Cats love being outside for the fresh air, the freedom and to enjoy the sunshine as well as the chance to run around and get some exercise. Aside from the possible legal implications of letting your pet cat roam free, there are dangers to your cat and its health.
If you are living in one of the more, shall we say, hot, sticky weather areas of the world and you are a cat owner, you need to take some special precautions for your cat? And your cat is going to agree with you! They cannot tell you when they are hot or uncomfortable in any way, just like a child.
Have you ever thought of your cat safety? The cat and other pet animals are also prone to any diseases that it may get during the coming summer season. Here are the tips you may be followed and this is very important to take the following to keep your pet safe especially for your cat.
Adjust your exercise routine
Your cat won’t be able to walk as far or as fast when it’s hot outside. On extremely hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Keep in mind that the asphalt can get hot enough to burn your pets’ paws. And always give them plenty of water during your walk or anytime they’re outdoors.
Limit the time outdoors
Cats can only release body heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Comparing to human some of the pet has much harder time to cool down their body, worse they can easily overheat. Snub-nosed animals are especially susceptible to heatstroke because they have a harder time panting.
Protect your pets from fleas and ticks
Summer is prime time for such parasites, but many flea and tick control products contain dangerous pesticides. Opt for a natural flea and tick repellent — like Flea ‘n Tick B Gone — that is effective and safe for your pet.
Be careful of sunburn
Pets can get sunburned if they’re out in the sun too long. The cats with light-colored noses and fur are especially susceptible. So if you plan to be outside for a while, put a natural, non-toxic sunscreen on your pet (on his nose, ears, and top of the head, especially).
Recognize the signs of heat stress
All danger signs are a rapid pulse, heavy panting, lethargy, and vomiting.Bring your pet inside and apply cool, wet towels after bringing your pet inside if you notice any of these. Call your vet immediately.
Be careful around pools and water
Not all pets can swim, or get out of a pool if they fall in. Pets should not have free access to pool areas; they should use them only when supervised. If you will be visiting a lake or other body of water, you may want to get a cat life preserver to help keep your pet afloat.
Keep your cat indoors
It can be tempting to let your cat outside in the summer, but this increases their risk of getting hit by a car, getting into a fight with another animal or a contracting disease.
Watch out for poisons
Lawn fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides and certain garden plants can be dangerous, even fatal, for pets. Avoid them for your cat safety.
Make sure screens are secure
As you open your windows to let in the fresh air, make sure the screens are secure. Otherwise, your cat or cat could fall from a window or get loose and run into the street.
Don’t let your pet hang his head out the car window
It sounds innocent enough, but debris or an accident could cause injury to your pet. When your pet is in the car, keep him in a crate or secured using a specially designed seatbelt harness for cats.
Keep them away from Plants
Many plants are toxic substances if eaten by your cat, but with a bit of forethought and sensible planning, the dietary safety of your beloved pet can be assured. Be aware that your cat will sometimes enjoy chewing on greenery, the reasons for this: they are seeking more fibre in their diet, through sheer boredom or to relieve teething irritation.
The following plants are considered poisonous to cats:
Aloe vera, Araceae family (arum, calla lily, peace lily, philodendron), Bird of paradise, Caladium species, Chinese evergreen, Croton, Cyclamen, Dieffenbachia, English ivy, Euphorbia, Glory lily, Golden pothos and many more.
Baptisia species, Bleeding heart, Buttercup, Cardinal flower, Christmas rose, Chrysanthemum, Clematis, Crocus, Daffodil, Daylily, Delphinium, Elder, Euonymus, Flowering tobacco, Foxglove, Garlic, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Jack-in-the-pulpit, etc.
Hope this tips may improve your way of protecting your pet against any risk on their health and you can also look forward to having more tips and information on how you will take your own pet.