fleur1In this sunny weather, it is advised that our pets should be protected from its’ harmful rays, particularly if they are white or have been clipped. Some human products are harmful to cats, so just what is safe? Only one product currently has FDA approval, and that is Epi-Pet Sun Protector. This is great news for dogs and horses, but unfortunately is not able to be used on cats. A feline sunscreen is being worked on, hopefully it will be out within a year, but in the mean time avoid products with Octyl Salicylate, Homosalate and Ethylhexyl Salicylate as these are toxic to cats. Products containing Titanium Dioxide as an active ingredient are OK to use on ear tips and noses. This ingredient works by physically blocking the sun’s harmful rays, so it is not absorbed (much) by the skin. Always provide shade for your pets and a large bowl of drinking water. This is less likely to get tipped over, and will stay cool for longer.

…  Anne