It’s fall. Do you know where your cat is? We ask because this is the season that we start seeing more and more feline trauma cases here at the Rannals Small Animal Hospital.
If your cat is like mine, it loves warm summer weather. It’s great for lazing around the house or back yard. But as summer ends and cool nights start to bring fall weather, a cat’s attitude also begins to change. Felines become more active during cool weather, especially at night. So what, you ask? Well, as cats become friskier in cool weather, they tend to begin to roam more at night and that can spell trouble.
Most of the bad things that happen to cats outdoors happens at night.
That’s when cats and other animals are moving around more, searching for food or just exploring when things cool down. Whether it’s being grabbed by a roaming coyote or fox, or attacked by a dog or another cat, night time, especially in the autumn, is danger time for cats. So we see most of our cat fight abscesses, most hit-by-cars, and most other trauma in cats come into the clinic in autumn. And it’s also through cat fights that your kitty can become infected with fatal viruses like feline leukemia virus (felv) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
For years we’ve advised our clients to keep your cat indoors at all times.
The reason is, it’s been determined that indoor cats on average live twice as long as outdoor cats. But what about the cat that is bound and determined to duck out the door whenever you open it to take out the trash? Well, you can approximate the same life expectancy if you make sure to get your kitty back in the house at nightfall, when all the “bad stuff” tends to happen. In fact, my wife and I have trained our cat, Buster, to expect a treat (Feline Greenies) whenever we retrieve him from our front yard in the evening.
Do your best to keep your feline friend indoors, and expect him to live a longer, healthier life. For more information, all us at 903-839-7235.