How To Keep Your Feline Feeling Fresh This Summer
“I regard cats as one of the great joys in the world. I see them as a gift of highest order.” - Trisha McCagh
Cats are good at enduring heat, but once it gets really hot, our feline babies will surely suffer. Cats only perspire through their paws making their ability to cool down very limited. They can easily suffer heatstroke and dehydration, and in severe cases, these could be fatal. Don’t wait for this to happen, here are 13 tips for feline parents to keep their purr babies safe and cool this summer:
An abundant supply of fresh water
Keep your cat hydrated. Leave several bowls of fresh water around so she can easily drink whenever she wants to. Cats love to drink fresh water. Encourage your cat to drink by changing the water several times a day or by using a drinking fountain. You can add ice cubes to make the water cool.
Help your pet in beating the heat by giving him cool treats. Just as you enjoy ice cream and shakes, your cat would definitely enjoy snacking on frozen tuna or chicken. Simply freeze canned cat food or broth in an ice cube tray and you’ll have lots of tasty and cool snacks ready in no time.
A chill hideaway
Cats are creatures of comfort and they will search for cool places like the sink or the bathroom as these places stay cool even when the weather is hot. Help them cool down by creating a nippy and dim hideaway where they can chill out and pass the hot day away. Using a cardboard box and cotton towels, make a dark and cool retreat for your pet by placing the box on its side and line it with the towels. Place the box in a quiet and cool place in the house and add frozen dry towels or frozen water bottles to make the temperature cooler.
Let the breeze in
During hot summer days, you can simply open the windows to let the air in. If you’re afraid that your kitty would run out while the windows are open, you can use wire mesh or screen to prevent them from escaping. You can also use a fan to help them cool down or leave the AC on during the hottest time of the day.
A tangle-free well-groomed coat will help in keeping your cat cool. Tangled hair traps heat inside and blocks air from coming in. Brush your cat’s coat daily.
Most cats don’t like to take a bath or getting wet. Help them cool down by rubbing their body with a damp cloth, the little moisture from the cloth will make them feel refreshed.
Keep them indoors
Keep your pet inside the house when the temperature is at its hottest. If they really have to go out, let them out early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Also, make sure that there are cool and shaded areas in your garden where they can rest.
Don’t leave your pet in the car
If you have to go out and take your cat with you like going to the vet or the cattery, ensure that they are in a secure and cool carrier with good ventilation. Don’t ever leave your cat in the car as the temperature inside a parked car goes up so fast and your pet won’t be able to take it.
Cooling mats and frozen water bottles
Cooling mats can be a very big help to cool down the temperature. There’s a variety of pet cooling mats available in the market. You can also use frozen water bottles, ice packs, or frozen dry towels wrapped in cloth and placed near their favorite hangout.
Playing actively raises your cat’s body temperature. Active play should be scheduled early in the morning or late in the afternoon. If it can’t be helped and she still wants to play during midday, place some ice cubes on the floor and let her play with them. It’s a great way to keep your cat cool while she plays.
They need sunscreen too
Cats with a light coat or pink skin are prone to sunburn and skin cancer. It’s best for them to avoid direct sunlight and use a sunscreen made especially for pets on their nose and ear tips whenever they go out.
Before locking up for the day, check sheds, conservatories or greenhouses to see if your cat is hiding somewhere. Cats love cool spots but being locked up in there can lead to dehydration, stress, and other problems.
Be aware of the signs of heatstroke
Since cats are not good at cooling down, they can easily overheat. Just like humans, cats can suffer from heatstroke and sunburn too. Keep an eye out for the following signs:
- Panting excessively
- Extremely hot temperature
I hope that these tips will help you in keeping your fur babies cool this summer. If you notice your pet showing any of the signs of heatstroke, help your baby to feel comfortable and rush immediately to the nearest vet.