With the Met Office issuing its first UK extreme heat warning yesterday, it is vital we all do our bit to stay safe in the beating sun. Sun cream, shade and plenty of fluids all contribute to an enjoyable summer for all… but what about our feline friends?
We all know from experience that cats can be difficult to control at the best of times! But don’t think there’s nothing you can do to help your precious puss enjoy the summer sun safely.
Take note and follow these simple steps to keep your cat cool whilst under the hot sun.
Plenty of fresh water and shade
Just like us humans, our cats need plenty of water and shade during particularly hot periods.
If you see your cat out in the hot sun, be sure to provide some shade using an umbrella, or even move your cat into a cooler part of the garden - if they'll let you!
Make sure there is also fresh water available throughout the day. Putting ice in their water will help keep it cooler for longer.
Be aware of *the symptoms of heatstroke in your pet:
- Panting which increases as heatstroke progresses
- Drooling, salivating
- Agitation, restlessness
- Very red or pale gums
- Bright red tongue
- Increased heart rate
- Breathing distress
- Vomiting Diarrhea (possibly with blood)
- Signs of mental confusion, delirium
- Dizziness, staggering
- Lethargy, weakness
- Muscle tremors
- Collapsing and lying down
- Little to no urine production
There are more fleas, ticks and mosquitoes in the summer. Keep them away!
Flying pests thrive in summer conditions meaning our pets are at greater risk of being harmed. They carry tapeworms, heartworms, and diseases such as Lyme or Bartonella that can put your pet at risk.
Be sure to ask your vet for the appropriate medical advice to keep your feline friend pest-free.
Do not leave cat food exposed to flying insects
Flies and other insects love cat food and commonly use it to lay their eggs. If they do this, throw the food away immediately! It is best to do this in an outside bin as if you use an inside bin, you could end up with more flies in your home.
Once disposed of correctly, clean your cat's bowl thoroughly before replacing with fresh food.
Another simple tip but one which could save your cats life. Sometimes it can become unbearable for cats to be indoors, especially if you live in a flat with little to no outside space. Make sure you have windows open where possible to give your cat the fresh air they need to stay fit and healthy.
Make sure you share this post with your fellow feline lovers and make sure all our beloved cats stay safe this summer!