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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cat Care tips on Tuesday

House Panther,Domestic Cat,Miss Diamond,Winter

A car's engine is quite warm and some cats, especially feral cats, may find this a comfortable place to rest in the bitter cold. Serious injury occurs when the car is started while a cat is sleeping on the engine. (Just ask Dante and he'll tell you all about it!) If ferals abound in your area, your human should honk the car's horn before starting it, to give any cat that might be sleeping there a chance to escape.

Some communities use salt in the winter to help prevent slips and falls caused by slippery icy. When you walk on salt covered surfaces, some of the particles can become trapped in the fur on your feet. Routine grooming can then result in ingestion of the salt and gastrointestinal upset. Salt can also be caustic to the pads of the feet. If you go outside, have your human clean your feet when ice and salt abound.

Last week I talked about easy to make shelters for feral cats. I forgot to add that if straw bedding is used, it will need to be periodically changed. The straw can become moldy creating a variety of skin and respiratory problems. If towels or a blanket is used, they should be collected and washed periodically.

For indoor cats, dry air heat can give even healthy cats dry skin and dull fur during winter.

Have your human check for dry, flaking skin by rubbing your fur the wrong way on your back, especially near the tail. This is where loose hair starts. Also check cheeks and ears for dry skin.

Diet can be a good combatant for dry skin and dull fur. Add a serving of canned food to a dry food regimen during the winter. If you really prefer dry food, have your human snip open a capsule of fish-oil concentrate, wheat-germ oil, or cod-liver oil, and sprinkle over dry food. You will like the taste! This should be done every other day. Oil from oil packed tuna may also be used. It can be drained from the can and stored in the refrigerator, where it will last up to a week!

Extra brushing and combing of your coat by your human also helps in maintaining a beautiful fur coat during the winter. And you will certainly want to look your best for the Holly Days!


Tybalt said...

Great tips, Diamond! I will get mommy on this right away. Ivy loves to snuggle right up to the heatbox, so I'm sure she needs that extra oil for her skin and furs.

Eduardo said...

Thanks for the tips Diamond!
Hugs & Snugs
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

Daisy said...

Diamond, I'll bet your tips will help many cats stay safer and happier this winter!

Mickey said...

Pawsome tips Diamond! Everycat should read this(or their beans at least)
I really like that picture too!!! It's really nice :)
Purrs Mickey

Sunny's Mommy said...

I don't have to worry about the out of doors stuff, but I'm glad you posted this! Daddy needs to brush me more so I'm going to make him read this. Thanks, Diamond.


Evie/VampyVictor said...

Miss Diamond it looks like you iz walking through a fairyland! Did you see something in the tree? :))
You are very thoughtful to post some tips for kittehs and their Mommas.
All very impawtant stuffs that sometimes the Momma become complacent with :))