When summertime rolls around, you probably want your cat to be able to enjoy the warm weather and holiday festivities with you. It's important to know how to do this safely, especially since Nashville summers can be very hot. Here are a few tips from our team at Nashville Cat Clinic on how you can keep your feline friend cool and healthy when the temperatures rise.
1. Be sure that your cat has water and shade available at all times.
To prevent heatstroke, make sure that your cat has a cool, shady place to relax and plenty of water to drink. If your cat is allowed to go outside, check that he has a cool spot to retreat and a source of water both inside and outside your house.
2. Check that your cat's vaccinations are up-to-date.
Cats are more likely to slip outside when the weather is beautiful. The windows are open, and there are plenty of squirrels and birds to chase. Protect your cat from picking up an illness by visiting the cat clinic to keep his vaccinations current.
3. Think twice about bringing your cat on a road trip.
Cats don't tend to like car travel, and cars can heat up to dangerous levels very quickly in the summertime. It's best not to bring your cat places in the car at all during the summer if you don't have to.
4. Avoid leaving your windows open without screens.
Cats can fall out of open windows if they're not screened. Indoor cats can also get out of the house easily through open windows and doors. Keep your windows screened to keep your cat safely inside.
Our Nashville Veterinarian Can Help Keep Your Cat Healthy This Summer
If you would like some personalized pointers on summer safety for your cat, or if it's just been a while since your cat had his last wellness checkup, our feline veterinary experts at Nashville Cat Clinic can help. Call us today at (615) 361-1844 to make an appointment with a veterinarian in Nashville.