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As the summer heat sets in, it’s not just humans who need to find ways to stay cool and comfortable. Our feline friends also require special attention and care during the scorching months. High temperatures can pose various risks to cats, including heatstroke and dehydration. To ensure your furry companions are safe and comfortable, we’ve compiled a helpful guide on dealing with cats in the summer.

Hydration is Key

Just like humans, cats need to stay hydrated, especially in hot weather. Make sure to provide fresh and cool water at all times. Consider placing multiple water bowls around the house or even adding ice cubes to their water to help keep it cool throughout the day. Additionally, you can offer wet food to increase their water intake.

Create a Cool Environment

Provide your cat with a comfortable and cool space to relax. Keep curtains or blinds closed during the hottest parts of the day to block out direct sunlight and heat. Consider using fans or air conditioning to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. If your cat enjoys the outdoors, ensure there are shaded areas in your yard where they can escape the sun.

Grooming and Coat Care

Regular grooming can help your cat cope with the heat. Brushing their fur removes loose hair and prevents matting, which can trap heat close to the skin. However, avoid shaving their fur completely, as it provides protection from the sun and regulates body temperature. Consult your veterinarian or a professional groomer for advice on appropriate grooming techniques for your cat’s breed and coat length.

Safe Outdoor Adventures

While it’s important to provide outdoor stimulation for your cat, extra caution is necessary during hot weather. Avoid taking them outside during the hottest hours of the day. Instead, schedule playtime or walks early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Always provide access to shade and fresh water while they are outdoors.

Be Aware of Heatstroke Symptoms

Heatstroke is a serious condition that can be fatal for cats. Be vigilant for signs such as excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, or unsteadiness. If you suspect your cat may be suffering from heatstroke, immediately move them to a cooler area, offer cool (not cold) water to drink, and contact your veterinarian for guidance.

Indoor Enrichment

Engage your cat in indoor activities to keep them entertained and mentally stimulated. Provide interactive toys, scratching posts, and climbing structures. These distractions can help prevent boredom and minimize their desire to seek out hotter areas of the house.

 

What signs of over heating should I look for?

Cats are sensitive to temperature changes, and it’s essential to ensure they are comfortable, especially during hot weather. Here are some signs that your cat might be too hot:

  1. Panting:

Cats don’t normally pant like dogs, so if you notice your cat panting excessively, it could be a sign of overheating.

  1. Restlessness:

If your cat is constantly moving around, trying to find a cool spot or position, it may be trying to escape the heat.

  1. Lethargy:

On the flip side, excessive lethargy and lack of energy can also indicate that your cat is struggling to cope with the heat.

  1. Seeking cool surfaces:

If your cat is lying on tile floors, near air vents, or trying to stay close to cool objects, it’s a sign that they are trying to lower their body temperature.

  1. Excessive grooming:

Cats groom themselves to cool down, but if you notice them obsessively grooming, it might be a sign of discomfort.

  1. Sweaty paws:

Cats can sweat through their paw pads, so wet paw prints may suggest that they are trying to cool down.

  1. Loss of appetite:

A hot environment can lead to a loss of appetite in cats.

  1. Rapid breathing:

If your cat’s breathing is faster than usual, it could be an indication of overheating.

 

Purrrrfect take away

Taking care of cats in the summer requires attention and proactive measures to ensure their well-being. By following these tips, you can help your feline friends beat the heat and enjoy a safe and comfortable summer. Remember, when in doubt, consult your veterinarian for personalized advice based on your cat’s specific needs. Stay cool, and may you and your furry companion have a wonderful summer together!

 

For more useful tips to keep your kitty cool in the summer check out dailypaws.com/how-to-keep-cats-cool-in-summer or bluecross.org.uk/top-tips-for-keeping-your-cat-cool-in-summer.

Feel free to contact us via email info@pawt4paws.com or phone 1-888-898-9080 for any needs you might have pertaining to the above, or regarding our products and how they might ease the stress created from your pet’s experience.