Summer Tips for Your Cat
The sun is shining and the temperature is climbing. This might mean more time spent outside with your cat. Being overeager in the hotter weather though can spell danger for our furry companions. Here are some simple precautions recommended by the ASPCA to help keep your loved one healthy and safe during the hot summer months.
- Visit Your Veterinarian Today
- Make sure your cat is up to date on all vaccines.
- Make sure your cat is on a good veterinarian recommended flea and tick prevention.
- Make sure your cat is on a good veterinarian recommended heartworm prevention.
- Make sure your cat is microchipped due to being outdoors more and that the microchip has been registered with the company and the information is up to date.
- Keep Cats Cool
- Always have clean, fresh, cold water available. Cats, much like people, can become dehydrated very quickly.
- Be careful not to over exercise.
- Be sure outside cats have plenty of shade.
- Keep inside on extremely hot days.
- Light weight haircuts (never to the skin).
- Brush cats more often to help remove excess hair.
- Be cautious when walking cats on hot asphalt. The excess heat can cause serious burns to the paw pads. Also being closer to the ground allows cats to pick up heat off the ground.
- Never Leave a Cat in a Car
- Even on a cloudy day with the windows cracked the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 120 degrees within minutes.
- In some states it is illegal to leave a pet inside of a vehicle.
- Can cause a fatal heat stroke.
- Heat Stroke Warning Signs
- Increased heart rate and or respiratory rate
- Excessive panting
- Difficulty breathing
- Mild weakness
- Glazed eyes
Can Include –
- Bloody diarrhea
- Body temp greater than 104 degrees
If you suspect your cat may be suffering a heat stoke please contact your veterinarian immediately.
- Sun Protection
- Sun protection is very important to cats.
- Consider applying sunscreen to light skinned cats or to any cat that has been shaved.
- Make sure to only use sunscreen that is labeled for animal use.
- NEVER use any sunscreen or insect repellent product on your cat that is not labeled for animal – DEET in many repellents can cause neurological problems – ingestion of these products can cause upset stomach.
- Indoor Pet Safety
Make sure that if you are opening windows/doors that the screens are secured in place. Falling out of windows or doors can cause serious or fatal injuries.