Cat Health – Protect Your Cat from Too Much Sun

We all want the very best for our pets.  I think that most pet lovers have a big interest in dog and cat health issues.

It is for that reason that I write this blog.  I want you to be aware of anything that will help our pets, whether through pet nutrition or general health.   This post discusses one of the important but many times neglected cat health issues.

I have quoted an article below that discusses protecting our cat from the bad effect of the sun.  We know that our pets seem to enjoy the sun, especially on a cool day. 

As the article states, providing an adequate amount of sunshine can be a real benefit for our pets.  Protecting our pets from the damaging effect of the sun is more controllable for a cat indoors.

But for cats that remain outside for a portion of the day, the effect of the sun can be more difficult to control.

The article that I quote is entitled, “Sunshine and Cat Health.”  The author, Rose Ann Green, is obviously a pet lover.  She provides some good information on protecting our cats from the sun, both indoors and outdoors.

Here is the quote:

Most cats love to lie in the sun. They will find that spot in the house where the sun beats in and lay there for hours. If it gets too hot, most cats will move out of the sun. Cats are smart; they know when to move before it affects their health.

Is the sun good for your cat? Just like humans, research indicates that the sunshine can help improve your kitty’s mood. It also provides them with Vitamin D which is good for their health especially as your cat ages. Vitamin D can help strengthen their bones.

Just like human, cats can get sunburn. You do not want to let your cat soak up the sun all day outside, especially in the summer. If your kitty likes to be outside with you, make sure you provide shade and plenty of water.

Cats with white ears, white noses and white cats are most susceptible to sunburn. If you believe your cat has been sunburned, take him to the Vet right away.

Cats can also suffer from heat stroke. Some of the signs to watch for are panting, anxiety, increased heart beat and lethargy. If your cat if experiencing any of these signs, take him to the Vet. If it is just minor panting, bring him indoors and provide some cool water. Cats have been known to pant in the sun and be fine.

You can read the entire article here.

Rose Ann Green makes some good suggestions.  I encourage you to read the complete article to learn all she has to say.

If you have comments on handling this cat health issue, please let me know.  I want this blog to provide the very best information on the health and nutrition for our pets.  I certainly need your help in achieving that objective.  I wish you and your pets the very best!!

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