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Meeting your cat's needs in summer

Warmer weather can present particular challenges to your cat. Take a minute to review the following tips to ensure you're providing the best care during this time of year.

  • Fleas. Summertime is flea time. So you may want to talk to your vet about preventative flea treatments, especially if you have an outdoor cat
  • Sun protection. If you have a white cat, her fur and skin won't provide enough protection from the sun. You'll need to put a dab of sunscreen on the tips of her ears and nose
  • Car danger. Never leave your cat alone in the car when it's hot. A cat can become severely ill or die from even short exposure to the extreme heat that can build up inside a car

More water. Both indoor and outdoor cats need extra water during hot weather, as they can easily become dehydrated. Watch out for the signs of heatstroke:

  • Heavy panting
  • Glazed over eyes
  • Unsteadiness
  • Staggering, vomiting
  • A dark red or purple tongue

If you think your cat has heatstroke you need to take her to a veterinarian immediately. In the meantime try to lower her body temperature by applying cool (not cold or freezing) water to her body and letting her drink small amounts of cool (again not cold or freezing) water. If you have ice packs you can apply them to your cat's head, neck and chest.

Cats are hardy animals and can handle most changes in the weather. A little assistance along the way, and the right Hill's™ Science Diet™ cat food will keep your pet healthy and happy.