Posted 9th Sep 2016
Cats Protection are to visit the Malvern Autumn Show this September and will offer cat owners some valuable tips to keep their pet safe during the colder months
The event will run at the Three Counties Showground in Great Malvern, Worcestershire from 24-25 September, giving visitors the opportunity to get advice on keeping their pet safe during autumn and winter.
There will also be a range of feline-related merchandise and free cat care guides available.
The charity's events manager, Emma Osborne, said: "Most cats love to be outdoors, whether it’s a potter in their own garden or a prowl around the neighbourhood. There’s no reason why cats can’t continue to enjoy the great outdoors during the winter, but the colder weather and darker nights mean owners should take a few precautions to keep their cat safe."
She added: "When the weather is cold and wet, some cats may seek shelter in a shed or garage and could become trapped, so make sure your cat is always able to get back into the house, either through a cat flap or an open window or door."
Tips for keeping cats safe this winter include:
1. Be sure to keep your cats well away from antifreeze. This includes not using it in water features! And should you spill any, clear it up straight away.
2. During fireworks season, keep your cat in after dark and provide a safe area with a litter tray, food and water bowls along with a place to hide. Ensure that all of the doors and windows are closed to prevent your cat from escaping and keep outside noise to a minimum by keeping your curtains drawn. A pheromone plug-in diffused can also be used as a way of decreasing anxiety and can also have a calming effect - it's well worth starting to use this a couple of weeks before fireworks season begins and site it in the room where your cat will spend the majority of his time.
3. As evenings become darker, there will be an increased risk of road accidents. Therefore try to keep your cat indoors overnight, and time meals to coincide with rush hour to help to keep your cat away from busy roads.
4. Ensure your cat is fully vaccinated to keep it healthy against diseases and parasites. Neutering is crucial in preventing unwanted kittens being born and to reduce roaming, helping to keep your cat closer to home.
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