Spring is in the air! It’s time to start putting away your winter clothes and embracing all the great things that spring has to offer. For some of us, spring is a time for us to celebrate the Easter holiday. While spring brings new life and activities for us to enjoy, there are a few things to be mindful of when bringing them around your feline friend.

 

Spring Items to Watch Out For

1. Lilies

These lovely little flowers are a spring-time classic that you see pop up at this time of year. Many bouquets and green houses feature lilies of one or many varieties. However, nearly all lilies are dangerous to cats and should be skipped or removed from flower arrangements that your cat could reach.

 

2. Easter Grass

Usually placed in Easter baskets or gift baskets, this colorful, stringy craft item is an incredibly tempting toy for many cats. Playtime usually leads to chewing and accidental ingestion, however, which can pose a serious health risk for your cat. Avoid any vet emergencies this holiday by opting out of having this in your basket!

 

 3. Candy

In general, candy should not be a treat option for your cat as most candies are almost all sugar. However, many sweets and candies can contain artificial sweeteners, such as xylitol, which is toxic to cats. Be sure to keep the candy locked up securely and away from where your cat could get it.

 

 4. Spring Cleaning Products

Cleaning is a great way to freshen up your home and eliminate things like bacteria and pests. Many cleaners can be toxic, however, and little paws stepping across a wet floor could lead to your cat ingesting harmful chemicals when they groom themselves. Using pet-safe cleaners in and around your house will ensure your kitty stays safe and healthy.

 

5. Pesticides and Insecticides

The return of many bugs during spring is unavoidable. Just like you, they are ready to enjoy the warm weather again. Unfortunately, this sometimes means they make their way into your house, garage, and garden. Use caution when applying both and remember to keep your cat away from the area for as long as possible. Having a window open will also help the room be properly ventilated and keep your cat safe.

 

Other Things to Keep Your Cat Safe This Spring

 

Vaccinations

Spring time might mean it’s time for a checkup, so be sure to see if your cat is up-to-date on all of their vaccines. Vaccinations can help your cat build a strong immune system, especially against pests like ticks.

 

Flea and Tick Medication

The warmer weather leads to fleas and ticks becoming more active as they come out for the breeding season. Make sure your cat is on a regular flea treatment to avoid bites, diseases, and skin reactions and never use flea and tick medication meant for dogs on cats.

 

While keeping your cat safe this spring, why not celebrate the warm weather by incorporating new activities into your cat’s life. Building an enclosed catio with durable cat furniture is a great way to provide your cat with a safe outdoor area for them to explore, play, and hide!

 

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