Keep Your Cat Cool This Summer

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Posted on: 19 September 2016 by Denise Walton

Our feline friends don’t have many options like us humans to beat the summer heat. It’s up to us as pet owners to take up initiatives and ensure our little furry buddies are comfortable during a heat wave. Unlike dogs, cats don’t pant and hence the sweat is released through their paws.

7 Ways to Keep Your Cat Cool This Summer

 

Our feline friends don’t have many options like us humans to beat the summer heat. It’s up to us as pet owners to take up initiatives and ensure our little furry buddies are comfortable during a heat wave. Unlike dogs, cats don’t pant and hence the sweat is released through their paws.

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1. Ensure there are Ice cubes for your cat when you are away

Let’s face it, we all have to leave our home for different reasons but that doesn’t mean we leave our poor animals locked up at home to endure the scorching heat. The following ways can help ensure your kitty has a more relaxing time:

  •     In a bowl of regular water, place 4-5 ice cubes to ensure the water stays cool
  •     Cat drinking fountains are extremely helpful as they automatically refill water to          ensure your kitty has enough throughout the day     

2. Fans and Air-conditioning are a life-saver for your pet

On especially hot days, your pets require an extra hand to cool themselves off. Be a considerate pet parent and:

  • Turn on the fan closest to where your pet usually relaxes
  • If you have an air conditioner, ensure the room is well cooled

Air ventilation plays an important role in cooling your pet down.

3. Shield your rooms to Avoid Direct Sunlight

Cats are susceptible to open sunlight and may tend to overheat extremely fast if your shades are open.

  • Ensure your pet does not rest in a room with direct glares from the sun
  • Close the blinds when you leave the house
  • Prevent your pets from playing outside on particularly hot days

Signs of heat stroke to look out for in your pet can be diagnosed using this guide.

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4. Avoid Keeping your Pets Locked up in Cars

An extremely insensitive thing to do for any responsible pet parent is to leave their cat or any other animal, locked up in their car. One of the leading causes of pet fatalities in the States is due to the irresponsibility of leaving pets in locked cars.

  • Ensure there is sufficient ventilation, and keep the air conditioning on
  • Bring a friend along to provide supervision for your pet while you run your errands

Popular cat breeds like Persian, Himalayan, and Cymric have thick furs and are prone to dehydration a lot quicker than other breeds, such breeds are best avoided to bring on a trip.

5. Bare Floors are great for cooling your pets

Non-carpeted space or tile surfaces act as cooling pads for your cats, it’s advisable to:

  • Remove rugs and carpets around an area where your pets frequent
  • Basements are also great places for cats to avoid the sun and cool their bodies

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6. Popsicles are the way to your kitty’s heart

Just like us, cats love a good Popsicle or two to play around and cool themselves in the process. This frozen treat provides instant relief for your kitty. You can also:

  • Freeze your cat food overnight to ensure it stays cool throughout the day
  • Try to follow a diet high on light snacks to avoid overfeeding your cat during summer

Here is a video guide on how to make popsicles for your cat.

7. Give your kitty a haircut

Fur balls can form on your kitty and this can make life uncomfortable for it, consider:

  • Trimming your cat’s hair to the right length can assist in its cooling efforts
  • Avoid shaving your cat, the skin can be exposed to lethal sunburns

Despite all the efforts if your cat begins to show signs of drooling and panting, immediately rush it to a vet. These are symptoms of a heat stroke.

About Author:

Holds expertise in the area of pet training, health and welfare. Currently I am working in Pet Vet Animal Hospital in Houston, Texas. I enjoy working with pets, training them to do anything from tricks, agility, obedience, and herding. I love to help others learn to train their dogs and develop a positive relationship with each other.

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