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Tips for Training Your Furry Cat for Summer

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Summer is just near the corner, and whether you have a cat who remains strictly indoors or a nature-loving adventurer who enjoys the great outdoors, we’ve got suggestions to help you keep your amazing kitty cool, safe, and comfortable all summer long.

Follow these useful hints from our compassionate team of cat-loving professionals, and your cat will be well-equipped to take on the dog days of summer!

Give Her the Spa Therapy

Who doesn’t love a fine hair day? Your cat’s lovely coat is her crowning glory, but a little help getting rid of that winter coat will perk up her appearance and make her more relaxed in the summer heat. Regular brushing at home with Hank deshedding brush — Which means less fur on your furniture, too!

Save Her From Parasites

Atlanta’s lovely, subtropical climate implies that our cats need parasite prevention year-round, but we must be extra alert during our hot, humid summers. Organize a wellness visit before summer is in full swing and ask about safe, effective flea, tick, and heartworm preventives or use Hank flea comb. Even if your cat stays indoors, these irritating parasites can wriggle their way through screens, tie a ride on your clothing, or fly right through an open door. 

Keep Her Cool and Hydrated

Yes, cats love to be comfortable, but they can still overheat. Make sure your cat always has clean water, and never contain her in a space that could get too hot. If she does like to see the outdoors, make sure she has access to a shaded spot with plenty of water. Add a few ice cubes to make the water extra refreshing! Keep a close eye on senior or overweight cats who are more inclined to heat exhaustion. 

Plant Cat-Safe Gardens and Flower Beds

If you’ve got a kitty who loves to stop and smell the flowers, make sure your garden beds are free from poisonous plants. Opt for natural pesticides (think diatomaceous earth or nematodes) that are pet-friendly; read all tags carefully—even on fertilizer—and you can create a cat-safe outdoor Eden. 

Cat Scratching on the Uptick?

Your cat’s seasonal allergies could be in full bloom. If you catch that she’s scratching, self-grooming, or head shaking non-stop, organize an appointment so we can get her feeling relaxed again in time for all the summer fun you have scheduled. Left untreated, all that itching and scratching could lead to secondary skin diseases.

Plan a Summer of Fun Activities

Summer cat fun is limited only by your creativity! Cat owner activities for summer can be as easy as making frozen cat treats (tuna cubes, anyone?) or as complicated as adding a catio. Float some toys in a container of water and watch her try to scoop them out, or help her hunting instinct by hiding some of her favorite toys or treats in a box loaded with grass clippings and leaves. Any type of indoor or outdoor enrichment will add to your cat’s quality of life and make her summer special!

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