Summer Care for Cats

Summer Care for Cats

Summer is here! Northern California is absolutely beautiful at this time of year. While many people are enjoying day trips to the coast or the Redwood forests, our feline buddies are basically doing what they enjoy most: lounging about in the sun. While we may not get the sweltering temperatures the Southwest sees, it does get hot enough to warrant taking some precautions to keep your kitty comfortable. A Chico, CA vet discusses summer cat care below.

Water

Cats can’t cool off by sweating, so they can overheat very easily when temperatures rise. Make sure that your furball always has plenty of fresh water. (Tip: try getting Fluffy a fountain. Many kitties prefer to drink running water!)

Cold Treats

Who says cats don’t enjoy cold snacks? Give Fluffy a bowl of chilled sodium-free broth, or a can of cold tuna or chicken in water. You can even make her a kitty snow-cone by drizzling tuna juice over shaved ice.

Parasite Control

Fleas, ticks, and other parasites are out in full force at this time of year. Keep up with Fluffy’s preventative care!

Keep Fluffy Grounded

Our feline pals can be quite bold and adventurous. Unfortunately, these traits are a dangerous combination. Although Fluffy may enjoy exploring her domain, she’ll be much safer inside. Cats that go outdoors face some very serious threats, such as traffic, predators, and rattlesnakes.

Pet-Safe Plants

Even if Fluffy lives indoors, she’ll still enjoy a taste of nature. Set out some pet-safe plants for your furball to nibble on. Some good options are Spider plants, Boston ferns, and Rubber tree plants. You can also grow some fresh catnip for your kitty. The ASPCA has many more options listed here.

Grooming

Kitties are very diligent about keeping themselves clean. Dead fur and dander can make your little buddy’s coat quite itchy and uncomfortable! Give Fluffy a helping hand by brushing her regularly. (Bonus: you’ll find less fur stuck to everything.)

Cool Bed

We probably don’t have to tell you that Fluffy is very, very good at finding comfy napping spots. Put a soft kitty bed in a cool room or corner. You can also point a fan at or over your cat’s bed. Another option is to buy or make your drowsy pet a hammock. Instant purr!

Please feel free to contact us, your Chico, CA veterinary hospital, anytime. We’re here to help!

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