Summer is time to enjoy the long sunny days, beautiful flowers and plants, and barbecues and swimming. But did you know that all of these can be a hazard to your cat?
Sunny days mean potential heatstroke and sunburn. No different than their owner, cats need shade and plenty of water to keep cool. If they’re near a lot of sunlight, even if they’re inside, make sure they have a place to get out of the sun because they can get sunburned and potentially skin cancer! If a cat gets overheated – indoors or outdoors – then they can end up in the ER with heat stroke.
Many plants – inside or outside – can be poisonous or an irritant to cats if ingested. It’s best to not have any plants easy for them to chew on, and if you have a cat or kitten that does like a green leaf to chew on, then plant some wheatgrass in a low pot so they can enjoy healthy greens that are good for them! It’ll also take care of their desire to chew on green, leafy plants. You can find a full list of poisonous plants to watch out for on the TICA site.
If your cat goes outdoors (which we don’t recommend!) then be careful about barbecues with burning or smoldering charcoals, and swimming pools that the cat can fall into easily. It’s good to know how to care for burns and a cat that is drowning in case your vet is closed or an emergency clinic is not close by.
Another hazard are insects: from biting fleas, to stinging ants and wasps/bees. Be prepared and ask your vet what is best to have on hand if your cat gets stung. Also be proactive with flea prevention: talk to your vet about recommended methods to control fleas on your cat and in your house. A safe method of controlling flea populations in your yard is to have nematodes sprayed by a professional organic lawn care service. Microscopic, nematodes are happy to munch away on fleas and their eggs, fire ants and aphids.