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Cats and Sunburn

13 July 2019
Cats and Sunburn

Please remember to protect your cat from being exposed in the sun as they may be at risk of developing sunburn and skin cancer.

Cats with white of pale ears or noses are particularly susceptible to the sun’s harmful rays – with some needing drastic surgery to repair sun damaged skin, usually around the ears.

The cat in the picture is Tiara who had to  have her ears removed when she came into another branch of cats protection.

If cats with pale ears are exposed to too much sun this can increase the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma which is a skin cancer that occurs when the skin becomes damaged from overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

The simplest way to protect your cat is by keeping them indoors during the hottest part of the day, particularly in summer. 

Also be aware if your cat likes to sleep lying on windowsills they can still burn and be affected by the sun.

Please speak to your vet about a suitable cat friendly sunscreen DO NOT use human sunscreen on your cat it could be toxic and make them very unwell.