Summertime Care for Kitty
How many times every summer do your Mom and Dad tell you to make sure you have sun cream on when you go outside? Every time right. Our pets need protection from the sun also. Cats, and dogs, can get sun burnt too. They can even get skin cancer.
If your cat [especially if they have light colored fur] loves being outside on hot, sunny days here’s what you need to know …
One of the most important parts of your cat to protect is its ears. That’s because they most always have little or no fur there. It means their ears can sunburn really quickly.
In the Mediterranean countries, where it is hot and sunny all year long, there are a lot of cats with both their ears missing. To save their cats life from skin cancer the owners have had the Vet take the ear off !
So, before your cat heads out for some “fun in the sun”, rub some high factor sun cream onto the ears, and any other areas, that are not covered with much fur.
Some thing called Heat Stroke can be a big problem for cats in the summer. Heat Stroke is when your cat has gotten way too hot way too fast. Some cats even can die from this. It can happen very fast and if your cat is having heat stoke they are going to pant like crazy, will be wobbly on their legs as they try to walk and will look like they have no idea where they are going.
To help your cat to not have heat stoke make sure there are lots of shady places in your yard and have 2 - 3 water bowls around the yard. The bowls should have fresh water and be in the shade also.
If you think your cat is having heat stroke, cool them down right away in a bath of cool water and then call, or take them to, your vet.