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Fram and Sax News and Advice - Summer Safety for your cat

01 July 2021
Fram and Sax News and Advice - Summer Safety for your cat

In recent months we were delighted to be able to provide new cat cabins to some of our fosterers. These have been made possible by generous legacies left to the branch. These outdoor cabins are five star accommodation for cats and kittens awaiting their new homes and include heated sleeping quarters, lots of shelves and climbing opportunities and plenty of space for exercise.

Have you joined our membership yet? Membership provides a regular income stream and support for the branch and for just £10 a year you can keep up to date with everything we do via our quarterly newsletter. Membership also makes a great gift to last a whole year for family and friends. See our website to download a membership form or for more information email: membership@framandsaxcats.org.uk.

Feline care: Tips to keep your cat safe in the garden this summer. Whilst most felines will be perfectly secure in the great outdoors, there are potential garden hazards for cats – keep them safe this summer by following these tips.
- Ensure your cat is fully vaccinated to protect against diseases and parasites. Neutering is also vital to prevent unwanted kittens and to reduce roaming, keeping your cat closer to home.
- Protect your cat with appropriate flea, worm and tick treatment. Your vet will be able to advise on which is suitable for your pet.
- Cats with white fur, including those with white ears or noses, can be susceptible to sunburn and sun exposure can trigger a type of cancer. Try to keep your cat indoors during the hottest part of the day and outside provide shade with plants and trees outside.
- Be aware of poisonous substances in your shed and garage. Antifreeze, disinfectants, insect and pest killers can all be lethal to cats and should be kept well out of their 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. (see link below for a full list of plants which may be a danger to your cat)
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
to help cough up hairballs, while logs make excellent outdoor scratching posts.
- Make sure barbecue coals are properly cooled with water once you are finished to prevent burns should a cat jump onto them.
- Keep the doors of sheds and garages shut. Be careful not to accidentally trap cats inside outbuildings during hot weather or when you go on holiday.
- Cats Protection recommends microchipping as a safe, effective way of identifying your cat should he become lost when outdoors.

See more about plants which may cause danger to cats and other good advice here: https://www.cats.org.uk/help-and-advice/home-and-environment/dangerous-plants