Posted 23rd Jun 2016 by Peter Byrne
Cats Protection is offering advice to help keep your cat safe when it's outdoors this summer
1. Make sure that your cat is fully vaccinated before allowing it to go outdoors. Neutering is a vital step to prevent unwanted kittens being born and to reduce roaming.
2. Cats Protection recommend microchipping as a simple, safe and effective way of identifying your cat should he ever be lost outdoors.
3. Cats with white fur - including those with white ears or noses - can be hit with sunburn during the summer months, which can trigger a form of cancer. To protect your cat keep him indoors during the hottest part of the day, and when he does go out, try and give him shade with plants and trees.
4. Keep an eye on the more dangerous substances that could be in your shed or garage. Certain substances, such as antifreeze, disinfectants, insect and pest killers, could all prove to be lethal to your cat and should be kept well away.
5. Avoid plants which could be dangerous to a cat. For instance did you know that lilies can prove lethal to a cat? They can ingest pollen from its fur after brushing against them.
6. If in doubt you can go for catnip, mint, cat thyme and lavender.
7. A patch of long grass can be a great soft bed for your cat. It also has the added health benefit, as if the cat nibbles on the grass, it can help the feline to cough up hairballs.
8. Logs provide a brilliant outdoor tool, as cats can scratch themselves against them.
9. While ponds are a lovely addition to your garden, cats may be tempted to drink from it. Therefore, reduce the risk of them falling in by placing wire mesh firmly over the pond, or alternatively ensure that there is a low edge so that the cat can easily get out. Also make sure that water butts have a lid on them.
Information courtesy of Cats Protection
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