Now that summer is here (hopefully) there are a few things that can be done to keep your cat safe, healthy and comfortable.
White and pale cats are vulnerable to sunburn, particularly on ears and noses, where hair is sparse. Just like with humans this can lead to skin cancer which may require surgery. It’s best to try and keep cats indoors when the sun is strongest particularly for cats that like sunbathing! Also use sunblock on vulnerable areas you can buy special animal products of use a non toxic human sunblock.
It is important for your cat to be hydrated so make sure there is access to a fresh bowl at all times, it’s also a good idea to keep one outside.
Cats can get warm quite quickly and you might find them seeking out cooler places to lie such as the hearth or tiled floor. Some cats also like to lie in front of a fan. Please look out for signs of overheating such as lethargy and panting, encourage your cat to go somewhere cooler and have a drink. If you think they are suffering from heatstroke -collapse, lethargy and dribbling you can also help them to cool by damping their fur with cool not cold water and seek veterinary advice. Outside provide areas cats can find shade such as under large leafy plants, bushes or man made structures.
If you like to have your windows open then a curious cat may find this irresistible and you may need to use window restrainers or a screen to prevent an indoor cat escaping or falls from heights.
It is easy for a cat go wander into a shed, garage or greenhouse and get accidently shut in, if your cat goes missing check these first (and your neighbours) as it can have dire consequences.
Please remember alot of plants, especially lilies are toxic to cats. Signs of plant poisoning are difficulty breathing, drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, excessive drinking, staggering and possibly changes to heart rate. Urgent veterinary care will be needed.