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Top tips to keep your cat safe in the garden this summer

25 June 2019
Top tips to keep your cat safe in the garden this summer

Summer’s here and just like gardeners, cats will be enjoying the long days and warm weather amongst the flowers and shrubs.
Whilst most will be perfectly safe in the great outdoors, there are a host of potential garden hazards for cats – so Cats Protection’s Canterbury has compiled a list of tips to keep them safe this summer.

Cats Protection’s top tips for keeping cats safe this summer are:

  • Ensure your cat is fully vaccinated to protect against diseases and parasites. Neutering is also vital to prevent unwanted kittens being born and to reduce roaming, keeping your cat closer to home.
  • Cats with white fur, including those with white ears or noses, can be susceptible to sunburn during the summer months and sun exposure can be a trigger for a type of cancer. The best way to protect your cat is to try to keep him indoors during the hottest part of the day and provide shade from plants and trees.
  • Be aware of poisonous substances in your shed and garage which cats may be able to access. Antifreeze, disinfectants, insect and pest killers can all be lethal to cats and should be kept well out of your cat’s reach.
  • Avoid plants which can be dangerous to cats. Lilies in particular can be lethal if a cat ingests pollen from its fur after brushing against them. A full list of plants that are dangerous to cats can be found on the International Cat Care’s website www.icatcare.org.
  • Choose cat-friendly plants such as catnip (Nepeta cataria), mint, cat thyme (Teucrium marum) and lavender. A patch of longer grass can provide a soft bed and cats may also nibble on it to help cough up hairballs, while logs make excellent outdoor scratching posts.
  • If you have a pond, cats may be tempted to drink from it. To reduce the risk of them falling in, place some wire mesh securely over the pond, or make sure that there is a low edge so it is easy for a cat to get out. Ensure that any water butts also have a lid on them.