UK: warning from vets: cats need to wear sun cream

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Cat with amputated ears due to sunburn

Britain is getting hot and veterinarians have warned that cats need to wear sun cream and pet guardians also need to take particular care over their flat-faced dog breeds such as pugs and bulldogs. These breeds are particularly prone to heatstroke and breathing difficulties.

Cat with amputated ear flaps due to cancer due to sunburn.

Ears lost due to sunburn. Photo: Cats Protection.

Yesterday temperatures topped 27°C in Britain and veterinarians are telling us to slather factor 30 sun cream on our cat’s ears to prevent them from being sunburned. White cats and cats with light coloured fur are particularly at risk. If you surf the Internet as I do frequently looking for cat information then you will no doubt see white cats with amputated ear flaps. These cats have either been frostbitten or they developed cancer in their area flaps due to exposure to ultraviolet light under hot, sunny conditions.

Last summer, in the UK, it was particularly hot for a prolonged period. As a consequence, almost 2/3 of veterinarians reported having treated animals for heat-related conditions over that period. The conditions included heatstroke, heart conditions, scorched paws, sunburn and breathing difficulties.

If you believe in global warming then you will believe in hotter summers in the UK in the years to come. Therefore concerned cat and dog owners should think about the effects of hot sunny weather on their cat or dog when they’re outside. In the UK almost every cat owner lets their cat wander freely outside. Cats do not take into account the damage that can be done by ultraviolet light. That is obvious but it needs to be stated because it’s down to their human caretakers to do some particular cat caretaking.