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    How to treat sunburn in your cat?

    Articlecat health and wellbeingWednesday 08 June 2011

    Just like humans, cats can get sunburn too and suffer from a skin cancer. Particularly susceptible to these conditions are white cats, cats with white ears, faces or bald cats due to the lack of melanin (skin and hair pigment) and/or lack of protective hair in areas mentioned above.

    Over a period of time, exposure to the sun can cause squamous cell carcinoma, a cancer found most often on the tips of the cats’ ears, nose and eyelids. Initially your cat might suffer from mild redness or hair loss along the ear margins. Scaling, thickening of the skin and itching occur over time.

    Sunburn might be treated, however prevention is always better. You should bear in mind that white cats should be kept out of direct sun as much as possible, and if they must be in the sun, use a sunscreen on their ears and noses. Check with your vet which brands are safe to use on cats. Also you should limit your cat’s exposure to the sun by keeping it indoor between 10am and 4pm.


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