The summer months have started to arrive, and with them come unique summer cat dangers that any good owner should take heed of. Many of these dangers can be easily avoided by simply being aware and taking a few simple precautions.
We’ve compiled a list of the top 8 reasons that cats often end up at their local veterinarian office.
Yep, it isn’t just humans that can get burned from the sun if they’re exposed for too long. This is especially true for cats who have lighter colored coats. How to fix it? Find an animal safe sunscreen, such as Epi-Pet Sun Protector Spray for Pets.
You can apply this to your cat’s nose and ears, which are the areas most likely to get sun burned.
This is the most common summer cat danger, and one that we’re all already aware of. Of course, the safest way to ensure this never happens is to keep your cat indoors.
If this isn’t possible, try a reflective collar that has the ability to quick-release if it gets caught on something, and neutering your cat so that they are less likely to feel the urge to roam.
Bites and Stings
Do a quick visual inspection of your cat daily to check for any bites or stings. Sometimes you won’t notice the bite, but there are symptoms you can take note of, such as pain, diarrhea, vomiting or swelling.
If your cat isn’t acting like their normal self, it is always safest to take them to the vet for a check-up.
The same goes for various poisons, and this can happen both indoors and outdoors – especially if you’re spring cleaning or your neighbors might be spraying pesticides.
If your cat is exposed and treated immediately, the prognosis can be good. Otherwise, a cat can go downhill pretty quickly, so stay alert.
One type of poisoning you might not be aware of is toad toxicity! If your cat happens to lick a toad (cats do lick the weirdest things… I’ve given up trying to understand), you might notice frothing at the mouth, seizures and wobbliness.
Get your cat to the vet promptly.