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    How to take care of an outdoor cat in the summer?

    Articlegeneral cat adviceWednesday 29 June 2011

    It is finally time to enjoy summer and nice temperatures. When planning holidays, having barbacoa or enjoying a day on the beach, one should always remember about his cat. You can find many tips on how to take care of your cat in the summer. Here you can get more information about outdoors cat.

    As a responsible cat owner, you need to make sure your feline friend stays cool and comfortable at all times. During the summer you should especially bring your pet cat inside by 10am and try to keep your kitten in until 4pm. You should also provide your cat with plenty of fresh and cool water to drink. You might place several bowls of water outside and inside so they are easily accessible for your kitten. Try to refill the bowls as often as you can so the water stays cool. You can also add an ice cube that not only will keep the water cooler but also will draw your kitten’s attention. If you are planning to go away for few hours, freeze some water first. 

    Remember to provide your outdoor cat with shade. It is very important that your cat have access to shady areas. If you do not have natural shade in your area, use whatever you have available to create shade. Longhaired cats should be properly groomed. However, bare in mind that exposing the skin to sunlight can lead to sunburns and skin cancer in cats. Seek the advice of your vet before shaving your animal. An appropriate cat grooming alternative is to have your longhaired cat's fur trimmed. Both shorthaired and longhaired pet cats should be brushed and groomed on a regular basis to remove excess hair and allow air to freely flow through their fur. Watch your outdoor cat closely and whenever you notice something weird or worrying you should call a vet immediately. Check your pet cat for dehydration by gently pinching the scruff of the neck and letting go. If the scruff stays upright instead of sliding back into position, your cat is becoming dehydrated.

    Remember that high temperatures might lead to heatstroke. Click here to learn more about it.

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