September is here which means we’re closing in on our Canadian winter! Your family is in hibernation mode – and your cat knows how to do it best!
Make the most of your time with your beloved cat this winter, whether they’re a long-standing family member or recently adopted, your cat may need the extra love and care. Sadly, according to the Ontario SPCA, nearly one-fifth of cats were returned to shelters in Ontario in 2013. The top three reasons included cats conflicting with other pets in the home, allergic reactions, or facing behavioural problems, including litter box issues.
Spending quality time with your cat(s) this winter is important to make them feel at home, part of the family, and welcome in the home! If you need a couple tips for keeping cats happy and warm this winter, consider the following:
Treat their tummies: Make sure your cats maintain a healthy and balanced diet. You may need to consult with a veterinarian about diet choices, especially if your cat has any health issues. Just like humans, cats have different nutritional needs depending on their age and health. Otherwise, stick to quality food (avoid byproducts when you can) and fresh, clean water. Despite popular belief, giving your cat milk can cause a plethora of stomach problems and discomfort, so be sure and stick to water! One of the easiest tips for keeping cats happy you can follow and it’s done by making great choices and laying a healthy foundation for them.
Set the stage: Just like we want to curl up during the cold winter, so do our cats! That’s why it’s important to make sure your cats are comfortable. Cats are naturally very clean so an untidy litter box won’t do. Try Arm & Hammer™ Clump & Seal™ Complete Odour Sealing Cat Litter, the only litter that forms a tight seal around their mess and destroys it with unique odour eliminators and Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda – and it will make a huge difference in how happy your cat is based on how clean the litter box is! Also, place litter boxes far from food areas and place the food and litter boxes on the opposite end of the house to encourage proper practices.
Grab some fun trinkets to play with: Cats are incredibly curious about their surroundings. They’ll pounce on anything that moves, rolls or sways as they’re instinctively hunters. Pair a scratching post with a ball of string, a feather teaser stick, or even a stuffed mouse – any of these will do the trick! Just be sure the items you bring are safe for your cat and cannot be swallowed or easily torn apart.
Keep some cozy blankets on hand: Blankets appeal to cats just as much as they do to humans, and if you’re trying to get through the Winter this year, you’ll want some blankets anyway! Consider buying your cat his/her own blanket to cozy up with this Winter.
Cozy up with your furry little cat this winter and enjoy a lasting companionship!
Disclosure: I am part of the Church & Dwight ambassador program and I was provided with one or more of these products free of change for review. All options are strictly my own.