It is wonderful to enjoy the sunshine, but just as we are liable to sunburn, our animals can be too. An article from the Cats Protection League gives this advice:
SKIN CANCER IS NOT JUST FOR HUMANS, CATS GET SKIN CANCER TOO!
It is a fact that skin cancer and sunburn in cats is on the increase; white or light-coloured furred pets are at most risk because their skin lacks natural pigmentation which helps to block out the harmful UV rays. Most at risk are the areas with little fur, such as the tips of the ears and noses as they get greater exposure to the sun’s UV rays.
TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR CAT SAFE IN THE SUN:
- Limit their exposure to direct sunlight, especially during the hottest part of the day
- Use pet sun cream on white or thin fur, on the nose, ears and other vulnerable areas
- See a vet urgently if you notice ulcers or sores on your pet’s skin.
- Early diagnosis and treatment may save your pet’s life.