Winter is upon us, and while you’re planning your next big outing, you may be worried about how to keep your cat safe during the cold weather. While it’s important to remember that all cats are different, there are some general guidelines when taking your pet on outings this winter.
As per the National Pet Owners Survey 2022 by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), around 45.3 million families home a cat in the US. If you are one such family and planning an outing, this blog is for you.
In this article, we’ll discuss some of our best tips for keeping your cat comfortable during picnics in the winter months.
Feed Your Cat Before the Car Ride
Cats are pretty independent when it comes to food. But if you’re planning on taking your cat on a road trip, it’s best to feed them before you get in the car.
It’s not that your cat will be hungry while you’re driving. It’s more about preventing motion sickness and helping your cat feel comfortable in the new environment. Cats can get motion sickness just like humans do, and if they throw up their last meal, it could make everyone around them uncomfortable.
If you have time before you leave, consider giving your cat a treat or two before you leave for the trip. It will help ensure they stay healthy during the ride.
Find Shelter From the Sun
When it comes to sheltering your cat from the sun, you can do a few different things. You can search out a shady spot where your cat will be comfortable and lounge around. If you don’t find one, consider bringing a tent or canopy that allows you to create shade for them. Another option is using an umbrella. Either get one with you or find one at the park where you’re going so that you have something handy when needed.
Finally, if all else fails and there’s no place for your cat other than in direct sunlight, ensure they wear clothing that protects their bodies from being burned by ultraviolet rays. Some owners also use parasols, which is a good idea if there isn’t much wind blowing around.
Keep Your Cat Protected From Pests
It’s not only the winter cold that can pose a threat to your cat. Pests like fleas and ticks can also be problematic during the summer months. Fleas are known to cause cats discomfort, but they can also make them sick or worse. Ticks carry Lyme disease, which is rare in cats but potentially fatal if left untreated.
If you want your cat to enjoy their time outdoors while protecting them from these pests, get a Seresto cat collar with flea and tick protection. Not only will this keep your pet safe from bugs that may try to bite them as they play outside, but it will also save you time spent combing through their fur after each outing in search of these unwanted guests.
Bring Lots of Water
Cats love to spend time outdoors, but when winter comes around, it’s essential to ensure your cat is comfortable. During the summer months, your cat may be able to drink water from a puddle or other sources outside.
However, during the winter picnic season, you must ensure you bring enough water for your cat, so they don’t run out of hydration. According to PetMD, a normal, healthy cat drinks about half a cup of water per 5 pounds of body weight daily.
Cats don’t like drinking standing water because it can be contaminated with bacteria and parasites. Because of this, we recommend bringing portable fountains or collapsible bowls on your picnic trip so that your kitty doesn’t have to worry about finding new water sources while exploring nature with you.
Give Extra Care to Senior and Pregnant Cats
Older cats, pregnant cats, and kittens are more susceptible to illness and injury. Ensure they have access to food and water and provide shelter from the sun if possible. They may need additional warmth, so ensure they have a cozy bed or blanket.
Ensure that other pets do not disturb them, which can cause stress and lead to illness. Check on them frequently to know how they get on during your picnic.
Planning Ahead Will Help You Have a Great Time
When you plan, you give yourself time to think about what trip is best for your cat and how much it will cost, saving you money in the long run. Buying some things once, like a kitty tent or a new bowl set, is cheaper than buying them repeatedly every year when they get lost or broken during camping trips. Purchasing an automatic feeder will be worth the extra expense because it helps relieve stress for everyone involved.
Planning ensures no one gets stressed out about getting ready for their road trip. And then there’s nothing worse than traveling with someone stressed out. It also means no one has any unpleasant surprises like forgetting something important in their rush to pack up all their belongings before going off into nature together as a family unit.
Cats can be a part of your picnic experience, too. With some planning, you can ensure that your cat is safe and happy while you enjoy the great outdoors. Remember that when it comes to picnics, it’s all about being prepared. So plan and bring everything you need so that everyone in the family has fun, including your feline friends.