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What can I do to keep my cat cool?

Richard Wright

Keeping your cat cool in the summer is an important part of your pet's welfare. Here's how you can turn down the heat.

It's important to keep your cat cool and safe in summer.

Don't leave your pet in a parked car and carry water even on short journeys as a precaution. If he starts to pant seek vet assistance immediately.

Always provide your pet with access to shelter from the heat of the sun - indoors and out. Make sure there is some shade and ensure they have plenty of water. Bear in mind that elderly, very young, overweight and poorly pets will have a hard time regulating their body temperature so make sure they stay cool.

Cats with white and pale fur should have sunscreen on their noses and ear tips to prevent sunburn and skin cancer. Ideally you should keep your pet out of the sun between 12pm and 3pm to prevent sunburn.

Keep your pet well groomed - particularly if he has long fur or a thick coat.

Summer is often a time when people fertilize their lawns but beware: plant food, fertilizer and insecticides can be fatal if your pet ingests them.

Fleas are particularly prevalent in summer - avoid infestations with regular flea treatments. Worming your pet is important all year round too, however, for one hookworm in particular Uncinaria stenocephala, there is a sharp rise from July to September. By worming regularly your pet will be protected.

During the hot weather windows and doors are often left open which can lead to pets going missing. Microchips and collars help ensure easy identification if this does happen.

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