Is Your Cat Winter Ready?

Cats spend a lot of time sleeping and gravitate towards warmth. The right bed will protect them against winter chills and cater to their habits. Choose from cocoons, heated beds and beds that let them scratch or burrow. Always position beds away from draughts.

Cats enjoy nocturnal outings, even on cold, winter nights. A reflective collar will keep them safe and visible, especially older cats and those with darker coats. Make sure it slips easily over their head but is snug enough to be comfortable and stay in place.

Even if your Cat has a thick, furry coat, it may still feel the cold. A heat mat is a perfect way to provide extra warmth, especially for older cats with arthritic joints. Look for signs of cold, such as shivering and cold ears.

Cats spend more time indoors during winter and need access to a litter tray. A tray should be at least one-and-a-half times the cat’s length from nose to base of tail and be positioned in a discreet corner away from food, water and busy thoroughfares.

Good litter hygiene is essential for the health of your cat during winter. Choose a litter that is biodegradable and has good odour-neutralising properties. Cats will be most comfortable with the material they were weaned to as a kitten. Keep the tray clean and empty regularly.

Brushing your cat regularly is especially important during winter, to remove burrs and support good circulation. Bristle brushes are available for grooming long and short coat types. Rubber brushes are perfect for massaging the skin and stimulating the growth of thick, healthy, winter fur.