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

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


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


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