Summer is here, and that means fun in the sun for us and our four-legged family members.
While long days outdoors create priceless memories, they can also present hidden dangers to your pet.
By following these simple guidelines, you can make sure your cat is enjoying the summer safely.
Keep your cat hydrated
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Cats that run around in the heat or spend time outdoors need to drink plenty of water.
A cat who is five percent dehydrated will develop the first signs of heat stress, while a cat who experiences 10 percent dehydration will become seriously ill.
To avoid dehydration, you always have it fresh bowls Water around the house and yard when your cat goes outside. There are many types of portable bowls that are convenient to carry when you travel with your cat or take your cat with you.
Under normal circumstances, most cats consume about one ounce of water for every pound of body weight per day. In hot and humid conditions, your cat may need three to four times this amount.
Cats also get a lot of moisture from their food, so make sure they are fresh. Wet food in the summer months.
Cats can get sunburned, so protect them
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Cats are prone to the same damage from ultraviolet rays as humans. This is especially true for white or light-colored cats and areas of the body that are thinly haired, such as the nose, face, and ears.
Cats’ eyes and noses are very susceptible to damage from sun rays because they are typically lightly pigmented and often exposed to direct sunlight.
I recommend using a children’s sunscreen that contains avobenzone – also called Parsol 1789 – a UVA blocker and octisalate, which blocks UVB rays.
Avoid sunscreens that contain zinc oxide, as accidental ingestion can lead to a serious condition called hemolytic anemia in some pets.
Chill when it gets too hot
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On hot days, it is best to keep your kitten indoors where the temperature is regulated.
Even a cat that is allowed to roam could be trapped in a shed or under a house where the heat is greater and more intense. Trapped without water, a cat can kill on a hot day.
It’s best to just stay indoors, where it’s nice, cool, and safe and there’s plenty of drinking water.
Think about water safety
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If you have a swimming pool, your cat may be pulled over for a sip of water. This poses several dangers.
Your cat could fall in the water and drown, or drink enough pool water to cause gastrointestinal discomfort.
If your cat is going out and drinking from your pool, then it’s best to get one Pool alarm that notifies you when someone or something falls into your pool.
Watch out for thunderstorms and fireworks
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Depending on where you live, summer time also means afternoon thunderstorms and holiday fireworks. Many pets are afraid of loud noises, and these events create a great deal of anxiety and stress.
If your pet becomes destructive to loud noises or behaves abnormally, help is available. In addition to great pharmacological treatments to help your pet relax during these stressful times, there are over-the-counter drugs that can help.
Gradual desensitization using storm records works remarkably well for most pets.
Life-saving appliances, Valerian, melatonin, dog calming pheromone (DAP), and other natural products can also help some cats.
Talk to your veterinarian about ways to calm your kitten if he is particularly frightened during a storm. There is no reason why anyone should crouch in a closet or destroy furniture out of fear.
Protect against heartworms, fleas and ticks
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After all, warm weather brings out the pests. Every cat should be protected.
Depending on where you live, you may need heartworm prevention year round. Heartworm disease is fatal in dogs if left untreated, and there is no treatment for cats.
In addition to heartworm prevention, most pets need flea prevention, especially during the warmer months. There are several options, including newer, greener options. Many newer heartworm preventives also contain a flea preventive.
Talk to your veterinarian about the safest, most effective flea prevention for your pet.
Cats living in wooded areas are often exposed to disease-carrying ticks. Many flea repellants also protect against ticks. A mosquito, flea or tick bite is too much for any pet. Don’t put your pet’s health – and your money – at risk by putting your pet at risk.
Today’s preventive agents are highly effective and extremely safe.
Summer is a great season for people and animals. The activities you share with your pets this season will last a lifetime. Be smart and safe and work up a sweat!
What other tips are there to keep cats safe in the summer? Are you building any memories with your cats this season? Then let us know in the comments below!
Ernest E. Ward, Jr., DVM is the owner and chief of staff of Seaside Animal Care, a nationally recognized, award-winning small animal practice.
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