Can Cats Get Sunburn?

Yes, cats can get a sunburn. Cats like the American Wirehair are especially prone to sunburns simply because their coats are made more of hair than fur and the coat itself is rather thin making lots of room for the sun to shine and even burn the skin. If you think your cat has a sunburn or irritated skin, please call your vet and schedule an exam. Do not self treat your cat and do not apply any types of lotion without talking to your vet first. A burn can be irritated if the right medications aren’t applied even if it’s just a sunburn. You can also help your cat avoid sunburn by keeping your cat indoors during super sunny days or even have your cat wear a loose-fitting cat shirt; anything to help protect the skin from exposure to the fur/skin. Talk to your vets Portland, OR to learn more.


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