Summer has officially arrived! As temperatures soar, although cats are good at seeking out places to stay cool, they can feel hot and bothered, and are at risk of heat stress. Here are five vetted tips to help protect your kitty and keep them cool:
1. Bring your cat indoors
Make sure they have access to a cool, shaded area outdoors. Ideally, bring your cat inside on hot days where air-conditioners and fans can provide relief.
2. Hydration is Key
Offer multiple containers of fresh, cool water. Consider adding an ice cube to one of the bowls in the morning to keep the water refreshing throughout the day. Make sure the water is out of direct sunlight.
If your cat prefers to drink from running water – try offering them a drink from your tap (collecting the unused drips for use in the garden or elsewhere) or consider investing in a water fountain.
3. Timely Play Sessions
Avoid playtime during the hottest part of the day. Opt for interactive sessions in the cooler morning or evening hours.
4. Caution in Cars and enclosed spaces
Avoid car rides on scorching days, but if necessary, ensure the air conditioner is running and the car is cool before your pet gets in. Never leave them unattended – it only takes a few minutes for a car to rapidly rise in temperature creating an oven like environment.
Cats often find unusual spaces to hide – ensure you are never leaving your cat in an enclosed space such as a small room or garage on a hot day.
5. Stay Cool with a Wet Coat
Most cats hate getting wet, but dampening their coat with a small towel wet with cool water and dabbing it over your cat’s fur, together with a breeze, can bring some relief from the hot weather.
ALWAYS be on the look out for signs of discomfort or distress. Panting, restlessness, drooling, red tongue or vomiting can indicate heat stress. If your cat is displaying concerning signs please see a Vet straight away. Remember, VetChat Vets are on online and ready to help with your pet questions, 24/7.