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Protect cats from sunburn: Suitable sunscreen


Cats also need to be protected from sunburn, especially ears and nose are sensitive. Bright fur noses and cats without fur need a lot of protection. But which sun cream is best to apply to the cat's nose and ears? The nose and ears of cats especially need sun protection - Shutterstock / maudandros

There are also special sun creams for cats, but certain products for humans also protect house tigers from sunburn. What criteria must they meet and what other protective measures are there?

Sunscreen for cats: this is important

The sun protection factor (SPF) of the sunscreen should be at least 30 for cats, better for 50 and more for Sphynx cats and white fur noses. This also applies to freelancers. Because they do not come back so often to re-apply their sun baths and explore, so a high level of protection against both UVA and UVB rays is essential.

The cream does not have to be explicitly designated for animals, but should be suitable for sensitive skin and free of fragrances and dyes. Ideally, the sunscreen is waterproof, absorbs immediately and protects immediately from the sun, so it does not have to act first. Mineral UV filters are recommended. It is also best to make sure that the sunscreen is not oil-based, as such products could be toxic to your cat if it licks off the cream.

Above all, apply cream to the edges of the ears and the nose, as well as the inner thighs and the abdomen, where the fur is very thin. Unpigmented skin and fresh scars should also be rubbed with sunscreen. So-called nude cats need protection all over their bodies.

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More tips for protecting against sunburn

The sun's rays are particularly strong and dangerous between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try to keep white, red and furless cats indoors during this time when the weather is nice. The walks of the velvet paws should be postponed to the morning or evening hours. Enough shady spots through trees, bushes, sun sails or umbrellas offer free sun protection to outdoor users and at the same time protect them from heat stroke or sunstroke. Cats should not doze too long in the sun on the open window or on the balcony. Play tents and caves in the cat tree provide shade and are cozy.