The arrival of spring and summer means warm days and sunshine, and the chance to spend more time enjoying outdoor activities. If you share your life with a cat, the warmer months can result in a number of health hazards for your feline family member. It’s important that you’re aware of these so you can take steps to keep your furry friend safe.
Here are some of the most common summer dangers for your cat.
Fleas are more common in summer and may cause skin irritation and itching, but the products use to keep these little biting parasites in check can be dangerous. Cats are very sensitive to the ingredients used in them and if a dog product is used, or even if you use a product that’s designed for cats and use it incorrectly, the results can be devastating. Always use insecticides exactly as directed and never ever use a dog product on a cat.
If you enjoy gardening, that flower bed you’re so proud of can make your cat very ill. Some flowers such as tulips cause gastrointestinal upset and lethargy if eaten, but others are potentially fatal. If your cat nibbles on a member of the daffodil family they may vomit and have diarrhea, but they can also develop heart rhythm abnormalities. Lilies are even more dangerous, and can lead to kidney failure and death. Keep your puss away from dangerous plants; even better, choose flowers that won’t make them sick should they swallow them. Snail bait or insecticides that are used around your garden could also poison your cat so use them cautiously or fence off the part of your garden you are treating.
We all enjoy lying in the sun, so it’s not surprising that our cats do too. However, we use sunscreen to protect ourselves from sun damage. Cats are also at risk of sunburn if they are exposed to the sun for too long. White or light colored cats are particularly at risk, and sun cancers are common on their nose and ear tips. To keep your much loved feline family member safe, keep him indoors during the hottest part of the day.
There’s nothing more pleasant in summer than sitting back dangling a fishing line in the water and hoping for a bite. Even if you don’t catch a fish, the smell of bait on your hook is very appealing to your cat. If he licks or bites the hook, it may traumatize his mouth or even worse, pierce his cheek. This can result in a trip to the vet to have the hook removed under anesthetic. Before you sit back and relax after your fishing trip, put your rods and tackle away so there is no risk to your cat.
Spring and summer usually see an increase in hay fever symptoms in people, and the most common treatments for itchy eyes and a runny nose are antihistamines. Cats don’t often sample human medications but if your pet does decide to chew on your tablets, he may become quite unwell. Symptoms of antihistamine overdose include tremors, convulsions, vomiting and confusion.
Fortunately, most cats recover with veterinary care but why take a chance with your cat’s health? Keep your allergy medication well out of his reach.
The summer months are a fun time of year, but be alert to potential hazards. If you’re aware of what could harm your cat, you can take steps to protect him. By doing so, you can both enjoy the warm weather without needing to rush your cat to your vet for treatment.
We’ve no doubt all seen and heard about the infamous skateboarding dog, Tillman. But anything dogs can do cats can do better, right?
Meet Didga, the world’s best Skateboarding cat who has been learning to skateboard for 18 months takes off with his skateboard (named Ollie) around the beautiful beach town of Coolangatta, Australia.
We think you’ll agree with us when we say – go Didga!
Grumpy Cat, real name Tardar Sauce, is a cat and Internet celebrity known for her grumpy facial expression. Lil Bub is an American cat and celebrity known for her “perma-kitten” appearance. Each has their own Wikipedia page and millions of fans around the world.
We never dreamed it could happen but these two famous cats were finally given the opportunity to meet during the Internet Cat Festival, currently being held in Minneapolis sending the internet into meltdown and their Twitter and Vine pages into a flurry of activity.
Both cats seemed a little nervous to begin with but we’re sure this is the start of a beautiful friendship…
Cats of any size love boxes, they’ll snuggle up in a box that’s big or small, it doesn’t seem to matter. But what’s the attraction?
Some say its because cats enjoy the comfort and security of a small confined space, like it’s their very own den or cave, so is the box the perfect cat bed?
Here are some funny photos of cats loving their boxes.
Want to see more?
Here’s a bonus video with some big cats loving a big box…
Which cat did you like the best? Let us know – we’d love to hear your thoughts and see your own cats in their boxes!
Butcher’s Pet Care has been creating mouth-watering meals for cats across the nation for more than 10 years, and is excited to announce two new additions.
