- Provide plenty of fresh drinking water at all times
- Keep your pet’s kennel well ventilated and positioned near a well shaded area where your cat can avoid midday sun and heat
- IF YOU SUSPECT HEAT STRESS OR STROKE (ex; collapse, extremely heavy panting, or excessive drooling) SEEK VETERINARY CARE IMMEDIATELY
Skin and Body:
- Keep your pet well groomed. Long hair and hair mats can decrease your cats ability to keep cool and contribute to skin disease. So regular brushing and grooming are needed.
- Vaccinate your cat against infectious diseases. Cats usually have more contact with other cats during warmer months and disease can spread more easily.
- Use monthly flea and tick preventives. Cats should take these preventives year round. It is often easier and cheaper to prevent parasites than to treat them when a cat is infected or infested. Take your cat for fecal exams for internal parasites at least yearly.
- The poisons that kill pests (such as snails, mice, and slugs) are lethal to cats too if consumed. Limit your cats access to places where these poisons are stored in and around your home.
- Lawn herbicides can also poison pets, so keep your cat out of the yard while spraying herbicides and off the grass for 3 days afterward. Washing your cats paws thoroughly with soap and cool water before coming back in side will help remove herbicidal residue.
- The temperature inside your car can EASILY climb to 120degrees when parked in the sun. NEVER leave your pet unattended in a vehicle. Even with the windows open slightly, the temperature still rises.