How To Have Fun With Your Cat In Springtime?
Spring is a time for rebirth. Leaves are bursting forth from trees, flowers are opening their petals, and the world is waking up after its winter slumber. The longer days and warmer temperatures bring a surge of energy. It's a perfect time to walk and play with your cat in the fresh air and sunshine.
6 Fun springtime activities for you & your cat
The days are lengthening, the sun is getting warmer, and your cat is ready to celebrate the arrival of spring. Here are some fun things you can do with your favorite feline companion:
1. Teach your cat to walk on a leash
Walking your cat on a leash is a great way for both of you to get exercise, fresh air, and mental stimulation. Start with short walks around the house until your cat gets used to the leash and harness. Then progress to brief walks in the yard, then maybe down the block, working up to longer outings as your cat becomes more comfortable. Don't forget to bring lots of treats!
2. Go for a hike
Spring is the perfect time to take your cat on a hike. The weather is nice and there are lots of critters for your kitty to chase. So take your cat on a hike through the woods or along your favorite trail. Just be sure to have your cat on a leash or in a carrier while you're out and about for safety's sake. And bear in mind that you should always keep an eye out for hazards like poisonous plants and animals.
3. Head over to the farmer’s market
Your cat may not be able to help with picking out fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s market, but they can still enjoy the experience of visiting one! Before heading out, make sure you take precautions for your cat’s safety such as keeping them leashed and making sure they don’t eat any non-edible items.
4. Have a picnic
Picnics are the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors. Cats love sitting in the sun, so pick a nice day and fill up a picnic basket with treats for both of you. When you're done eating, gather some twigs or grass and tie them together for a homemade cat toy. Just be sure there aren't any chemicals on them — if you're not sure, buy some organic twigs from a pet store.
5. Bird watching
Your cat will love watching birds fly above or bathe in the sun from an open window. And this is a great activity for you too! You can get lost in the beauty of nature while enjoying some quality time with your favorite feline friend.
6. Go camping
Camping with your cat is one of the best ways to bond with your cat, and spring is the perfect time for it. The weather is mild, and there are often fewer bugs than in summer. For cats who love the great outdoors, there's nothing better than sleeping under the stars in the woods with their family. Just remember to keep your cat inside a carrier at all times so they don't sneak off into the woods while you sleep.
How to keep my cat safe while enjoying springtime activities?
There are dangers in the great outdoors, just as there are at home. Let's take a look at some of the things you should be aware of and how you can protect your kitty while enjoying the warm weather.
Choose the right gear
If you want to walk your cat outside, train your kitty to wear a harness and leash. The harness & leash allow you to control your cat's movements and keep them from running off into trouble. It is particularly crucial if your cat is in an unfamiliar environment; they may be tempted to explore (and get lost) while they're enjoying themselves! Cats are notorious escape artists, so before you begin leash training your kitty, make sure their harness fits snugly on their body with no loose straps that could easily slip off their body or get caught on something.
Make sure your cat is well-socialized
Some cats can feel overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, and smells of the outdoors and become scared or stressed. It's a good idea to socialize your cat and help them become more comfortable with new environments and situations. This will make your cat less likely to run away and reduce the chances of them becoming aggressive towards people or other animals.
Keep flea and tick medication up to date
Parasites like fleas and ticks come out in full force during warmer seasons, especially when there's an abundance of moisture from rainfall and dew, and they can infect your cat. Make sure you're protecting your feline friend from these pests year-round, especially if you live in a warmer climate.
Keep all toxic substances far away from your cat
Another concern for cats in warm weather is poisoning from antifreeze, which is used in cars and other vehicles and can be found leaking on driveways and in garages during the springtime. Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol, which is sweet-tasting and appealing to pets but highly toxic. Also, be sure that pesticides used in lawns and gardens do not contain any ingredients that are toxic to cats.
Be aware of seasonal wildlife
As spring approaches, wildlife — including snakes and lizards — emerge from hibernation and are more active than in winter. These creatures can be harmful, even deadly, to your cat. Keep an eye on your cat when they're outside, and make sure that they don't come too close to any wild animals you see in the area.
Watch out for poison plants
Cats are curious and they often poke their noses or even nibble on things they shouldn't. Some plants are particularly dangerous to cats, and your cat could be poisoned by eating the leaves or flowers or even just brushing up against them. Symptoms of poisoning can include drooling, vomiting and diarrhea, lethargy, and seizures. You should contact your vet immediately if you suspect your cat has ingested a toxic plant.
Whether you’re a brand new cat parent or a long-term one, there is definitely much to enjoy about the wonders of spring. Get out there this spring and enjoy the great outdoors with your cat! Just remember to keep an eye on the sun and stick with our safety tips.