Spring Fever: How To
Prepare Your Cat for Warm Weather
As the warm, sun-filled days of summer draw near, it's important to keep your pet cool, comfortable and safe. Dogs tend to be the primary focus of seasonal safety but it's important to monitor all of your pets, including the indoor cats, for any abnormal behaviors after heat exposure. Felines are prone to many of the same difficulties as canines in the sweltering sun. Here are 5 easy ways to prepare your cat for warm weather.
Once the weather starts to warm up, your lovable fluff ball will shed some of its winter coat. Some cat parents might think this is enough to keep their companion comfortable throughout the season but a little help from a groomer is always appreciated. Depending on how fast their hair grows, set an appointment every few weeks to help keep them cool. The groomer is able to get rid of extra fur, and kitty can rock several new hairdos for the season.
Visit The Vet
This is the ideal time of year to set your cat up with an appointment at the local veterinarian's office. Open windows and doors will expose your feline to harmful critters and airborne diseases. Make sure they're up to date on vaccinations so they can observe the great outdoors without worry. While you're there, get kitty a collar, ID tag, and microchip. This way, if she runs out to roam the neighborhood, she can be quickly returned.
The Great Outdoors
If you let kitty run amok in the backyard when the weather warms up, it's a good idea to take preventative measures. Invest in flea and tick treatments, just in case these tiny nuisances make an unwanted appearance. Pay attention to what's in your garden and the fertilizer being used. Use this guide as a reference to determine which plants are safe for your cat to be around and which aren't. Make sure the fence surrounding your yard is secure and they can't get to any of your water features.
Home Sweet Home
Precautions should also be taken if your cat stays indoors. Offer several ways for them to stay cool with fans, ice water, or ice pops for cats (just mix their canned food with a favorite treat and freeze overnight). Move their bed or favorite comforter to a dark, cool place so they can relax comfortably. If that's still too hot, give them access to tile floors where they can catch a quick nap. It's also a good idea to limit playtime to mornings and evenings when the air is cooler.
Warm weather tends to bring more natural disasters. Put a plan in place so everyone in the family (including the furry members) stays safe. Unfortunately, not all human shelters accept animals. Create a list of pet-friendly havens in case of an emergency. If there aren't any in your area, make arrangements with family and friends to see if they're willing to house your pets. Also, don't leave your pet behind if an evacuation is called. There's no telling what state your home will be in when you return, and there's no guaranteeing their safety while you're away.