Keeping Kitty Warm This Winter

Here are a five tips for keeping your cat warm and happy this season! 

Make extra pet beds and place them in warm spaces around your home so your cat can snuggle in on those cold, snowy days. If you are using a box, make sure it is low enough so your cat can climb in and out with ease. Your cat does not need much a blanket or a towel will do just fine. 

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There are several types of heated commercial pet beds on the market. Be sure to use beds made specifically for cats, rather than a heating blanket or pad which can burn your cat if it is too high.  It can also be a fire hazard if left on too long. 

Make sure windows are draft-free.  Put a bed or towel on a window sill so you cat can look outside and still stay warm.  Put cat beds in those sun-filled spaces so she can sun bathe and stay warm. 

If your cat is a senior, you may want to consider keeping your thermostat at the same temperature as when you are home.  Have the humidifier on as well to keep some moisture in the air and eliminate static electricity. 

 

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Keep up with your cat's nutrition needs and calorie intake.  It is important to monitor your cat's calorie intake in the winter and make sure he gets enough exercise to keep warm and active. 

Doing these small things can add up to a making a big difference in your cat's health and well-being.  If you are unsure of how to proceed with making your cat's environment winter-proof, check with your veterinarian. 

 

Introducing Feline Fix by Five

Historically, cat owners have not known when cats should be spayed/neutered. 
In addition, veterinarians were not in agreement as to when to recommend spay/neuter to their clients and many of them refused to spay/neuter before six months -  or until after first heat. The result was a huge annual surplus of feline litters.  

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At Feline Fix by Five, we aim to change that!

Nearly 75% of people surveyed in an IPSOS marketing project (which was commissioned by PetSmart Charities in 2009 and 2011) either did not know when to spay or neuter, or thought that 6 months or later is when a pet should be spayed/neutered.  

Timing is everything and the time is NOW! 

Research has shown that spaying before five months can have a dramatic impact on cat overpopulation by preventing young cats from coming into heat and producing unwanted litters. We need to lower the number of litters to be in proportion to the prospective homes. 

Spaying and neutering before puberty also helps with pet retention because it is the hormones that drive some of the unacceptable behaviors such as howling and spraying, aggression and wandering off – or getting pregnant.  Spaying prior to first heat virtually eliminates the incidence of mammary gland cancer in cats and prevents enormous suffering.

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