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    How to protect a cat in winter?

    Articlegeneral cat adviceFriday 28 October 2011

    Although we have the autumn outside, all the responsible cat lovers should think about their felines. Cats can experience the same winter woes as us humans so it's better to be prepared for this. Read the article below and learn how to protect your cat in winter.

    First of all you should try to keep your cat indoors during cold weather. Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause hypothermia or frostbite in cats. The survival instinct in cats makes them search warmer places and so they tend to hide under warm car engines when it's cold, which can be very dangerous when the vehicle is started. You should feed your cat a quality commercial cat food that contains Omega-3 fatty acids or, if feeding a homemade diet, supplement it with essential fatty acids. You can break open a fish oil capsule or purchase liquid fish oil to add to the food. This will fortify the coat and make it grow thicker for the colder months. Vitamin E is also a good supplement for healthy skin. You should make sure your cat has a soft and warm place to sleep. If you still haven't found place for your kitten you should get it as soon as possible! The couch, a cat bed, comfortable mat or a lined cardboard box with a warm blanket should be just perfect.

    Brush your cat more frequently during colder weather to get rid of dead skin cells and dander. That will also help to prevent the shedding. If it's necessary to bathe your cat, use a moisturizing shampoo that is made specifically for cats. Human shampoo can irritate a cat's skin since they have a different pH balance. You can learn more tips on how to bathe your cat here.

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