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Keep Your Cat Safe this Summer

July 20, 2011 -

When temperatures heat up, so does your pet. Here's how to help your cat cool it during the summer months.

People aren't the only ones who can get heat stroke--pets are susceptible to it as well. Here's how to help your cat cool it during the summer months.

  • Keep your cat indoors throughout the season. If, however, your cat can get outside make sure to provide access to a fresh water bowl and a shady spot at all times.
  • Maintain your kitty population. If you're not planning for kittens the need to spay and neuter is more important than ever during summer. High temperatures can be dangerous for pregnant cats and their newborn litters. 
  • Don't shave your cat down to the skin. Although it seems like a close shave would help keep her cool, her coat actually insulates her against the heat. Make sure grooming is appropriate for the climate.
  • Having a backyard barbecue? Don't share any of the spread with your feline friends. Certain foods can cause digestive problems and potentially choking for your cat.
  • Install secure window screens. If you open up your house to let air in during the summer months putting security measures in place in any of the windows that will be left open can prevent your cat from falling out or escaping.
  • Talk with your veterinarian about flea and tick prevention. There are new treatments available that are safe and effective.

Summertime living isn't always easy on our furry friends. Your cat is susceptible to many of the same heat-related issues humans are, but taking these easy steps will help you celebrate in the sun knowing your cat is healthy and happy.

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