Summer safety! If you are fortunate enough to have a pool in your backyard, there are some safety tips you should know on how to keep your cat safe. Even if your cat is a strictly indoor cat, a well-timed escape and slip into the pool can quickly become tragic. Or maybe you have an adventurous cat that loves to take a dip! Whatever the case, here is everything you need to know about pool safety for cats.
Pool Safety: Teach Your Cat To Swim
For some cats, the idea of even toeing a body of water is nothing short of a nightmare. Still, if you have a pool, it might be a good idea to teach your cat to swim just in case they slip. Introduce your cat to the water in a calm, quiet manner. You can slowly loosen your grip on your cat (but still hold her!) as she gets used to the water. Eventually, her instincts will kick in.
It is important to not just put your cat in the pool and expect her to swim, though. Being near your cat and reassuring her she is safe and secure will make this an easier experience – for everyone. Even once she is comfortable swimming, you should always be in the pool when your cat is, just in case something happens.
Understand The Symptoms Of Near Drowning
If your cat falls into the pool and is submerged for some time and you grab her, you may think you are in the clear. Cats can experience near-drowning, or a form of asphyxiation even 24 hours after the initial event. Symptoms of near drowning in cats include bluish gums, red and frothy spit-up, and a gurgling sound in the chest. If you suspect your cat is experiencing near-drowning, get her to your vet ASAP. If left untreated, the potential water in the lungs can collapse the organ.
Know That Some Pool Chemicals Can Irritate Cats
While a short dip won’t hurt your cat, prolonged exposure to common pool chemicals like chlorine can irritate your cat’s skin. It can also hurt your cat internally if she decides she is thirsty and tries to take a sip from the pool. If your cat is hanging out with you by the pool, be sure to have a fresh, clean water bowl available to her so she isn’t tempted to drink a chlorine cocktail.
Invest In A Water-Detecting Collar
If your cat is particularly clever and finds a way to constantly escape, a water-detecting collar will alert you if she accidentally slips into the pool. When these types of collars get wet, they send out a sound to alert you.
Be Sure To Dry Your Cat’s Ears If She Does Go For A Dip
If your cat is secure being in the pool (while you are always supervising, of course), it is important to make sure her eyes are nice and dry once she is out. Just like with human swimmers, bacteria can start to grow in your kitty’s ear and cause a nasty ear infection.