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Cold weather care tips for your cats from Kriser's

Even the heartiest of outdoor cats need to keep warm during the cold temps of winter.
Even the heartiest of outdoor cats need to keep warm during the cold temps of winter.Carrie Dow

Although the Polar Vortex has abated, the temperatures are still cold out there and people need to bundle up. The same applies to our feline friends. While cats can tolerate colder temps than we can with warm fur, cats are still susceptible on very frigid days and at the night the temps dip even more. Brad Kriser, pet expert and founder of Kriser’s, has these tips to keep our feline friends safe and warm through winter.

  • Bang on your car hood: Cats often hide under warm car engines when we park our cars. Giving the hood a good warning bang will give the cat time to wake up and escape safely.
  • Clean up the antifreeze: Antifreeze is deadly to both cats and dogs and the sweet taste of this toxic product makes it attractive. Keep the garage and driveway clean and the bottle cap tight and out of the reach of cats. Symptoms of antifreeze poisoning include vomiting, drooling, stumbling, and loss of appetite. If you suspect poisoning, call your local animal hospital or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-213-6680.
  • Watch for frostbite: Outdoor cats are susceptible to frostbite especially on the tips of the ears and paws. If you find signs of frostbite on a cat, immediately immerse the frostbitten area in warm water until the tissue becomes flushed. Consult a veterinarian for topical or oral antibiotics to heal any damage.
  • Regularly check paw pads: Ice melting products, such as rock salt, can burn or irritate a cat’s paw pad. Cats may also lick these areas causing them to ingest these toxic products. Always clean a cat’s paws with a moist towel after each outdoor adventure.
  • Set up a shelter: Provide a draft-free cozy place for outdoor cats if possible. Even the heartiest of outdoors cats enjoy a soft warm place to sleep. Don’t we all?

Kriser’s provides all natural foods and treats for pets along with toys, pet products and grooming services. The latest addition to the Kriser’s stores family is in Lakewood at the Promenade at Denver West near Colorado Mills Mall. Visit the store out at 14710 West Colfax Avenue open 9 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday and 10 AM to 7 PM Saturday and Sunday.

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