A cat in the summer.

Cats might be independent creatures who don’t seem to rely on us for much, but there are situations that require a little human intervention. As the heat starts to rise this summer, be sure to promote cat safety with the following tips:

First, the Heat

Cats evolved in dry, arid climates, but that doesn’t mean they are comfortable or safe in high heat and humidity for long periods during the day. Summer cat safety means that access to the outdoors should only be in the early morning and evening (if at all). Even cats in a catio should follow these guidelines, as it’s very difficult for them to regulate their internal body temperature when the sun’s beating down on them.

The following heat stroke symptoms require immediate veterinary help:

  • Panting
  • Drooling
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Collapse
  • Unconsciousness

Shady Characters

Shade is a huge component to summer cat safety and should never be undervalued. Cats that like the outdoors should always have access to deep pockets of tree shade or house shadow in which to relax. Fresh, cool water makes all the difference as well. Invest in a water-moving cat fountain to entice them to drink more water. 

When it feels too hot for you to enjoy being outside, it’s definitely too hot for your cat. Always bring your cat inside where you have the AC cranking or cross ventilation to move the air around. 

Summer Cat Safety

Bugs proliferate during the summer months, many of which can cause a great deal of harm to your cat. Be sure that their parasite prevention medication is up to date to protect them from fleas, ticks, heartworm-carrying mosquitoes, and other internal and external parasites. 

If your cat is allowed outside, take a moment to review their core and non-core vaccinations. Contagious diseases, like feline panleukopenia, herpesvirus, and calicivirus spread between cats and other mammals during territorial fights remain common, which is why it is important to maintain a current vaccination schedule. 

Cats may also have access to the following toxic plants during the summer months:

  • Hydrangeas
  • Lilies
  • Ivy
  • Azaleas
  • Rhododendrons
  • Daffodils
  • Crocus
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Oleander

If your cat displays signs of pet poisoning, please contact us right away.

All Good Things

As your partner in cat safety and health, we ask that you check their microchip information with the database to ensure that your contact information is registered and up to date. 

Lastly, be mindful when leaving sheds, garages, and outbuildings. Check that your cat isn’t trapped inside structures.

If you have further questions about summer cat safety, give us a call at (913) 681-2818. Our team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is always here for you.