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How to keep your cat cool in the heat

  • Make sure your cat always has plenty water 
  • During the heat of summer, cats are at just as at risk of dehydration as the rest of us. Make sure their water bowl is full and that you regularly fill it up for them to make sure they aren’t thirsty! Of course, it goes without saying that this applies to all times of the year. You could also try giving your cat an ice cube to play with – perhaps flavouring it with a small hint of chicken/beef stock to encourage their interest in it.
  • Make sure there’s a shady spot in the garden if your cat goes outdoors
  • If there are no naturally occurring shady spots in your garden, you can easily create one by placing some cloth or cardboard over an area to keep the sun out. If you have an outdoor cat, make sure you check outdoor buildings like sheds and greenhouses before shutting them after use – we don’t want to accidently lock our kitties in overnight!
  • Use damp towels to cool down your kitty
  • Cats get the warmest on their tummies, the pads of their paws, their armpits, under their chin and on the outside of their ear. Although most cats hate getting wet, try dampening a cloth and gently stroking your cat with it from their head and down their back.
  • Keep your cat calm
  • A very active cat that is running around on a hot day will very quickly become exhausted and dehydrated. Encourage your cat to relax by creating a cool and darkened indoor retreat (see next point) for them to sleep in.
  • Create a ‘retreat’
  • Somewhere for your cat to rest, relax and feel safe. A top tip is to place a cardboard box on its side and position it somewhere cool and quiet in the house – such as behind a chair, or on a cool surface like a wooden floor. Line it with a breathable natural fabric such as a cotton towel. If it is particularly warm, water bottle can be filled with cold water and placed in their ‘retreat’ for them to lie on.
  • Brush them daily
  • Matted hair traps heat so give them a daily groom if possible. Especially important for long haired cats.
  • Allow your cat to choose a cool spot to rest in
  • Cats are clever when it comes to comfort and they will seek out places such as the bath or sink as these stay cool even when it’s hot outside.
  • Create cool play
  • Ice cubes are a great way for cats to play and keep cool at the same time. Put a few on the floor so they can chase them as they scatter around the floor – sure to provide you with some entertainment too!
  • Use your usual cooling methods to keep your cat cool too
  • Things that keep you cool will also benefit your cat – keeping curtains or blinds closed will keep the sun out.
  • Watch out for the signs of heatstroke
  • Although this generally only occurs in excessive heat conditions, it’s worth being aware of. Symptoms of heatstroke can include agitation, stretching out and panting heavily, extreme distress, skin hot to the touch, glazed eyes, vomiting and drooling. If you’re at all worried about your cat, always contact us immediately.