Summer is at hand, yet you are having a problem with taking care of your cat during this season. Whether you need extreme advice or just refresh your mind, here are some information and tips on how to take care of your beloved pet cat during the hot weather.
During the hot season, cats are at risk for heat strokes and dehydration. You should be knowledgeable on the symptoms of heat stroke with dehydration. Watch out for anxiety, panting, hyperventilation, increased heartbeat, lethargy, dark red gums, and increased internal body temperature (104ºF or more). If you suspect your cat is experiencing heat stroke, bring your cat to your veterinarian immediately.
Provide your cat with plenty of cool and fresh water at all times. Also, avoid giving too much sweets and treats. Instead, provide your cat with nutritious foods to maintain its good health. This way, you are boosting up your cat’s immune system, which will protect it against diseases for this season.
During the day, it is best to let your cat stay inside the house. If you do not have air conditioning device, an electric fan may be used. When outdoors, let your cat stay in a cool and shaded area. Do not let your cat run loose. Always hook your cat in a leash to ensure safety during your walks. Aside from providing safety, you will also be able to prevent your cat from acquiring diseases from other animals.
Cat’s ear tips and nose contain less color pigment and are very sensitive to UV rays of the sun. If these areas are overexposed to the sun, it is possible that sunburns, or even skin cancer, may develop. Applying sunscreen on the cat’s nose and ear tips may be done to prevent these unwanted circumstances.
Same with dogs, do not let your cat stay in a parked vehicles even when windows are open. Though your car is located on a shaded area, it is always possible that the sun shifts its position and will hit your vehicle directly.
If you think your cat is becoming uncomfortable with the heat, you could rub your cat’s body with a cool, damp towel to help it cool down. Wrapping a cool towel around its neck or immersing your cat’s feet on the cool water will also do the same. At first, your cat might not like it. However, you should let him get used to it by adding more patience and by being gentle when doing the interventions.
Lastly, protect your cat from parasites. Give your cat tick control products. You may consult your veterinarian about the best product your cat should have. Also, let your cat be checked from heartworms, which usually attack during summers. Remember that you are your cat’s advocate, so do all that you can to help your pet during this hot season.