Get our ‘happy cat’ guides for winter and christmas care
Keeping our feline friends happy this winter can seem a little tricky. Our experienced cat loving vet Scott Carpenter and the team at Estcourt Vets have pulled together the best advice on all the things your cat needs to be happy in the colder months – keep reading below.
Scott also has a bonus ‘Festive Happy Cat Guide’ for you to download! As well as winter weather related issues that can affect your cat’s mood, Christmas can be a time of hazards and stress for them too. Take a look at Estcourt Vets’ guide on:
Top tips for keeping your cat happy this winter
Vet Scott Carpenter wants owners to know that their cat’s behaviour may be affected once the weather starts to get colder. This often comes hand-in-hand with changes in routine which can leave your cat feeling a little down in the dumps. The 3 main aspects to provide are warmth, stimulation, and comfort. Scott has sat down with the clinical team at Estcourt Vets and collated their advice below – contact us on 01380 723687 if you would like to discuss your cat’s health and behaviour with us.
Keep your house at a comfortable temperature and use a safe method of heating if leaving your cat unattended. Open fires and gas fires can be very dangerous for pets home alone.
Letting in sunlight through the windows will improve your cat’s mood! Scott often hears stories of how the windowsills of your home are your cat’s favourite napping spots!
Avoid cold draughts
If your cat has a resting spot, make sure they’re away from draughty areas. If there is a cold draught, try investing in a draught excluder or seal for your door/window to keep the heat in.
Invest in some toys for your cat that mimic prey movement to keep their brain active. Scott emphasises the importance of making sure you put aside time to play with your cat this winter.
Engage their senses
Puzzle toys, scratching posts, and interactive feeders will help to keep your cat entertained.
Making time to groom your cat over winter can help them feel pampered and act as a distraction to spending more time indoors. It also allows you to remove excess fur and debris to prevent matting and keep them happy.
Provide climbing spaces
Cats often defy gravity when it comes to climbing, so indoors it shouldn’t be any different! Scott recommends installing high-up shelves near windows so they can watch the world go by from above!
Rotating their toys will help to prevent boredom this winter.
Cosy sleeping spots
In your cat’s usual sleeping spot, when temperatures drop think about adding in a soft blanket and maybe a heat pad. This will keep them toasty and happy.
Maintain litter box hygiene
You may need to increase your litter box cleaning routine if your cat is spending more time indoors. Make it clean and comfortable for them to help keep them healthy.
Along with the above, Vet Scott Carpenter recommends ensuring your feline friend always has access to fresh water and monitoring their food intake over winter – you can ask our team about seasonal changes to nutrition needs for cats.
Plus, regular vet check-ups throughout the year will help to make sure they are not developing any underlying health conditions that could be more prevalent in the colder months. To book a winter health check with Estcourt Vets, contact us on 01380 723687 or book online.
Share these top tips with other cat owners in Wiltshire and don’t forget to download our Festive Happy Cat Guide too!< Back to articles