Cats may love to enjoy lying in the sun, there is such a thing as too warm, even for our feline friends.
Sunburn in cats
All cats can get sunburned, but white cats or cats with finer coats are at higher risk. Being in the sun regularly can lead to skin cancer, so it’s important to make sure your cat doesn’t spend too much time lounging in the sun.
The ears and nose are where cats are most susceptible to burns. Keep an eye on them and make sure they have plenty of access to shady areas.
What are the signs of sunburn in cats?
How to prevent sunburn in cats?
The simplest way to ensure your cat us safe from the sun is to keep them inside when the sun is at its strongest (10am – 3pm) and make sure they have access to plenty of shade both indoor and outdoor.
Can I put sun cream on my cat?
You can apply sunscreen to your cat, but you need to make sure it’s safe for pets first, so talk to your vet about the best product to use. Make sure you use SPF30 or higher and that it’s waterproof.
Sunscreen should be applied to your cat’s nose, ears, belly, and groin as well as places with little or no hair to protect them from the sun.
Avoid sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and a group of chemicals called salicylates in the ingredients. Both are toxic to cats and can make them very sick, especially salicylates.
Keep your cat Hydrated
It is vital to provide your cat with fresh water throughout the day to keep them hydrated.
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Thank you for reading, until next time…