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Caring for your Cat this Summer

Grove Vets, based in Randalstown and Ballymena blog about the dangers which cats may face during the summer. Grove Vets listed four common place problems which could cause your cat to become ill.

Photo Credit: Ralph Arvesen; Creative Commons
Photo Credit: Ralph Arvesen; Creative Commons

They include;

  • The wrong Flea Treatments – Insecticides which are found in “spot on” flea treatments designed for dogs can be very toxic for cats. At this time of the year you might want to treat you cat for fleas, if you do make sure that you pick the right treatment. Call into Grove Vets and we will make sure that you “spot on” flea treatment wont be poisonous to your cat.
  • Toad toxicity – Toads spawn during the summertime and are out and about frequently especially at dusk. If your cat comes across a toad and licks them they may be poisoned and need to see a vet. Symptoms can include frothing, foaming, vomiting, seizures and collapse in severe cases.
  • Slug and Snail Pellets – These are common poisons put down by gardeners to deal with unwanted slugs and snails. If the pellets include metaldehtde it could be harmful to your cat. If your cat has ate a pellet or even just a small amount you will quickly notice incoordination, muscle spasms, and tremors. If you think your cat has ingested a slug or snail pellet then get to your vet as soon as possible.
  • Antihistamines (hay fever medication) – As the summer pollen begins to irritate hay fever sufferers the obvious help comes from antihistamine tablets. While being harmless for humans if your cats has ingests a lot of these tablets then it could result in vomiting, lethargy, incoordination, wobbliness and tremors.

Cats are wonderful pets but it is impossible to watch them ever second of the day. Be vigilant and look out for any changes in behaviour, eating habit and demeanour. If your cat is showing some of the symptoms listed above then get in touch with Grove Vets in Ballymena or Randalstown. Call 028 2565 6023 to make an appointment for your pet. Groves Vets can check your cat over and give you the advice and help you need to care for your cat this summer.