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Summer Care for Kitties

Summer is (almost) officially here! Just like the other seasons, this time of year can pose some specific dangers to our furry friends. If you have a kitty, you’ll want to take some steps to keep Fluffy safe and sound during the hot season. A Greensboro, NC vet discusses summer cat care below.

Water

First and foremost, make sure Fluffy always has cool, clean water. Many cats prefer running water, so you may want to get your furball a pet fountain. If you have more than one pet, set out multiple feeding stations.

Ice Cube

Drop an ice cube into your cat’s dish on hot days. You can also put one on the floor for Fluffy to bat around. Because kitties regulate their temperature through their paws, playing ‘ice cube hockey’ is a fun way for them to cool off.

Cool Bed

It’s no secret what Fluffy’s favorite pastime is: napping! Make your furball a hammock bed by attaching a piece of fabric to the legs of an end table or coffee table. Your little buddy may like a fan pointed at her bed, or a cool water bottle in it, under a towel. Of course, your kitty may decide to sprawl out on the bathroom or kitchen floor. This is presumably because tile naturally stays cool. However, we also suspect that cats just like getting in the way.

Grooming

Cats love sunbathing, but summer can be a bit much for them. After all, Fluffy is wearing a fur coat! Brushing your kitty regularly will help remove dead fur and dander from her coat, which will help her stay cool.

Keep Kitty In

We strongly recommend keeping cats indoors. This will keep Fluffy safe from hazards such as weather, wild animals, cars, and chemicals. It will also greatly reduce or even eliminate the chances of her getting lost. Plus, it will help protect fragile wildlife populations. Housecats kill billions of small animals every year! If you do let your furball roam, bring her in before dusk, and limit her outdoor time when it’s really hot out.

Basic Precautions

Preventative care is crucial to your feline pal’s health and safety. Make sure Fluffy is spayed or neutered, microchipped, and current on her exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Greensboro, NC pet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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