7 Tips for a Fun and Safe Cat Summer

7 Tips for a Fun and Safe Cat Summer

When those perfect summer days arrive, many of us start to dream about an escape from the ordinary to enjoy some fun in the sun. And that goes for cats, too! There are plenty of ways for indoor and outdoor cats to enjoy summer adventures. But you’ll need to take precautions to ensure your favorite feline enjoys a safe, happy, and healthy cat summer.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! From grooming routines to travel tips, here’s your guide to helping your cat enjoy the best summer has to offer.

Cat Summer Adventure Tips for Indoor and Outdoor Cats

Whether you’re staycationing at home or exploring the world this summer, some thoughtful planning and prep can help make the season a success for you and your cat.

Here are some top tips to consider before you hit the road (or chillax close to home) with your favorite feline this summer.

1. Visit your vet to prep for summer fun

Before embarking on any summer adventure with your cat, it’s important to schedule a visit to the veterinarian. Your vet can make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and preventative medications, in case your travel exposes your cat to new pests or illnesses. And, if you’re flying with your cat, some airlines may require updated health record showing your cat is fit to travel. Pro tip: For stress-free travel, sign up for a free GreatPetCare account to keep all your cat’s important health details at your fingertips.

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2. Keep them groomed to beat the heat

Cats naturally shed more during warmer months to help regulate their temperature. You can help your cat stay cool and comfortable by keeping their coat well-groomed. Brush your cat regularly with a deshedding brush to remove excess fur and prevent matting. You may also want to consider using soothing shampoos specifically formulated for cats to address any seasonal skin issues they may experience during the summer.

3. Get ready (and protected) for the Great Outdoors

Summer can be the perfect time to explore the world around you. And as long as you take proper precautions, even indoor cats can benefit from outdoor adventures. Wherever you roam, ensure your cat is microchipped and wears a collar with identification tags in case they get lost. Invest in a harness and leash for supervised outings. Don’t forget to pack a portable water and food bowl to keep them hydrated and nourished while on the go. And even if you don’t intend to spend too much time in the great outdoors with your cat, remember that both indoor and outdoor cats need year-round protection from fleas, ticks, and other parasites. So be sure your cat is protected before you start adventuring!

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4. Chill out with cool treats

A bit of sunshine is nice, but high summer temps can be hazardous to your cat’s health. Indoor or out, help them beat the summer heat with delicious and refreshing treats! Consider making kitty popsicles (or cubes) using cat-safe ingredients like tuna or low-sodium chicken broth. And if you and your cat will be outside for extended periods, you’ll need to take some extra precautions.

“For outdoor cats, make sure they have access to shaded areas, fresh water, and regular check-ups,” advises UK-based veterinarian Dr. Alex Crow, MRCVS. He adds that you should keep your cat indoors during the hottest part of the day (usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.) to prevent skin cancer and heatstroke.

5. Plan for indoor adventures, too

When the outdoor temperatures become too hot to handle, keep your cat entertained with indoor activities. “Cats need to stay active and engaged to prevent boredom and stress,” explains Dr. Crow. You can create an obstacle course using household items like boxes and tunnels to stimulate their mind and body. Or opt for interactive toys and puzzle feeders designed to stimulate their instincts. (Maybe paired with a tasty incentive, like Greenies cat treats!) Some pet parents set up a designated window perch for bird watching or even an indoor/outdoor option like a catio to encourage play. Keep in mind that even indoor activities could put cats at risk of overheating. So watch for signs of heat exhaustion in your cat, even when indoors.

6. Prep a First Aid Kit

It’s always a good idea to have a travel first aid kit on hand in case your cat gets hurt when you’re away from home. But before you and your cat hit the road for summer fun, be sure to stock up on essentials, as well as solutions to common summertime hazards and concerns, like burn cream for scorched toe beans, tweezers for removing bee stingers or trail debris, and prescription or over-the-counter pain medications to help ease any aches and pains that may accompany activities.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to set up your GreatPetCare account to keep emergency contact numbers for your veterinarian and local animal hospital easily accessible.

7. Travel jitters? Keep your kitty safe and calm

Summer is the ideal time for exploring. But if you plan to bring your feline friend along for the ride, traveling with your cat may require some extra steps. Start by getting your cat used to the carrier with treats and positive reinforcement. For cats who may experience anxiety during travel or outdoor activities, consider using calming solutions, such as pheromone sprays, calming supplements, or anti-anxiety medications prescribed by your vet to help keep them relaxed and stress-free.

With these tips and tricks in mind, you can create a summer experience that’s as enjoyable for your cat as it is for you. Summer is a great time for making memories and strengthening the bond between you and your furry friend. So, embrace the season, savor the moments, and cherish the joy of summer with your feline companion by your side!

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