Snoops and Kommando Kitty here. We are taking a break from our interviews to pass along some summer safety tips. We suggest you read them and leave several copies around the house for the humans. In front of the computer screen is usually a good place. In their “bathroom” is another.
Roads – Hopefully you all remember the rhyme your mother taught you, “Road + Cat = Splat”. You should never play in the street. If you must cross the road, “Listen well, sound will tell.” The things humans drive are noisy. You may hear them before you see them. Be sure your adolescents know that playing “chicken” waiting for the car is a stupid idea. Girls are not impressed by idiocy.
Machinery – Humans use a lot of things that make noise. They want the grass shorter. They want the tree and bush limbs a certain length. They want to get rid of the high weeds. And they don’t know how to do anything quietly. Or by hand. The general rule here is, “If it makes your ears sore, head straight for the door.” All of the human machines are dangerous to kitties.
Note – do not let any small human convince you that you will have “fun” riding on one of these loud machines.
Heat – It seems like we cats should like summer. After all, it’s basically one big sunspot. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, “Sidewalks are hot. Walk on them not.” If like to take the occasional stroll by yourself or with your human, try to stick to the grass. Our paw pads aren’t covered with fur and are sensitive to heat.
If you do feel your feet burning, find some water to put them in. It will stop the burning. Stay off of them as much as possible until they feel better. Do not let a helpful human try to use one of their remedies. Just because it’s safe for humans, doesn’t mean it’s safe for cats.
Note – especially stay away from aloe. It’s a plant that humans use on burns and seems to work really well for them. It’s like poison to cats.
Make sure you drink plenty of water. It’s important to keep your body at peak efficiency, How else will you be able to chase after the bugs and moths that are so tasty this time of year?
If you are an indoor/outdoor cat, make sure your human leaves you water both inside and out. The outside water needs to be in a shady spot. That way you can enjoy a drink and nap in the same place.
Water – Speaking of water, we know that some of you cats like to participate in water sports. Things like sailing, surfing, kayaking, etc. Remember, “Wear a vest for water past your chest.” Most cats are pretty small, so it’s safest to always wear a vest when you go to the beach.
Life vests come in a variety of sizes. Make sure yours is snug but not too tight. The idea is to keep you safe, not turn you into a sausage.
Note – sand is usually hot. Have your human carry you, if possible. If they forget, jump on them. You won’t have fun with sore feet.
Children – Remember that summer is the time when the human children will be around full-time. They are usually fun and good to sleep with.
Try to avoid being dressed up as a doll. The clothes will be hot and uncomfortable. You will most likely be strapped into a carriage or stroller where you can’t see what is going on. And you won’t be able to get out on your own. Cats hate that.
Note – the older ones will be around more. Be careful. They usually have some sort of gadget in their hands that they are looking at. They will walk around looking at the screen and may trip over you. You should avoid this unless they have irritated you. In that case, get out of the way before they fall.
Parties – Humans like to get together outside in the summer. Generally speaking, it involves food and some sort of hot surface to cook it.
No matter how good it smells, avoid these parties. There are a lot of noisy humans who may step on you. They may sit without looking and some of them are rather large. Try to snatch your food when no one is looking.
We hope these rules will help you have a safe, healthy summer. We are not responsible for humans who do not cooperate. You may want to find a large spider (or two) to put under the covers of their bed.
All pictures courtesy of Google Images
22 thoughts on “Cat Forum: Summer Safety”
Snoops and Kommando Kitty, thank you for this post. A good idea to stick these orders around the house. Humans just don’t think everything what they do.
Have s great day!
a cat in faraway Finland.
Thank you Kosmo. We’re glad you agree with the idea of human forgetfulness. Purrs, Snoops and Kommando Kitty
Excellent article! I love the fact that you impart serious information, yet have a threat of humor! Good job!
Thank you! Can’t remind people too many times. 🙂
In a day or two, I plan to reblog this – as you said, can’t remind people too often. 😉
Brilliant what more can I say. Very important facts…..paws up.🐾🐾🐾🐾
Thank you! Have to make sure all the kitties are kept safe. 🙂
Those rhymes are great
for those who want to live past eight.
Very nice! 🙂
Very impressive list, so many dangers.
The one that really surprised me was the aloe. I had no idea it would poison cats
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I wish the world was much safer for us pussycats. Humans seem to create a lot of hazards. Hmm… Mom has been treating my itchy ears on occasion with a teensy bit of special aloe gel, but Mom got the OK with the V-E-T first.
Humans have their uses (like opening food cans and typing for us), but they are a lot of trouble. We’re sure that the amount of aloe in the gel is way less than the amount needed to get sick.
Great reminders, thanks!
Thank you! And thanks for stopping by.
love the first shot with the hard helmet!
Well now, that’s a lot of rules to ‘member. Fankfully, mommy’s purretty good ’bout takin’ care of us so we don’t have to ‘member anythin’. MOL Big hugs
Dezi and Raena
You are very fortunate kitties. 🙂
Great list!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing. I’ll pass it along to my kitties.
Thank you! I’m sure they’ll all cooperate to help each other