Butcher’s Really Fishy and Really Meaty have been specially developed to contain all the vitamins and minerals your cat needs, including salmon oil to keep its joints healthy and added pro-biotic to help boost immunity. It’s also full of meaty flavour which any discerning feline desires.
It’s nutritionally balanced and complete, so cats who love a natural cat food diet won’t need anything else adding to their bowl alongside Really Fishy or Really Meaty.
With 6 different flavours including both meat and fish options such as Tasty Salmon and Juicy Lamb, Butcher’s Really Fishy and Really Meaty cat food offers the variety your cat deserves with a desirable taste they will truly enjoy, and will keep them coming back for more time and time again.
Clare Scallon from Butcher’s Pet Care said: “Cats know what they like and every owner naturally wants to please their pet, and see an empty bowl after every mealtime. A meat diet is really important to a cat – you only have to look at the razor sharp teeth and their hunting prowess to know that they are ultimately carnivores. We’re confident that our new Really Fishy and Really Meaty flavours will please the palate of your cat, whilst at the same time they are packed with natural goodness to meet the needs of an active cat.”
As well as offering great tasting meal with health benefits, the new range is cereal, gluten and soya free. What’s more there are no artificial preservatives or colourings. This means your cat will get everything it needs in one bowl to keep them active, healthy and ready for any adventure whether it be in the back garden or further afield.
Butcher’s Really Fishy and Really Meaty are available in Asda and Morrisons stores in 6 x 400g canned multi packs and can be picked up in Morrisons stores for only £3.00 between 7th July-31st August!
As part of their sponsorship of ITV’s ‘You’ve Been Framed!’ and commitment to celebrating the fun moments our pets bring into our lives, Butcher’s Pet Care, makers of Butcher’s NEW Really Fishy & Really Meaty, are searching for Britain’s Most Adventurous Pet!
Butcher’s Really Meaty & Really Fishy are packed with natural goodness to meet the needs of an active cat, this means your cat will get everything it needs in one bowl to keep them happy, healthy and ready for any adventure – whether it be in your back garden or further afield.
To enter this competition and make your cat famous, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/butcherspetcare/
Butcher’s will be running a series of competitions over the coming weeks before a grand final is announced!
Winners will be chosen fortnightly and will win £50 in vouchers, with each winner going into the grand final where you could win £500 worth of vouchers!
Butcher’s are a family firm and know cats are a big part of our family lives. Help them celebrate the pleasure, love & companionship that cats bring by entering today.
Have you ever seen someone just walking down the street with a happy demeanour and wondered what might be tickling their senses?
The life of the average cat is no doubt a happy one, they can come and go as they please and their time is very much their own.
Could that be the very thing that makes these cats some of the happiest on the internet? Or could your cats happiness rival them?
Meet Maru, this 9 year old has a lust for life and small spaces as his blog shows.
Shironeko, which translates to ‘white cat’ in Japanese has his own Youtube account which show him wandering through life with a zen (albeit slightly sleepy sometimes) expression showing his content natures.
Here we have one of our favourite videos from his channel:
Here are some others who’s owners think they’re the happiest cats in the world…
2. Mr Kitty
3. Miss Pooty
(Okay, so we’re rather smitten with Sierra, but still she looks happy doesn’t she!)
Have a happy day from all at ActiveCats.co.uk 🙂
If cats could rule the internet, they would. You can see it in their facial expressions, can’t you. So when it comes to a dogs vs cats photobombing contest, who would you put your money on being the funnier, more natural photobomber?
Here are 14 of the best cat photobombs to bring a smile to your face.
No.1 – the interrupter.
No.2 – the wedding crasher.
No.3 – the peek-a-boo’er.
No.4 – the ‘did someone forget the ‘seek’ part of hide and seek?’
No.5 – the tail.
No.6. – the window cat.
No.7 – the oldie but a goodie, check that expression out!
No.8 – the peek a boo cat!
No.9 – the classic behind your back face.
No.10 – the cheeky monkey.
No.11 – the babysitter.
No.12 – the wedding crasher, part two.
No.13 – the beauty expert.
No.14 – the shocked kitty!
Let us know which was your favourite – we’d love to hear from you!
Puzzle solving cats are just the best! Cats who don’t obey the rules of the game are even better.
You’ve heard the expression ‘cat and mouse’ right? Well it seems cats are the ultimate hide and seek exponents…