Each season brings with it new hazards and situations that you have to keep an eye on if you want to keep your cat safe. Now that winter is wrapping up, you need to make sure that you are aware of all the hazards that your cat could encounter this spring, and what you can do to help keep your cat safe this spring.
#1 Avoid Using Pesticides In Your Garden
If at all possible, keep pesticides out of your garden if you have an outdoor cat or if there are outdoor cats in the neighborhood. Pesticides that are designed to lure and kill insects can look really yummy to your cat. For example, snail bait will not only make your cat feel bad; it can actually be fatal. If you have insect and snail problems, try to stick to natural methods for dealing with these pests.
#2 Watch What You Plant
Be careful what you plant in your yard. You don't want to plant any vegetation that could prove harmful to your cat. Some garden classics, such as tulips and azaleas, are actually poisonous if your cat digs them up. Make sure that you check and see how any plants or flowers will impact your cat and other animals in your home before you plant them. You don't want to plant poison in your own yard.
#3 Keep Your Lawn Short
It is a good idea to keep your lawn short. Your lawn can gather up the pollen in the springtime. When you mow your lawn, you help keep the pollen count in your yard lower, and you reduce the amount of grass seeds in your yard. Pollen and grass seeds can irritate your cat's eyes and ears, and excessive exposure can be painful for cats with allergies and can even lead to infections. So make sure that you stay on top of mowing your lawn and keep the grass short this spring.
#4 Be Careful with Spring Cleaning
When spring hits, so does spring cleaning. In the springtime, many people engage in cleaning activates and use cleaners that they don't use the rest of the year. When you do spring cleaning, make sure that you move your cat's bedding and toys away from your cleaning area. Keep your cat out of the room that you are cleaning in until you are done, and the fumes from the cleaning products have settled. Always read the side and the warnings on any cleaners that you use; make sure that they are safe to use around pets such as your cat.
Contact a vet office like Stewartstown Vet Services for more information and assistance.