If this is your first summer as a cat owner, you are going to want to take a few extra steps to make sure that your cat is safe and protected so that you don't have to go to an emergency animal hospital because of a summer ordeal. Here are five things you should do for your cat this summer in order to ensure its safety.
Provide Your Cat with a Cool Place to Hang
Cats can easily get dehydrated when it is hot outside, and they can get really fatigued and can suffer from heatstroke. It is important that you provide your cat with a cool place to hang out. If your cat likes to hang out outdoors, make sure there is plenty of shade where your cat can chill.
If your cat is an indoor cat, make sure that the room you leave your cat in during the day is cool. You shouldn't leave your cat inside a house with no fans or air conditioning running; make sure that you leave your cat in a room with at least a fan or AC running while you are at work.
Always Keep Water Nearby
Due to the health risks associated with the heat discussed above, you also need to always make sure that your cat has access to water. Drinking water will help keep your cat stay hydrated and cool.
Check the temperature of your cat's water; if it feels too hot, drop an ice cube in it to cool it off. This will make the water more enjoyable and refreshing for your cat to drink.
Don't Feed Your Cat Grilling Scraps
It can be tempting to let your cat try a bit or two of your great grilling creations during the summer. However, some grilling foods and seasonings are not good for your cat. Do not slip your cat grilling scraps, and ask your guests to do the same. Dispose of all scrapes after eating, and if you have guests over, provide them with a place to put their plates and scraps so that your cat can't get to them.
Don't Leave Your Cat in Your Car
If you need to take your cat to the vet, don't leave your cat in the car while you run errands. Your car can quickly heat up and become unbearable for your cat. Your cat can easily suffer from heat stroke when left inside of your car during the summer. If you have to take your cat out of the house, always keep the air conditioning running in your vehicle and bring your cat in with you when you stop.
Keep Your Cat Inside on the Fourth of July
When the Fourth of July rolls around, make sure that your cat is inside. Many cats become startled when they hear fireworks; you don't want your cat to get injured or hurt by running into the road, into another startled animal, or into a firework. It is best to keep your cat inside for this summer holiday.