Cats Are Cool, Obviously. But Make Sure Your Cat Feels Cool, Too.
Summer is a great time to have a kitty friend. Finally, you get to lounge around in the languid summer heat as much as your cat does every day of the year. Think sunglasses selfies with your furry friend, and endless purring as you enjoy summery drinks and treats by your kitty’s side. But while you enjoy the summer weather with kitty, it’s important to remember that your cat wants to stay cool in the summer just as much as you do.
Because most cats are covered in a delightfully thick coat of fluffy fur, they can become overheated and even suffer from heat stroke. In the warmer summer months, keep an eye out for signs of heat stroke, including hot paws, panting, increased heart rate, and trouble walking.
If your cat starts showing any of these symptoms, wrap your pet in a cool damp cloth and call your vet right away. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to prevent your cat from overheating, so check out this list of ways to keep your kitty cool as a cucumber this summer.
Hydration Is Key
On especially hot days this summer, put out extra water dishes so your cat can hydrate easily throughout the day. If possible, refresh these water dishes a few times a day to make sure the water is cool and drinkable.
If the temperature is supposed to be extremely hot — we’re talking 80 degrees or hotter — consider stocking the water dishes with ice cubes so your kitty can stay refreshed and satisfied.
Create an Oasis
The best thing for a cat to do on those sweltering summer days is to relax and chill, an activity that it probably has lots of experience with already. Don’t over-exert your feline friend by engaging in tiring activities like laser games. When applicable, allow your cat access to cool spaces like a damp basement or a cool linoleum floor in a bathroom or kitchen.
When temperatures get extreme, consider creating a cool room for your kitty by wrapping a pack or ice or frozen veggies with a cloth and placing it in a cardboard box. Most likely, your cat will enjoy loafing in the cool little space.
Keep Your Cat Groomed
Brushing your cat regularly can help to keep it cool when temperatures rise. If you have an indoor cat, consider shaving her. However, many vets suggest refraining from completely shaving a cat that spends some time outdoors, since this can make your kitty vulnerable to sunburn. Light-haired are more susceptible to sunburns, so if your cat falls under this category, it might be best to keep her inside on super hot days.
Cool Cats Are the Best Kind of Cats
In addition to taking these measures to keep your cat cool and comfortable in the summer, you should also make sure your house circulates air well. Open windows, box fans, and air conditioning when necessary will help keep both you and your cat cool.
As the summer heats up, make sure to keep your cat cool and to invite your furry friend for summery cocktails on the porch, because furry FOMO (fear of missing out) is the worst kind of FOMO.