Everyone thinks about dogs getting hot in the summer but most people don’t think about their cats. I hate to break it to you, but your cat needs some relief from the summer heat as well.
Tips on How To Keep Cats Cool In Summer
- Keeping your cat indoors is the best suggestion. This will keep them out of the hot sun.
- If your cat goes outside, try to keep them inside from 11 to 3, that is when the sun is the strongest.
- If your cat does go outside, you can apply non-toxic waterproof sunblock, or a sunblock specifically designed for pets, on their ears, noses, and areas with very little hair.
- Give you cat access to fresh clean water at all times.
- Keeping your cat properly groomed will help them deal with the heat better. Talk to your groomer about the best way to groom your cat for the summer.
- Put screens on your windows. The breeze through your house is nice but your cat can squeeze through a surprisingly small space. Make sure you only open windows with screens.
- Some cats like to play with ice cubes, you can freeze cat nip in an ice cube tray to give them a fun treat that will keep them cool and feeling good.
Signs of Dehydration and Heat Stroke
- Heavy panting
- Loss of energy
If you suspect your cat may be over heating, move them to a cool place. If you have a room with a draught, even better, wet their coat with cool water but not freezing cold water, and then call your Albuquerque veterinarian immediately.
If your cat does go outside, make sure that they have their microchip so if they get separated from you they can be easily re-homed.