Summer Safety and Care Tips for Your Cat

Two Maine Coon cats standing behind lawn sprinkler water fountain outdoors in the garden looking at camera curiously

Summer can be a tough season for us humans – we’re more liable to get dry, sunburned skin, and if we don’t take care of ourselves and stay hydrated, we might succumb to dehydration or heat stroke! The summer months can also be difficult for your furry feline friend.

Here are some summer safety and care tips for your cat to ensure they stay cool, hydrated, and healthy through the summer!

Give Them Access to Water

The most important thing to remember is to give your cat easy water access. You want to ensure your cat always has access to fresh water, especially if you’ll be out of the house for most of the day. If your cat likes to spend the summer months outside, ensure the water is kept in a shady spot to stay cool and protected from evaporation. Don’t forget to wash the water bowl daily to remove dirt, dust, pollen, and other contaminants.

Protect Them from Sunburn

Just like humans, cats are at risk for sunburn. So, if your cat spends a lot of time outdoors, ensure they have access to plenty of shade and bring them back inside if they’ve been out for a while. Cats are most easily sunburned on the tips of their ears and noses, so keep an eye on them when they spend a day in the sun. Only ever use sunscreen that is specifically for pets. Cats can be more sensitive to products, so check the product labeling to ensure that it is appropriate and safe for cats.

Make Your Garden Pet-Friendly

It’s important to ensure that the products used in your garden (including pesticides) are pet friendly. Always check the labels before purchasing. Make sure your plants aren’t harmful to your cat if they take a nibble. When in doubt, ask the professionals at your garden center.

Create a Comfy Indoor Sunbathing Spot

Not only does your cat love the sun, but they will also become a more avid birdwatcher during the summer months. If you’re planning on keeping your cat indoors at all times, then it’s a good idea to give them a window perch to settle down on or a custom cat tower.

The warmer season also brings about more family vacations and getaways, meaning people are looking for boarding options for their pets at this time of year. If your boarding facility or veterinary practice is looking for convenient ways to keep kitties safe and comfortable this summer, check out the cat townhouses from The Cat’s Inn. Our compact units offer boarding space for multiple cats and are available in various configurations to suit your exact needs!

Call us today at (877)228-7466 to discover your options for custom cat housing.