When it comes to Summer, one of the most important things for feline owners to know is how to cool down your cat in hot weather.
1.If you’re going to be away all day and you know it’s going to get warm in the afternoon, drop three or four ice cubes into your cat’s drinking bowl before you head out. If you have a Catit Flower Fountain, you can add ice cubes to the reservoir to keep the water cool for longer.
2. Take a damp washcloth and stroke your cat with it. Most cats don’t mind a little bit of moisture on their fur, especially when they notice how it can cool them off.
3. Never leave your cat locked in a car. It only takes a couple of minutes for the car to overheat.
4. Placing freezer blocks or pads, or even a pack of frozen vegetables, well wrapped in a blanket in your cat’s favourite spot will help keep your cat cool in this hot weather.
5. If you have air conditioning, keeping your cat indoors will ensure that he stays cool too. Many of the things you do to keep the house cool for yourself will also benefit your cat, such as keeping the blinds, drapes, and doors closed.
6. If you have a cat who is outdoors, keep them inside during the hottest period of the day between 11 am –5 pm.
7. Don’t overexert your cat on warmer days. If you want to play with him/her, do so either in the early morning or in the evening when it has cooled down.
8. Watch for signs of heatstroke. Signs of heatstroke include; excessive panting, rapid breathing, lethargy, bright pink ears, confusion, weakness, inability to stand, shaking, tremors, and possibly seizures. If your cat does show sign of heatstroke please proceed to the vets immediately!
Following the tips above, heatstroke will be the last thing your cat has to worry about!
Your feline friend is our main priority and we hope these few tips will help put a chill between your cat’s claws on these warm Summer days, however long they may last.