La vénération du soleil

Last Friday, the day after Louis Catorze’s birthday, it was Beltane, the Celtic start of summer. And, as most of us rethink our sun protection at this time of year, so does Louis Catorze. I’m not joking.

His recent allergy flare-up, and/or possibly friction against Le Cône, has caused him to lose fur from his ears. This is what they look like now, whereas a few months ago they just looked like normal, furry black ears:

Cochon.

My friend Lizzi thinks they look like pigs’ ears, which is revolting but she has a point. And now we can’t stop thinking about this. When we see pigs on television (e.g. when James Martin went to that pig farm in Dorset), we actually look for ones with ears like Catorze. I know. We really need to get out more (although there’s a very good reason why we don’t at the moment).

Apparently sunburned ears are a thing, albeit usually for pale-coloured cats. So, after seeking the vet’s advice, I have, erm, purchased some sunblock for Sa Maj.

Cat Daddy spat his tea all over his laptop when I told him. But, given that this is a cat who loves the sun so much that he used to take refuge in the GREENHOUSE during 35 degree heatwaves, he simply cannot be trusted to know what’s best for him.

Anyway, my quest for a cat sunblock revealed that there aren’t many U.K. options available, I imagine because we’re not exactly known for our sun. I eventually found some which, naturellement, costs twice as much as the product that we use on ourselves, for around 1/5 of the quantity. But it’s a relatively small price to pay to save us the crippling embarrassment of having to look another living soul in the face and tell them that our black cat has burnt his bald piggy ears.

So now the Sun King can sunbathe to his heart’s content.

If your cat is pale, bald, piggy-eared or or stupid enough to cook themselves half to death in the sun, you may wish ask your vet’s advice about something like this: https://www.vetsend.co.uk/dermoscent-sunfree-dogs-cats/?search=Dermoscent%20SunFREE%20for%20Dogs%20&%20Cats&autocomplete=true

15 thoughts on “La vénération du soleil

  1. Yes, cats can get skin cancer from sun exposure – usually white or hairless cats, but…And of course you have to get a special sunblock because there are chemicals in human sunblock that are harmful to cats (and some have been poisoned by licking off a human’s sunblock) So yes, you are wise to protect Le Roi. Or else maybe bundle him up in an old fashioned sunbonnet…

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      1. Someone did make him a bonnet once, although it wouldn’t have worked in this instance as his ears stick out of it. He wouldn’t wear it … but Oscar the dog did! 🤣

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  2. A couple of years back I read about a sun-loving albino big cat (I think he was a serval) who ended up getting skin cancer on his nose. The poor guy’s nose had to be removed (he’s fine otherwise, though). Getting sunblock for a cat doesn’t seem like a bad idea at all.

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