ADVICE PAGE: HOW TO PROTECT INSIDE & OUTDOOR CATS FROM SUMMER HEAT EXHAUSTION & OTHER SUMMER DANGERS

Heat exhaustion is a condition that many associate with humans, outside cats and dogs after prolonged exposure to the sun. However, humans, outdoor cats and dogs are not the only ones that are at risk of developing heat exhaustion. Inside cats are also prone to suffering from the increased temperatures, such at the present we are experiencing a Heatwave and the temperature today has just reached 29C degrees but real feel 31C degrees!!! Hot with humidity of 42%.

* Please check you internet weather forecast for the hourly temperatures and the real temperature which is always not the current temperature. For example: we use http://www.accuweather.com which gives the full hourly and daily forecast, humidity, wind etc…it is imperative for your pets wellbeing in a Heatwave with extreme temperatures!! *

as the summer approaches sometimes sudden extreme temperature changes. Cat owners need to take preventative measures to protect their inside cats from heat exhaustion.

* Please read on to learn more about what you can do to protect your inside  cats from harm caused by heat exhaustion. *

INSIDE SHELTER

Inside cats need to have plenty of places around the home where they can find shelter from the blazing sun. For example: Daisy May’s favourite bay-window is in the East when the Sun rises, and by 11.30am it was 25C in that window!

There is always a bowl of fresh water with ice for her to drink. But there is always a place for Daisy May under the computer table with a cushion there for her where it is cool she can curl up or stretch out if she feels to.

If your usually leave the blinds or curtains open all the way during the day while you are at work. it would be a good idea to think again!

* Because the blazing sun’s rays can quickly heat up a home or a closed room and leave inside cats or dogs with no shelter around the home or in a closed room during the daylight hours, even in the late evening when we are currently experiencing temperatures of 20C degrees outside being at least 24C degrees plus indoors at 8 to 9pm with all the windows and fans on and curtains partially closed! *

If you must leave some of the shades or curtains open, opt for just one room to allow some sun in and leave the rest of the shades or curtain shut. This will keep the temperature down inside the home as well as allow inside cats and indeed dogs or other indoor pets more shelter from the sun’s harmful rays.

MORE WATER

Heat exhaustion can badly affect cats, which can lead t the more serious condition of Heatstroke. But before it ever gets that far, make sure that your inside cats and indeed dogs always have plenty of fresh water in several different locations once the weather heats up. For example: we have put down a bowl of iced water in Daisy May’s favourite bay-window with cat grass and on the windowsill in the bedroom and at her main feeding station, so she can drink fresh cool water as and when he like to. 

* Remember to replenish your cat’s or pets water supply each day and if necessary more than once a day. Whenever you notice that it is running low, add a fresh supply. Some cats drink less water when the weather heats up. But you can encourage inside cats to drink more if you ass an ice cube in their water bowls and keep water clean and fresh. But if you notice that cats are not drinking as much as usual, gently coax them to drink by taking them up to their water bowl and placing them down by their water bowl, especially if the inside cat is a very young kitten or an elderly or sick cat.*

COLD COMPRESS

Inside cats are strong and adaptable. But try wearing a fur coat all year round!!! That is the lot of inside cat. If you notice that your cat feels hot to the touch and is more lethargic than usual, apply a cool compress or use a clean, wet cloth to rub over our cat’s body. Many inside cats do not like the feel of water on their bodies. But if you gently rub a wet towel over their body a few times, they may even appreciate the gesture and allow you to continue.

Inside cats are just as susceptible to heat exhaustion as outside cats if the temperature of the house is not kept cool, cats do not drink as much and their body temperature rises. Cat owners should think ahead to the summer months and do all they can to prevent their indoor cats from the affects of heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke.

Each season hold its own set of dangers to our furry friends and summer is no different. This article will tell you how to protect your cat during the summer months as well what you should do if your cat runs into trouble.

SUNBURN

White cats and cats with pale ears and noses are especially susceptible to sunburns. If your cat loves to lie in the sun either indoors or outdoors, put sunscreen to white fur and to protect him or her from getting sunburned. Apply sunscreen to white fur and to pale ears and noses.

* Please ensure that the sun block you put on your cat is NON-TOXIC to cats. Always Ask your Veterinarian for safe sunscreen you can use on your furry friend!!!!*

Cats typically bath themselves multiple times a day. Putting non-toxic sunscreen on your cat will ensure that your cat iss noy poisoned by the protective lotion. You may need to put sunscreen on your cat several times throughout the day to ensure that your cat continues to be protected from the sun rays after baths.

*Sunburns turn fur red, much as they do on human skin. If you notice unusual spots or lesions on your cat’s  body, take him or her to the vet immediately to be examined. These spots could be skin cancer, which need to be treated if caught early.*

BEE STINGS

Cats are fascinated by insects and like to chase them around or eat them. Bees may not take to your cat’s behaviour well, though, resulting in the bee stinging your kitty cat. If your cat  gets stung, put ice on his or her wound immediately to reduce swelling and pain. Look for the stinger using a magnifying glass and pull the stinger out if you can with a pair of tweezers. Clean out your cat’s wound and put some antibiotic ointment on her wound. If in any doubt what to do get in touch with your veterinarian immediately.

Monitor you cat after you have initially treated his or her bee sting. Allergic reactions, while uncommon, can occur. If your cat has difficulty breathing, or if his or her tongue begins to swell, you should take your cat to a veterinarian right away. An allergic reaction to bee stings is life-threatening and can be fatal.

HEAT EXHAUSTION CONTINUED…

Cats, like humans, can suffer from heat exhaustion when they are exposed to heat for extended periods of time. Symptoms of heat exhaustion are excessive panting, drooling, and restlessness.

*If your cat exhibits these symptoms bathe your hm or her in cool, but not cold, water and wrap your cat in a cool damp towel. Drive him or her to your veterinarian or animal hospital. Heat exhaustion is a medical emergency and if not treated immediately, your cat may collapse or even go into a coma.*

Heat exhaustion, sunburns, and bee stings are amongst the most pertinent dangers for your cat during during the summer. Use the tips above to help protect your cat during summer months. In addition, it is recommended that cat owners keep their dcats indoors during the hottest part of the day and during heatwave extreme temperatures generally between 11am and 2pm.

Your veterinarian is a good resource for more information on these conditions.

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