5 top tips to keep your cat happy and healthy this summer

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13 July 2022
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Rising temperatures can be hazardous for our four-legged friends, however there are things you can do to help ensure they stay happy and healthy this summer. At Bob Martin, we have been looking out for pets for over 130 years and in that time, we have hopefully learned a thing or two about keeping them safe during the warmer weather. Here are our top 5 tips to keep your cat happy and healthy this summer:

Provide areas of shade

We know that most cats love basking in the sunshine and will often find the warmest spot in the garden to relax. Cats can easily get dehydrated and even sunburnt, which can even lead to skin cancer.

Ensure you provide them with plenty of shade. Potted plants are ideal, however any seasoned cat owner will know that they’re equally happy lounging in an old cardboard box or behind a bin.

Consider keeping your cat indoors during the hottest hours of the day, usually between 10am and 3pm, when the sun is at its hottest.

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Create circulation around the home

If you do keep your cat indoors, ensure adequate ventilation and air flow around the home. Consider placing fans around the house to keep the air moving, however remember not to point the fan directly at your cat.

Consider using sun cream

Certain cats are at higher risk of sunburn, such as those with white fur or no fur at all. Applying sun cream to vulnerable areas will offer protection and help prevent sun damage. Apply to your cat’s nose, ears and belly, alongside any other areas where they have little or no fur.

Avoid creams that contain ingredients like zinc oxide or salicylates. Repeated exposure could lead to toxicity and we suggest you speak with your vet for a recommendation.

Finally, don’t forget to keep your own skincare products out of reach, as these may also contain ingredients harmful to your pet.

Keep them hydrated

If your cat doesn’t take onboard enough fluid through either drinking or eating, they can become dehydrated. It is important therefore to do everything you can to encourage them to drink more water.

  • Use glass, ceramic or metal bowls rather than plastic. In the heat, plastic can affect the taste of the water and put picky cats off!
  • Separate water and food bowls. Cats don’t like to drink in the same place they eat. Consider having multiple bowls around the house.
  • Some cats prefer to drink from running water, so consider investing in a cat fountain.
  • Mix small amounts of water in with your cat’s tinned food to increase fluid intake.

How do I tell if my cat is dehydrated?

  • Inspect their gums. Are they sticky or tacky? If so, this may be the first sign of dehydration
  • Test the elasticity of their skin. A well-hydrated cat’s skin will slip back into place immediately.
  • Check their eyes. Sunken eyes that appear dry could indicate dehydration
  • Feel their paws. If they feel cold, this could also be a sign of dehydration

Keep an eye out for fleas and ticks

Unfortunately, warmer weather can bring with it some unwanted hazards for our four-legged friends in the shape of fleas and ticks. Both fleas and ticks feed on your cat’s blood, with adult fleas able to lay up to 60 eggs a day, meaning that even one little critter on your pet could lead to a nasty infestation in no time.

The warmer weather provides a perfect breeding ground for these pesky parasites and if your pet is spending more time outdoors, they’re more likely to come into contact with them.

Whilst adult fleas and ticks live on your pet, their eggs, larvae and pupae will be found all over your home including your pet’s bedding, carpets and other soft furnishings. This is why it’s so important to treat both your pet and your home. More detail on fleas and ticks can be found in our previous Blog here

How can I tell if my cat has fleas or ticks?

  • Are they scratching more than normal? This is usually the most obvious sign they have fleas.
  • Part your pet’s fur and look for any small black ‘crumbs’; these are actually flea faeces!
  • Comb through their fur in both directions, paying particular attention to their armpits, groin, ears and neck areas. Don’t forget to check for ticks between their toes and other tricky to reach spots.

More detail on how to treat your pet for fleas and ticks can be found here

How do I prevent my pet from getting fleas or ticks in the first place?

To help keep your pet flea and tick free, use an easy to apply spot-on treatment as part of their regular healthcare routine. Selecting a product containing S-methoprene, as this will ensure you’re breaking the flea lifecycle by preventing any eggs or larvae from developing.

We recommend treating your pet monthly, however it’s important that you carefully read the packaging of whatever product you’re using. Not all flea and tick treatments are the same, with some products lasting longer than others. Some are effective against fleas and ticks, whereas others are not, so it’s important to always check the pack. We also suggest making a note on your calendar of when treatments are due so that you don't forget.

For more helpful advice on caring for your pet’s healthcare needs, head over to bobmartin.co.uk.

About Bob Martin

For over 130 years, Bob Martin have been helping take care of the little things (and we don’t just mean fleas and ticks) that pet owners love most about life with their pets.

Bob Martin continue to help pet owners keep their pets healthy and free from fleas, ticks and worms; making vet-quality products available and affordable, without compromising on quality.

With Bob Martin’s range of treatment and prevention products, it couldn’t be easier to say goodbye to pesky parasites. Offering a comprehensive range of products for both pet and home, Bob Martin’s products are regulated and approved by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate. This means you can have added peace of mind that they are not only safe, but also effective.

Bob Martin can be found in pet aisles of all major supermarkets, pet specialists and independent pet retailers, and is now available to order direct from bobmartin.co.uk.

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