A sponsored post for Frontline
They say curiosity kills the cat. Sadly, it sometimes does. It can be stressful having a curious cat. I’ve had one. Once upon a time, when I was 14 or so, we were driving down the road. A car behind us was beeping. Repeatedly. My Dad was swearing to the stars, complaining about what an aggressive driver he was. As soon as we stopped, the man jumped out of his car and ran to our window. “Do you have a small tabby cat?”, the man asked, his eyes wild with worry. “Yes!” I cried. “Well it flew off the roof of your car halfway down Allambie Road” the bloke said. I couldn’t believe it. My Dad, somewhat dismayed about this surprising samaritan, listened to where my cat was said to have detached from the car, and we drove back to where she was. Sure enough, we found my Winnie, sitting in the bushes, stunned as a mullet. She never slept on the car again, and lived to the ripe old age of 19.
As a pet owner, a curious cat makes you worry with fear. My fur babies are indoors and a little bit shy. Wallace, my sister’s cat, is all kinds of curious. You couldn’t make an indoor cat out of Wallace if you tried. He is desperate to get outdoors each morning, and he’s anyones when he does. He bumps noses with dogs, talks to people on their walks, scuffles down drains, climbs roofs, trees and all sorts of things. He has frequent trips to the vet and has been known to have been located inside strange homes late at night.
My poor sister, does not know where he goes. She can only identify the extent of the adventure, by how wet, dirty or covered in ticks he is by the end of the day, before he is safety locked indoors at night. He has had many trips to the vet, for ticks, ringworm, and a bung eye so far in his short life. You can’t stop him from adventuring, but there are things we do to make Wallace a little safer. Fleas, Ticks & Worms can become a curious cat’s worst nightmare, not to mention cars or fighting with other animals.
Here are some ways we make him safer:
- Keep him indoors at night
- Check for ticks regularly and use Frontline Spray for Cats
- Make sure he has access to water and lots of it, (as he is known to get parched and puff like a dog)
- Regularly treat for fleas using Frontline Plus for Cats
- Have lots of toys for him at home, to try to curb his wandering ways.
Tick are a real worry where we live. They can make your kitty very sick, causing paralysis, difficulty breathing or in sudden death. You must check your outdoor kitties and dogs for ticks. Thankfully this can be done just by giving Wallace a thorough cat pat, paying attention to areas around the neck, armpits or collar where a tick might nestle. Using Frontline Spray will kill ticks at every stage of their very annoying life cycle.
Treating fleas is a much easier win these days, not like setting off the flea bombs of the eighties. You can apply Frontline Plus in two seconds while you’re giving your cat a snuggle. Open the vial, spread the hair at the back of the neck, like my sister is doing here in a place that Wallace can’t reach. And waaahhhlllaaaa, no fleas for 4 to 8 weeks.
Just one less thing to worry about, while Wallace goes about his day. Now to figure out how to stop him climbing on the roof.
You can find more out about Frontline by visiting here or have a chat with your vet about your cat’s needs.