Your cat’s paws are amazing. Their paw pads have a whole lot of nerve receptors that help them balance and hunt. All of these nerve receptors mean that your kitty’s paws are incredibly sensitive.
The soft pads of cat paws are sensitive to pressure, pain, and most importantly as the summer months arrive, temperature. Outdoor cats’ paws can suffer bad burns and can even get nerve damage from overly hot pavement or other surfaces.
Of course, CatTime recommends keeping cats indoors and only letting them outside in safe yards or enclosures under supervision. You can get a cool outdoor cat tent here to let your kitty play outside without worrying about getting hurt.
Here’s how to keep your outdoor cat’s paws safe without cooping them up inside for the next few months.
Help Your Cat Toughen Their Paws
Most outdoor cats will have paw pads that are more resilient than an indoor cat’s, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t help them out.
By providing your outdoor cat with a rough scratching post or cat condo, you give them a surface to rub their paws on and toughen them up.
Keep Your Kitty On Grass If Possible
While this isn’t an option for everyone, if you have the space to have a contained outdoor area for your cat that is exclusively on grass and other heat reflective surfaces, use it!
Consider installing a catio to give your cat a safe space to play outside.
Making sure your cat does not have access to burning hot pavement is the easiest way to prevent paw pad damage, although we know this is not an option for everyone.
Give Your Cat A Pavement Free Chill Zone
Make sure your outdoor cat has a safe and shady resting area near your home. There are lots of cooling pads on the market for pets that your outdoor cat may take a liking to.
Giving your cat this cool safety net will not only keep their paws safe, but help combat heat stroke and dehydration, too.
Use Paw Wax
Your cat may not like the idea of you grabbing their paws and rubbing a balm on them, but it beats burns and cracks from hot surfaces.
Paw balms are non-toxic and can be used for dogs, as well. They’re really useful in the winter, too, when there’s salt and lots of ice on the ground.
Clean & Check Your Cat’s Paws Frequently
Be sure to check your outdoor cat’s paw pads daily for any signs of damage or stuck debris between toes. Gently wipe their feet and reapply paw balm as needed.
This type of paw care should be done by everyone, not just those with outdoor cats. Our cats rely on their paws for so many things, so we have to keep them in tip top shape.
It’s vital to keep tabs on your outdoor cat during the hot summer months. If there are any heat advisories, be sure to bring your cat in — not just to protect their paws, but also their life.
Does your cat have a safe outdoor enclosure where they can hang out? What do you do to take care of your cat’s paws in summer? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!
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