Cat Care in Hot Weather
National cat charity Cats Protection is urging cat owners to look after their cats and protect them from the sun. Soaring temperatures are putting cats at risk of developing sunburn and skin cancer.
The charity's Education Veterinary Officer, Sandra Milburn, notes that Cats Protection often has cats coming with early or advanced stages of skin cancer caused by sun exosure. Some cats need fairly drastic surgery to repair sun damaged skin - in some cases, they need to have their ears amputated to stop the cancer spreading.
Cats, of course, love warmth. Our cat Trouble used to love lounging in the airing cupboard in winter. And many enjoy lazing about in the sun. The problem is that too much sun can be dangerous for cats, just as it can be for people.
“White cats, or those with unpigmented white noses or ears, are at the greatest risk," Sandra Milburn says. "It may take a few years before the damage is visible but, once the early stages of cancer set in, it is important cats are given urgent veterinary treatment to prevent it spreading. So keep an eye on your pets
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"There are also sunblocks available that have been manufactured specifically for use on animals, some of which have been designed to be lick-proof. Your vet should be able to recommend one or source one for your cat. It is very important that it is suitable for cats, as they can be more sensitive than some other animals to the chemicals included. Please check with your vet before using anything intended for humans on your cat."
Cats Protection have lots of info on cat care - click here to pounce on it on their website
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