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The Importance of Sunscreen for Cats

When we think of sunscreen, cats might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, just like humans, our cats can be susceptible to the harmful effects of the sun's rays. In this blog post, we'll explore why using sunscreen on cats should become an important part of caring for some cats in the summer. We'll also discuss why it's important to avoid using human sunscreen and recommend some pet-safe brands available in the UK.

  1. The Risks of Sun Exposure for Cats: Contrary to popular belief, cats can get sunburned and develop sun-related conditions such as skin cancer. Cats with light-colored or thin fur, white or ginger ears or noses, or hairless breeds are particularly vulnerable to the sun's damaging UV rays.

  2. Why Human Sunscreen is Not Suitable for Cats: Using human sunscreen on cats is a big no-no. Human sunscreen often contains chemicals that can be toxic to cats if ingested or absorbed through their skin. Additionally, cats groom themselves extensively, increasing the risk of ingesting harmful substances from sunscreen products.

  3. Understanding Pet-Safe Sunscreen: Pet-safe sunscreen is specifically formulated for the unique needs of our feline companions. It is non-toxic and free from ingredients that could harm them. Look for sunscreens designed specifically for cats or those labeled as pet-safe.

  4. Choosing the Right Sunscreen for Cats: When selecting a sunscreen for your cat, consider the following:

  • SPF: Opt for a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) to provide maximum protection.

  • Broad-Spectrum: Ensure the sunscreen offers broad-spectrum protection, shielding against both UVA and UVB rays.

  • Fragrance-Free: Cats have a sensitive sense of smell, so choose a fragrance-free sunscreen to prevent any discomfort.

  • Lick-Proof: Look for a sunscreen that is designed to be lick-proof, reducing the chances of your cat ingesting harmful substances.

In the UK, there are several pet-safe sunscreen brands available. These include FiltaClear, Purr Sun Cream and Dermoscent. I recommend you use sunscreen on your cat's white or ginger ears and nose at least once a day from June to September, and remember that UV rays can penetrate glass too - so even if your cat is indoor on a sunny window you should still help protect them.

Additional Sun Protection Measures: While sunscreen is essential, it's also crucial to provide additional sun protection for your cat. Create shaded areas in your outdoor space, offer plenty of fresh water to stay hydrated, and provide access to indoor areas during peak sun hours.

Sun protection is not only for humans but also for our beloved feline companions. By using pet-safe sunscreen and taking additional measures to shield them from the sun, you can help prevent sunburn and reduce the risk of serious health issues such as skin cancer.

Together, let's ensure our feline friends enjoy sunny days without compromising their health.

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