Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Sun sense

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Like pale-skinned humans, white cats or cats with white ears and/or noses are very susceptible to sun damage and skin cancers. Sunburn of the ears looks much the same as it does on us – red and flaky skin. After several years of sun exposure the ears curl and bleeding sores develop.

Pale pink noses ulcerate and scab in the sun. If the ulcer penetrates the cartilage under the skin layers the skin cancer is very hard to eradicate.

Prevention is far better than cure. Keep your white cat indoors out of the sun, especially in summer between 9am and 4pm when the most intense UV rays beat down.

If sun exposure is unavoidable apply a waterproof, high SPF sunscreen labelled as safe for babies to the ears and hairless areas. It should be applied at least 10-15 minutes before your cat goes outside. The nose is difficult to protect but don’t be tempted to apply a zinc based sunblock product as the zinc could poison your cat.

Tattooing does not work because the ink is deposited in the dermis, the layer below the one affected by the sun.

If you notice any ulceration or scabbing of your cats’ nose or ears bring them in early to see us to prevent the cancer spreading to the cartilage under the skin.


Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

asthma hungry sudden blindness introduce petting cat ribbon fear holidays poisons pet weight cough grooming senses tablet senior litter box paralysis tick spray christmas kidney disease slow high blood pressure bad breath cta fight old competition prey eye ulcer paracetamol signs of pain fever tumour moving dental check best veterinarian feline AIDS enteritis bladder socialisation decision to euthanase fits pet insurance bed hearing sick head thirsty kitten behaviour rigid head pain relief poisoning cat flu enemies mental health of cats tick twitching diabetes sore litter paralysed dry food obese lily snuffle exercise vomit rash new year vomiting stare into space checkup teeth ACT roundworm lymphoma skinny in season stress painful skin hunters on heat adipokines calicivirus abscess,cat fight tartar kittens bump echocardiography wet litter vision groom fluid pills best clinic nose scabs urinating outside litter abscess xylitol open night spey urinating grass gifts New Year's Eve old cat hiding not eating snakebite outdoor cat urinating on curtains or carpet hunting sneeze depomedrol activity strange behaviour cat enclosures whiskers food puzzles foreign body sensitive allergy information night hairball kibble stiff insulin heavy breathing fleas birthday kitten deaths noisy breathing desex lame toxins runny nose ulcers check-up weight control cat behaviour wobbles new cat collapse polish kitten play worms sense of smell cat containment aspirin restless pred nails gasping introduction furballs feline herpesvirus joints snake cage heart disease cat fight permethrin unsociable sick cat mass changed castration fight change home visit chlamydia string eye photo competition Hill's Metabolic obesity kidney cat history flu hole eyes Canberra Cat Vet lump body language eye infection pain blockage holes in teeth snake bite behaviour change snot visit goodbye holes salivation headache FIV return home aggressive radioactive iodine aggression blind indoor cats meows a lot hospital cranky health check best vet cat friendly Canberra hyperactive euthanasia poisonous plants home mouth breathing ulcerated nose best cat clinic constipation scratching post liver poison sore ears comfortis breeder paralysis skin cancer mince sucking wool fabric diarrhoea sun enclosure drinking more kidneys marking antibiotics odour brown snake rub hypertension yowling discount blood test cancer advantage award mycoplasma desexing overweight cat rough play bladder stones flea prevention unwell panadeine corneal ulcer hunched over tooth snakes blue breathing difficult scratch client night hunter anaemia snuffles examination blood physical activity arthritis heaing appointment sensitive stomach panleukopenia urine IBD panamax straining RSPCA opening hours diuretics cat vet learning off food drinking a lot rolls seizures renal disease blood pressure dental treatment pancreatitis African wild cat worming thyroid fat appetite introducing pain killer prednisolone attack lilies cystitis hard faeces cortisone dymadon diet annual check furball love virus microchip tapeworm spraying open day wool conflict itchy carrier blocked cat feline enteritis anxiety panleukopaenia scratching revolution massage free holiday lick dilated pupils jumping scale urine spraying runny eyes panadol cat worms face rub hyperthyroidism computer aerokat herpesvirus catoberfest introductions ulcer urination FORLS train dementia weight loss blindness pill bite pica hypertrophic cardiomyopathy cryptococcosis poisonous vocal new kitten touch house call tradesmen pheromone crytococcosus feliway sore eyes lilly cognitive dysfunction plaque toxic plants intestine cat enclosure when to go to vet vaccine fireworks training vaccination blood in urine allergy, dental AIDS pet meat antiviral inflammatory bowel disease biopsy flea treatment vet visit thiamine deficiency

Archive

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions