Some important tips to help your cat pass the winter safely and pleasantly.
The days are already cool, we've already passed the shooter and now, the boots season is coming.
Weather changes affect all of us, but even cats, just like humans, are very affected by them and you can see clear changes in mood and behavior.
Orly Zakai, our cat's behavior counselor, explains the changes in winter cat behavior and gives us some hot tips for the cold days.
Know the snail position?
The more your cat catches, the more he tries to keep his body warm. This is a good sign for us to help him warm up. When you see him stretch and release the snail, you will know that much more
Warm and pleasant.
There are cats whose fur is much thicker and denser and can cope better with cold days. In addition, in winter the fur grows and fills naturally to keep the body temperature even when it is cold outside. However, if you have an adult kitten or cat in the house, they usually do poorly in cold weather and we need to help them keep the heat. For kittens, for example, the mechanism of maintaining and regulating body temperature is not yet developed, whereas older cats whose bones and joints are more sensitive may suffer from cold weather.
Could your cat be sad in the winter?
Cats are very sensitive to changes in light levels. The lack of light in autumn and winter affects the levels of serotonin, the hormone responsible for the nervous system and brain, and affects the mood of the cat. Lack of this hormone, may cause sadness, depression, lack of desire to play, pain and more. Your cat is a champion in finding the most resting place in the house to rest in. And you've probably seen him lying calm just at the point where the sun enters the house. Noki, my 21-year-old cat, for example, even though she can go out into the yard, drives through the window from the window to the sun. Allow your cat to be exposed to the sun each day and simply open the curtains and place a chair by the window or a comfortable comfortable cushion on the windowsill.
Do not you eat more in the winter?
Naturally, cats also eat more in the winter, so first of all let them eat a little more, do not avoid them. This is also an excellent opportunity to upgrade the quality of food because high-quality food is better absorbed in the body, so the cat gets all the energy and all the nutritional value it needs - both to strengthen its immune system and to maintain proper body temperature even in winter.
Going mad at home?
Playing time affects the health and mental state of your cat. So, when he can not play outside, be sure to do more physical activity. Play more with your cat, help him unload energy with fishing games, or any way he works. Match your games and activity time with your cat's age and ability and do not give up on fun time each day. So take the games out of the drawer and start today ...
If your cat is used to going outside, there is no reason to prevent it from being allowed, even if it is cold and rainy. Some cats love it. Let them decide. Of course it is important to make sure that he has the option of returning home as soon as he wants and that there is a hiding place outside. Sometimes they just enjoy sitting outside and looking out at the surroundings.
Where are the toilets here?
Some cats will prevent practical needs in the wet ground from the rain and will make a floor or sofa at home if they do not have a crate. Place a sandbox in the house during the winter, even if your cat is used to going outside and doing needs in the yard. Place the crate near a window for constant ventilation and not close to the food bowl.
So what did we have?
● For the heat - help the cat maintain body temperature (especially for older puppies and cats)
● For mood - allow him to enjoy more sunlight
● For health and immunity - go to the Winter menu: we gave him a little more food and improved his diet
● For energy and sanity - play with it!
● For ventilation - allow it to leave on rainy days
● For exits - organize a sandbox at home (preferably in a ventilated place and not near the dinner plate)