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Summertime Cat Care

Posted May 21st, 2017 by admin

Summer time is rapidly approaching. In fact, while the calendar may not say the hottest season of the year has arrived, for those of us who live in the South, hotter temperatures have already made their appearance. And, while many people may look forward to warmer weather and fun in the sun, it is important to note that care must be taken for our furry friends to help them make it through those especially hot temperatures of the season.

As you think about those dog days of summer, don’t forget to take the following precautions for your feline friends, too! Here are few tips to keep your cat(s) purr-fectly happy this season.

Hot Weather Tips for Cooler Cats

• It should go without saying, but never leave your cat inside a vehicle at any time! Leaving the window open is NOT enough. Cats overheat especially quick and can develop heat stroke.
• Be sure to always leave ceiling fans or the ac running during the day!
• Fill up water bottles and freeze them. Once frozen, wrap the bottles in towels to provide a cool place for your cat to rest.
• Put ice cubes in their water bowl, and be sure they have a constant supply of water.
• If you have a cat that is frequently outside – especially during the day – consider bringing them indoors. However, don’t relegate them to a sunroom or one that doesn’t stay cool. Rather, consider a room with tile (or at least not carpet) as it will be cooler.
• If you take your cat on walks or runs, be sure to go earlier or later in the day when temps are lower.
• When your cat does go outside, be sure to a cat-safe sunscreen on its nose and ears. Your vet or a pet store employee can help you find one, if you are not sure what to choose.
• Keep in mind that senior cats, very young kittens and those in poor health need more TLC than younger ones. Be sure to schedule any vet appointments or other errands involving your cat for earlier or later in the day when the sun is not as hot.
• Cats like to sit on the ledges of window sills and screen porches. Be sure the screen is attached properly so they won’t fall out.
• For outside cats, consider having a simple water mister set up to help cool them down.
• Play a game of ice hockey with your cat. Throw an ice cube on the floor and bat it around with your cat. They will cool down, yet still get some exercise.
• Be sure your cat is wearing a flea and tick collar. These pests, and others, are worse during the summer so do your part to minimize the risks. Also, take time to check your cat for these pests and remove any that you see.

Summer weather can be enjoyed by everyone if just a little attention is given to planning and playing. Use these tips to ensure your cat is safe and healthy this summer. If you have questions about additional pet care, or perhaps need someone to help with taking care of your pet, give us a call today. We would love to help.

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