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Summertime Dangers for Cats
1. Breeding and kittens: It is breeding season for cats and with this comes a number of things of which all cat owners must be aware.
In addition to these there are a number of other dangers you will also need to be aware of at this time of year. Female and male cats may be sexually active from 4 months age. They are very proliferative breeders and sadly there are always many unwanted kittens at this time of year. If you are looking for a kitten check with the RSPCA or other rescue groups.
Quick Fix: Desex now!
2. Fighting and territorial behaviours: Cats become more territorial at this time of year, particularly males, and we see a lot of cat fight injuries as a result, often requiring surgery. They can also get feline AIDs (FIV) from fighting. Entire cats are more prone to fighting and also tend to have larger territories to defend than desexed cats.
Reduce the risk by: Desexing, keeping your cat inside at night, FIV vaccinations
3. Wandering: for the same reasons as above, cats may be more prone to wandering at this time of the year. This can make them more prone to trauma such as being hit by a car or even getting locked in a shed and going missing.
Reduce the risk by: Desexing and keeping your cat inside at night.
4. Increased Stress: More wandering cats that are seeking or defending territory may cause your cat to suffer territorial stress. That might mean fighting or it might mean hiding under a bed.
Reduce stress: Feline pheromones such as Feliway, keeping indoors at night and desexing.
5. Urinating behaviours such as spraying inside inappropriately may result from such stress at this time of year.
Fix: Often difficult. Feline pheromones may help. Speak to your vet about your cat's situation and potentially the need for medications.
6. Snake Bites: As for any pet, snakes are most definitely a danger at this time of year.
Watch for: lethargy, wobbliness, inappetence, vomiting, flaccid tail and dilated pupils. If you are concerned, check with your vet ASAP.
7. Sunburn and skin cancers: Cats with pink noses and white ear are prone to developing skin cancers.
Reduce risk: keep out of the sun/inside and put sunscreen on their pink ears and noses.