A little while and we can enjoy beautiful and warmer weather, I can not go fast enough! Our pets are also happy with spring and perhaps your cat may go outside and you can go on longer walks with your dog. In order to optimally enjoy the spring together with your pet, I have put all useful and practical tips for you in a row.
1. Check if your pet has been chipped
For dogs it has been required for some time to wear an ID chip subcutaneously, but this will also be mandatory for cats. Spring is a good time to go to the vet to check if your pet is chipped if you have doubts about it. This can be linked to an overall health check and a weighing moment, so after the winter.
Check whether the chip is well registered and the data, such as address and phone number, are correct? Because without good registration the chip is useless and your pet is not traceable.
2. Prepare your cat to go outside
Do you want to let your cat out for the first time? First of all, remember whether you live in a safe neighborhood and whether your cat can come on the street or get away? Then it is better to drop off your garden, because it is a great risk to release your cat in the city.
Do you still want to let your cat out? Prepare your cat for that; explore the environment together so that your cat can orient himself before he is left free.
On the day you feel that your cat knows where your house is, you can choose a nice quiet morning where you your cat is going to let go. Make sure you are at home all day to keep an eye on things and to reward your cat with something delicious when it comes back. It does not matter if your cat does not have all day food at his disposal, he’ll be happy to come back for something tasty!
My extra tip: lubricate your cat’s paws with butter for the first time that he himself has left his environment outside may explore. It works like this: something on his paws will slow down your cat, because it is not nice that stuff on his paws. He will sit down, bit from licking, looking around for a little while and having the time to orientate instead of rushing to all those new places and not knowing where it is!
3. Make your garden catproof
Is your cat allowed to go outside in the garden but not on the fence because it is too dangerous outside? Make sure that your garden is well protected and check that the current fence / shielding has not broken or has come loose. Cats find the smallest spots to escape.
Check out this Facebook page for good tips to shield your garden!
4. Hang address and phone number to your pet’s collar
Although your animal is chipped, it is recommended to attach an address tube or plate to the collar. In the spring many cats get lost because they have spring in their bulb. Also for dogs this is not a luxury!
If something bad happens, it is the hope that your dog or cat is quickly found. With an address tube, the finder can contact you quickly, without first having to go to the vet to have the chip read.
In cats, choose a collar with a special safety clasp, which can easily come loose if your cat is stuck to sit down.
5. Be alert to fleas and ticks
Although there is a chance to catch mainly fleas throughout the year, the flea and tick season begins in the spring. Let your veterinarian inform you well which drugs work well, because there are also drugs in circulation that many parasites are resistant to.
Prefer not to use chemicals? Consult a veterinary naturopath and what it can mean in that area.
6. Do not let your dog eat too much grass
In the spring the grass will grow again and especially young, “green” grass will find dogs very tasty! It tastes sweet and in practice I see almost all dogs eating from their group walks.
A bit of nibbling on the sweet grass does not hurt, but large quantities can cause stomach problems. Nibbling on fresh, soft and young grass is usually not used to vomit. For this, most dogs prefer the somewhat prickly grass that stimulates the stomach wall more.
7. See if you can run loose in your favorite runaway area
In some runaway areas you can not walk away with your dog from the spring until the summer. This is because of the breeding season, to give birds the rest and the time to lay their eggs and raise the offspring.
Respect these rules, because birds can get very stressed from stray dogs running through their safe tufts and that disturbs the breeding season .
8. Hang bells on your little tiger
Is your cat a good hunter? There is a good chance that it will soon be found somewhere near a bird’s nest and wait until the parents are gone or the young birds fly out. Every year, many garden birds become the victims of these robbery actions; we have a lot of cats and that can seriously affect the birds.
Hang your little tiger bells, it does not always help but it can alert the bird parents in time to defend their offspring. I had to hang up to 3 bells for my cat, but it did help!
Does your cat still catch a bird and does it still live? There is a big chance that these injuries have occurred (sometimes not clearly visible through feathers), but then take the poor bird to a bird sanctuary to have them checked and allowed to recover. Chances are the bird saves it and after a while it can fly out again.
9. Watch with Easter eggs
Yes we all know it, but can not be said often enough! Watch out for chocolate, which is toxic to dogs and cats! So take a good look at where you hide the Easter eggs, and do not put them down at dog or cage height.
Did your pet get chocolate inside? Call the vet right away and ask for advice
10. Notice which spring flowers you buy
In the spring we like to collect beautiful flowers and bulbs to cheer up our home. But first ask yourself which flowers and plants you can take home. Many spring flowers are poisonous for cats and therefore you should not choose.
Pets can gnaw at boredom or pure ignorance and this can cause dangerous poisonings.
Read here which flowers and plants are poisonous for cats
11. Pollen and allergies
I always sincerely hope that your pet never developed an allergy, because from practice I see how annoying that can be for the owner and especially for the pet! But it is, unfortunately, increasingly common that, just like humans, our pets develop allergies. This can have all kinds of different causes, but in the spring many different pollen are released from different trees, plants and shrubs and can cause vague allergic symptoms.
If you suspect that your pet has an allergy, please contact for advice. on with your vet. A veterinary naturopath can also mean a lot for animals with an allergy.
12. Be alert to poisoning by garden feeds
Many people are going back to their garden to make this spring trial, but unfortunately there will also be people who use poisonous products to eradicate weeds and keep snails out of their garden. These substances are (sometimes) dangerous for our pets and the chances are that they actually get it inside.
Read all about poisoning in pets here
13. Book a babysitter for your cat in time
Perhaps you are already making holiday plans, a nice sun holiday far away? Or rather closer to home? But who can fit your cat? Cats are much more comfortable if they are allowed to stay at home, that’s what makes them a nice diaper vacation!
Be sure to reserve a cat sitter in time! In the official vacations we are quickly full, especially for the summer holidays you have to give your reservation already in May.
Read all about our cat sitter service here and contact us here.
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