the blood.
With spring it is better to pay attention to allergies and look for symptoms: cough, vomiting, irritations … from the slightest doubt, it is better to consult a veterinarian. He will find the right remedy to calm the symptoms and prevent the allergy from gaining momentum.
Also, pay close attention to the processional caterpillars. Urticantes and highly allergenic, they are a real danger for the kitties!
3. Toxic plants
Spring also rhymes with the proliferation of plants and flowers! If they are pleasant to look at and perfectly embellish our gardens, some are very toxic to the cat.
The less harmful will provoke only a few irritations in our feline friends (like nettles). Others, once ingested, will give rise to digestive problems (honeysuckle, hyacinth, or ivy for example), or affect their heart (aconite, thrush) or their nervous system (belladonna, cannabis).
4. The Falls
Cats sneak everywhere, and with the sunny days we tend to open much more often the windows. But beware: a small pet feline quickly slipped out.
Although it is an agile animal, it is not uncommon for the cat to fall from a window sill or balcony. It is therefore recommended to be particularly vigilant. Even if you have swinging windows, cats will probably try to sneak out while taking the risk of getting stuck! Friends of cats, it is better to keep the windows closed or to install safety devices, to keep your companions safe from a fall which can be fatal.
5. The molts
Nothing more natural in spring for the cat than the loss of hair. Yet, poor digestion can provoke dangers rising from the hairballs that the cat usually spits out. They can cause vomiting, anorexia or intestinal occlusion.
It is therefore recommended to help attenuate the hairballs of our cats. For example, you can help your cat toileting to eliminate a part of its molt, or give it a diet high in fiber to facilitate its digestion.