Feline friends make wonderful pets. Whether you’re looking for help taking care of your cat this summer or are getting a new cat, consider these things:
Grooming cats and their unruly fur coats and sharp claws, needs to be a regular event. A Ragdoll, Himalayan, Birman or other long haired cat breeds need brushing once a day. Once a week is enough for a Siamese, Burmese, British Shorthair and more shorthaired cat breeds.1
Brushing your cat’s fur in summer is particularly important to keep it tangle free, and cooler. For long-haired cats, you may want to consider a trim in the warmer months.1
If your furry feline is the outdoorsy type, they need special care according to the season and weather conditions. Look after your cat in summer by providing plenty of water bowls, both inside and out.
Keep your cat indoors (they like fans and air-conditioning too!) during the middle of the day when it’s hottest. It’s also a good idea to provide a sheltered outdoor house, so your cat has somewhere to keep out of the heat, cold or wet.
If you're keeping your cat indoors during the warmer hours, teach it to use a litter box to instil good habits and stop it from relieving itself around the house. Luckily, cats are usually pretty quick at learning the ropes of a cat litter box, so it shouldn’t take too long. Keep your kitty happy by changing the litter regularly.
The ideal pet-friendly accommodation as far as a cat’s concerned is to be up high or hiding away in small spaces. Cat-proof your home and create a few good play areas for your fluff-ball. And when it comes to cat toys, don’t shy away. Toy mice, empty boxes, string – they love it all! Just make sure during the warmer months that there are plenty of cool spaces and share for your feline friend to snooze in!
Fleas and parasites can be tough to fight, so it’s a good idea to keep your cat protected with a good quality anti-flea treatment. Spot on treatments are one of the most effective and should be applied on your cat once a month.3
Take extra precaution with ticks – they can cause tick paralysis, which can be a debilitating disease. Cats living near overgrown grass or bushland areas in Australia are generally most at risk during spring and summer.4
If your cat is allowed to roam free during the day, it’s a good idea to get your new pet a microchip registration. Then if your kitty becomes lost, you’ll be easily reunited. It’s compulsory in some Australian states to microchip your cat, so check the laws where you live. Either way, buy your furry feline a cute name collar with its name and contact details on it.
Health care for cats is just as important as it is for their loving owners. Hopefully you won’t need to use it, but it’s always a good idea to have good-quality protective insurance in place, in case the unexpected happens.
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