When we think of summertime dangers for pets, we're probably thinking mostly about dogs. Dogs spend more time outside; dogs tend to have a more intense relationship with what's on the picnic table; dogs are more likely to like the water.
But some cats hang out outdoors, or near pools and ponds – and too much sun can have harmful effects on our feline friends, too. Now that summer is officially underway, it's a good time to review the hot-weather dangers that might face our cats – with a little help from this rundown from PetPlace's Dr. Dawn Ruben.
1. Fights with other animals. If your cat spends more time outdoors in the warmer weather, chances are she's not on a leash – and other cats roaming the nabe aren't either. Consider a small harness, or only letting Fluffy out under supervision.
2. Insects. We would never have put "maggot infestation" (!) on our list of cat-related worries, but warm weather means more insects…means flies can lay eggs on your cat's skin or in cuts and scrapes.