Your Guide for a Cool Cat Summer
The scorching summer heat is fast approaching! As the temperature begins to rise, it's important to keep our feline friends cool and comfortable. While cats are known for their ability to regulate their body temperature, they can still be affected by the heat and humidity. Grab a refreshing drink, and let's take a look at some tips to keep your cat cool during the summer months.
Provide plenty of water
Cats need access to clean and fresh water at all times, but it's especially important during the summer months when they may be more prone to dehydration. Make sure to change their water frequently and provide multiple sources of water throughout your home (more water tips here!). Adding ice cubes to their water bowl can also help keep the water cool and refreshing.
Keep them well-groomed
Brushing your cat regularly can help remove excess fur and prevent matting, which can trap heat and make your cat uncomfortable. This is especially important if you have a long-haired kitty. Be mindful that their fur provides protection from the sun and can help regulate their body temperature.
Provide a cool place to rest
Cats love to lounge in warm spots, but during the summer months, they need a cool place to relax. Provide a shaded area with good airflow for your cat to retreat to during the hottest parts of the day. You can also provide a cooling mat or bed to help keep your cat comfortable.
Use fans and air conditioning
If you have air conditioning, make sure to keep your home at a comfortable temperature for your cat. Avoid turning the air conditioning off or bumping up the temperature while you are traveling. If you don't have air conditioning, use fans or open windows to create a breeze and circulate the air. Be sure to keep your cat away from direct sunlight and windows that can trap heat.
Provide frozen treats
Cats love treats, and during the summer months, frozen treats can be a great way to keep them cool and hydrated. You can freeze canned cat food or even make your own cat-friendly popsicles with water and a little bit of low sodium chicken broth. (Please consult with your veterinarian before introducing new foods or changing your cat's diet.)
Schedule playtime accordingly
Cats may be more lethargic during the summer months, but they still need exercise and mental stimulation. Play with your cat indoors during the cooler parts of the day to keep them active and engaged.
Be mindful of signs of heatstroke
Despite your best efforts, your cat may still be at risk for heatstroke during the summer months. Symptoms of heatstroke in cats include panting, lethargy, vomiting, and seizures. If you suspect your cat is experiencing heatstroke, seek veterinary attention immediately.
By providing them with plenty of water and a cool place to rest, you can help keep your cat safe and happy during the hottest parts of the year. Remember to be mindful of signs of heatstroke and seek veterinary attention if necessary.
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