In spring, outdoor enthusiasts are increasingly drawn outside again, the thick winter fur gives way to the light summer fur and the risk of parasites increases again. The following tips from the "Terra Faelis" veterinarian Hanna Stephan will reveal what this means for you and your fur nose.
Support fur changes in spring
In spring, cats no longer need the cozy winter plush. When changing fur to the airy summer dress, the velvet paws lose a lot of hair and can use your help. So it's best to brush your fur nose every day in spring. Veterinarian Hanna Stephan advises: "It is important to use a good, intact brush and always brush in the direction of the fur. Special cat brushes, which comb them out gently, help against particularly stubborn undercoat."
If you support your cat when changing fur, it is not just a matter of not distributing as many cat hairs in the apartment. The help is especially important for the health of cats, as otherwise hair balls can get stuck in the stomach or intestines and, in extreme cases, can lead to dangerous intestinal obstruction. The veterinarian explains: "Due to the change of fur and more intensive cleaning with the tongue on our own, our velvet paws swallow more fur, causing dangerous hairballs to form in the digestive tract." She recommends: "If you suspect malt paste is a good remedy and preventive measure against the dangerous fur accumulation in the cat's stomach."
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Beware of worms!
In spring, especially outdoor enthusiasts are at increased risk of catching parasites such as ticks or worms. For example, worms can be transmitted when cats eat an infested mouse. Fleas can also be considered as a cause of worms. On average, free-time users need a worming treatment about four times a year, this is rarely the case with house cats, but they can also become infected.
You can see worms in cat droppings, for example, or have your cat tested for worms by the vet. In any case, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian in case of doubt. Hanna Stephan warns: "Deworming preparations should always be purchased after consultation with and at the veterinarian. Not every worm type reacts to the same remedy. Many medicines from the Internet or from the free trade are not effective and should therefore neither be bought nor used."
In the second part of the spring guide for cats, tomorrow you will learn valuable nutrition and husbandry tips from the "Terra Faelis" veterinarian Hanna Stephan.