Most of us enjoy the warmth and lighter nights that this time of year brings, and cats are no exception. But just because it’s light out doesn’t mean it’s safe.
So, our team at Hyde Park Veterinary Centre has created this downloadable infographic to help you spot the dangers that might confront your cat as the nights draw out.
Our tips for keeping your cat safe this summer
- Try to avoid leaving your cat to roam too late in the evening. Lighter nights don’t necessarily mean your cat’s territory is risk free. Try to keep your cat to the same pattern that you did in the autumn/winter and encourage them to come inside for dinner at the same time.
- Cars are an issue all year round, with one in four cats injured on the road. So, whether it’s light or dark it’s important to be aware that traffic is always an issue. Bringing your cat in earlier will reduce the risk of accidents and if you can ensure they’re inside during rush hours that is ideal.
- Parasites and fleas are more common in the spring and summer months so ensure that your pet is protected and keep treatments up to date. If you’re in any doubt please contact Hyde Park Veterinary Centre where the team will be happy to advise you.
- Cats are more likely to get shut in your neighbours’ sheds and garages during the lighter months. If your pet doesn’t return home for a couple of days it’s worth knocking on your neighbours’ doors and getting them to check their outhouses.
- Summer months bring ‘some’ warm weather in the UK so it’s important to notice the signs of heatstroke and ensure that your cat has plenty of access to water, both in and out of the house. If your cat is white-haired or has damaged skin it is worth investing in some sun block. Again, the team at Hyde Park Veterinary Centre are on hand and happy to offer you advice.
- Summertime inevitably means barbecues, so make sure you keep your cat away from glowing embers and discarded alcohol. Use paper or plastic cups outside to avoid glass breakages and splinters that could get into their paws.
- If you’re unsure about anything, why not book a summer check-up for your cat where you can also discuss summer safety further?