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From shedding to allergies – is your cat ready for spring?

Although some of the plant life in our gardens may have been confused by the UK’s warmest December on record, spring is only now on the horizon. Many of us will be looking forward to the longer, warmer days and those who enjoy getting their hands dirty in the garden will have already made plans for the year ahead.

But with plants and wildlife slowly nosing their way out of their winter shelters, how can cat owners – especially those with gardens – ensure they are fully prepared for the new season? Here are some tips to ensure your spring goes swimmingly.

tabby cat lying in flowers outdoors

Like humans, cats enjoy the warmer weather. Photo by G-Tinnetje via flickr / Creative Commons


4 ways to get your cat ready for spring

1. Ensure they are neutered, microchipped and vaccinated

2. Allow them to 'hunt' with indoor play

3. Shedding increases in spring, so get brushing

4. Look out for signs of hayfever and other allergies

blue bird flying into garden bird box

Ensure birds can easily reach their nesting box entrances. Photo by Billtacular via flickr / Creative Commons


3 ways to make your garden safe for cats in spring

1. Avoid toxic plants and pest control

2. Keep visiting birds safe

3. Use cat-friendly garden deterrents


Springtime is a wonderful time of the year to be outdoors in the UK and a few simple, practical steps will ensure your cat and garden are ready for the season ahead.

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