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Extreme weather warning

17 July 2022
Extreme weather warning

Extreme weather warnings have been given for the next few days and it’s important to keep all pets safe during this time.

Please keep cats in during the hottest part of the day which is between 11am and 4pm or make sure there are plenty of areas in your garden where they can seek shade. Exposure to the sun can be a trigger factor for a type of cancer that is more commonly seen in cats with unpigmented white ears or noses so it is certainly a good idea to try to offer some protection. There are sunblocks available that have been manufactured specifically for use on animals, some of which are designed to be lick proof. Your vet should be able to recommend one or source one for you. It is very important that it is suitable for cats as they can be more sensitive than other animals to the chemicals included. Please check with your vet before using anything intended for human use on your cat.

If keeping your cat indoors, put windows on “snib” and make sure cats can’t escape through the opening and close curtains and blinds as this helps keep the temperature in the room down. Investing in a fan will do wonders – for both your cat and you!.

Make sure fresh water is available at all times. If you can, provide a few places where they can access the water and make sure it doesn’t get hot as this may prevent them from drinking it. Putting ice cubes in their water dish will also help keep it cool.

Don’t forget the wildlife that visits your garden and put bowls of water out in cool, shady areas for them too.

If going to the vet never leave pets unattended- not even for a second - in a hot car as temperatures increase dramatically in a short space of time.

All animals are affected by the sun in the same way humans are and they can get heat too. Keep an eye on your cat’s behaviour and know the signs of heatstroke:

  •          Agitation
  •          Stretching out and breathing rapidly
  •          Extreme distress
  •          Skin hot to the touch
  •          Glazed eyes
  •          Vomiting and drooling

 

If your pet is displaying odd behaviour it's important to seek veterinary care immediately.