The weather affects pets in the same way that it affects humans. Hence, pet owners need to arm themselves with enough knowledge about treating their pets in different seasons.
According to the survey carried out by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) for the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey, about 85 million families own a pet. Out of these families, 42.7 million households in the United States own cats. The statistic is a direct indication of the undying love we have for a cat.
Owning a kitten can be enjoyable and rewarding. Cats serve as comfort for us and can be entertaining when playing. However, caring for them properly with food, water, and healthcare is part of owning an animal companion.
One way to take care of your kitten is to treat them and maintain them according to the weather. Summer is here and the sun is out. You may want to let your kitten outside to play in the backyard, which is a good thing, but you will want to pay attention to sun exposure and watch for problems in extreme heat. Ensure they can remain properly hydrated to withstand the summer sun and follow these tips to care for your kitten in the summertime.
Medical doctors have always advised us to drink plenty of water or healthy fluids on hot days; the same goes for your kittens. On hot days, your kittens get dehydrated quickly because of the heat. Hence, they will need a supply of clean water at all times.
Although cats find it hard to regulate their body temperature, they always show some noticeable signs, such as excessive panting or sudden dull mood and lethargy. If you notice these symptoms, immediately give them water, and if there’s no change for the better, contact a trusted vet right away for help.
During the summer, you might allow your kittens to play outside. While letting your cats play in nature is a good thing, you might also want to ensure they don’t pick up roaming parasites. Summer is the time for parasites like ticks and fleas to breed. These parasites can easily hang on to the hairs on your kitten and cause parasitic infections. To prevent unforeseen incidents, take your kittens to a trusted animal hospital to have them screened and protected from parasitic infections.
The tips of the ears of your kittens are susceptible to sunburns. A lot of people are usually shocked that cats suffer from sunburns as much as humans. This is why you should reduce the amount of time they spend outside in direct sunlight during the summer. If your kitten is going to spend long hours under the sun, you must provide shade to reduce sun and heat exposure. You can purchase cute pet umbrellas or shade houses from pet stores, and remember to always provide clean water for them to access.
If you have ever sat in a parked car for a reasonable amount of time, you will notice how fast the car temperature increases. You felt uncomfortable and distressed. That is precisely how your kittens will think if you leave them in a parked car on their way to the vet or an outing. Apart from your kittens feeling uncomfortable, they can also fall prey to heat stroke, which can be detrimental to their health. If your kitten ever experiences heatstroke, contact the nearest animal hospital for help.
Treat your kittens the same way you’d treat a human baby. If you think the weather is too hot, it is probably too hot for your kitten. Conduct everything concerning your kitten in health moderation and adhere strictly to all the rules listed above.
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