Warm weather advice

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Summer's here and cats, like gardeners, will be getting out amongst the plants and enjoying the long days and warm weather.
There are some potential garden hazards for cats like chemicals, some plants, barbecues and too much sun exposure.

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

Make sure any pest and weed control products are safe for cats

Slug pellets, for instance, which contain metaldehyde can prove fatal to cats. Always read the labels on chemical control products and use them safely.

Take care with barbecues

Your cat can suffer nasty burns if he or she jumps onto barbecue coals. Make sure the coals are properly cooled with water once you are finished.

Check your plants and flowers are feline friendly

Some plants and flowers are toxic to cats, particularly lilies. If you think your cat has eaten or come into contact with any part of a lily, then seek immediate veterinary attention. There is a full list of potentially dangerous plants on the International Cat Care website.

Protect your cat from the sun

Cats can develop skin cancer from too much sun exposure especially white and pale cats or those with sparse hair on their ears. Talk to your vet about using a cat-safe sunblock on vulnerable areas such as the ears. Try to keep your cat indoors or in the shade between 11am and 4pm when the sun is at its hottest. Fortunately most cats like to snooze around this time so provide a quiet spot and a litter tray and your cat is likely to stay indoors.

Cover water butts and ponds

Ensure cats can't get into water butts and ponds and drown. Use mesh over ponds and the lids on water butts.

There's more information about keeping your cat safe in this CP-produced leaflet.