Keeping your Cats Cool over the summer months
Body language is the key
Pale-coloured cats are vulnerable to sunburn; particularly on their ears, noses and sparsely haired areas.
Sun damage can lead to skin cancer which may require extensive surgery – even amputation in severe cases.
The best prevention is to keep your cat indoors when the sun is strongest, between 11.00am and 3.00pm.
Alternatively, cover vulnerable areas or regularly apply a non-toxic waterproof human sunblock or a product specifically for pets.
Seek prompt veterinary advice if your cat’s skin looks sore, crusty or scaly.
Your cat needs access to clean water at all times, ideally in a large bowl filled to the brim. Older cats are particularly vulnerable to dehydration.
Grooming is important
longhaired cats, in particular, A tangle-free coat will protect cats delicate skin and keep them cool. Some cats may need their coats trimming speak to your local Groomer seek advice from a professional groomer.
How to keep your cat cool and prevent heatstroke
• Cats can suffer fatal heatstroke within minutes
• Make sure your cat has access to clean water at all times, ideally, a large bowl filled to the brim
• On hot days let your cat outside during the cooler parts of the day, in the early morning and late evening
• Watch your cat for signs of over-heating, including heavy panting and loss of energy. If you recognize these signs, encourage your cat to have a drink.
• Signs of heatstroke include collapse, excessive panting, and dribbling. If you suspect your cat is suffering, move them to a cool place, preferably with a draught, wet their coat and contact a vet immediately. Avoid overcooling by using cool, not freezing, water.
Curious cats seek out cooling breezes in the summer, and at this time of year, vets treat around a hundred cats with serious injuries after falling from heights when their owners open the windows. Sadly, some do not survive their injuries.
To keep your cats safe and the temperature low inside your home during the summer months, either install tip and tilt windows, which allow air into the room without offering access outside to curious cats, or use wire mesh, netting or a screen across windows when they are open to prevent the cats getting out.
Our pets owners are always the best to know if there is a problem “body language is always the key to knowing if your pet is stressed out especially during the warmer months!.