Get your cat summer-ready with Northlands' advice
People often think about how to look after their dogs in the summer months but may not think they need to do anything different for their feline friends. Our Kettering Vet Nurses are here to tell you why it is just as important to make sure your cat is prepared for summer. Get stuck into their summer prep list for cats below.
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How to ensure a happy summer for your cat
Summer cat health check
1. A lot can happen for pets in six months or a year, which is why it’s a good idea to get your cat checked by one of our Vets in Kettering in time for summer. A cat check will help to put your mind at rest, and it enables the Vet to make sure your cat is in good health for the hot season ahead and treat any ailments.
Parasite control for cats
2. Parasite control is very important as more cats will be roaming around Northamptonshire during the summer, encountering more species and more parasites! When is a good time to check your cat for fleas? When you are grooming them, which brings us nicely to...
3. Our Kettering Vet Nurses advise that cat grooming is important ahead of the summer months, especially for long-haired cats. There is no need to shave cats but if they have thick fur, regular brushing can ensure their coat is not as dense, which will keep them cooler.
Holiday cat sitter
4. Making holiday plans is high on most people’s to-do-list at the beginning of summer, but don’t forget to organise your cat’s holiday care. This could be a live-in or drop-in service, or a visit to the cattery. Either way, it is important to ensure whoever is responsible for your cat while you are away is adequately insured and qualified to do so. If your cat is staying at a cattery, they will need to be fully vaccinated and you will need to take their up-to-date vaccination certificate with you. Book your cat’s booster vaccination now.
Cats and heat
5. When thinking about the heat, it is important to protect cats. You should ensure they have plenty of access to water bowls, shade, hiding places away from the sun, and encourage them to stay indoors during the hotter times of the day. Cats can get heat stroke just like dogs, so be sure to keep an eye on them.
6. Our Vet Nurses warn owners to be extra vigilant in making sure their cat comes back every day. Cats seem to have a habit of getting themselves trapped in sheds, garages, and other outbuildings that may have been left open during the day. Ask people in your local area to check their outbuildings if your cat is missing.
Update your cat’s microchip details
7. Ensure your contact information that is connected to your cat’s microchip is up-to-date. This will give you peace of mind that if your cat wanders off in the warmer weather and gets taken to a vet practice, they are identifiable. If your cat has not been microchipped yet, give us a call on 01536 485543 and our team can book that in for you.
Is your cat due for a booster? Our team can check and book for you – contact us.
We hope you found our Veterinary Nurses’ advice helpful and are ready to get started with your cat’s summer prep. If your pet has a favourite Nurse, or two, pop over to our Facebook page and share it for #VNAM – Visit Northlands' Facebook page.
If you need to book your cat’s health check, vaccinations, microchip, or anything else, we are here to help.