Ensure all the flowers and plants in your garden are cat-friendly - many, including lilies, are toxic to cats if nibbled.
Sadly, air gun attacks on cats increase in the summer. If you see a wound that is 5mm across with a reddened edge, take your cat to the vet immediately
Cats with white or pale fur should have a cat-friendly sunscreen (or one suitable for babies) applied to their noses and ear tips to prevent skin cancer.
The temperature in our homes can become quite uncomfortable on a hot day, so you may want to open a window for an indoor cat. To prevent escape, purchase an escape-proof window screen, or have an electric fan on when you're at home. If your cat does escape, having your cat microchipped will help to reunite you both.
Bee and wasp stings are common in cats, but stings in the mouth and throat that interfere with breathing can be serious - seek advice from your vet if you think this may be the case. Otherwise, wasp stings can be treated at home with a weak solution of vinegar or bicarbonate of soda for bee stings (after removing the sting with tweezers).
Wet cat food can be a breeding ground for flies in the summer - remove any uneaten food and clean bowls thoroughly.
Many slug pellets, weed killers, lawn fertilisers and ant powders are harmful to cats - check labels carefully to see if they're safe to use with pets around.
If you'd like your cat to enjoy the summer months outdoors but you're worried about his safety, try cat-proofing your garden to prevent escape.
If you're going on holiday this summer, ensure you have pre-booked a suitable cattery well in advance (and make sure your cat's vaccinations are up-to-date before his stay).
Curious cats just won't be able to resist open sheds or garages, so make sure you check these for wandering felines before you close up.
Remember to pack away tools and lawnmowers so little paws don't stand on anything sharp or play with the cables!
Make sure barbecues and coals have completely cooled before leaving them unattended.
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