Usually, cats and hot weather do not always go well together. Just like other animals during summertime, cats are at risk of dehydration, as well as heatstroke.
These conditions are severe, and they can result in illnesses and even death. Therefore, keeping your cat safe during this period should be your number one priority.
In this article, we will be discussing the best ways to care for cats in the summer. We’ll give you some vital tips on how to cool down your cat, and how you can keep them safe during this season.
By the way, when you get time, check out the Cat Purrspective Persian Cat Health Guide here.
Offer Your Cat Plenty Of Water
It is always common sense to check on your cat’s water bowl, especially during the summer season. Ensure that you refill your cat’s bowl when it is low, since they cannot go for an extended period without water.
Design Some Shade In Your Garden Or Yard
As a cat owner, it is vital to design shade in your garden that will allow your cat to cool down during the summer period. This is more essential if your cat loves being outdoors.
You can create shade in your garden by placing some cardboards or cloths over an area to aid in keeping the sun out. In addition to that, you should consider checking outdoor buildings (such as greenhouses and sheds) prior to shutting them, as most cats will get locked in accidentally throughout the night.
Brush Your Cat Daily
Often, matted hair tends to trap heat, which will elevate your cat’s body temperature. If possible, you should consider grooming your cat daily. You should note that this more essential for cats with long hair.
Keep Your Cat Out Of Greenhouses And Conservatories
Greenhouses and conservatories can get very hot, irrespective of how warm the weather feels. You should note that these areas tend to exclude the cooling breeze, and they will magnify the heat significantly. Moreover, cats are prone to get trapped in greenhouses and conservatories.
Cool Down Your Cats Using Damp Towels
Some of the warmest parts of a cat’s body are the pads of the paws, tummies, armpits, outside their ears, and under their chins. Despite the fact that most cats hate being wet, you should try a damp cloth with cold water and stroke your cat gently from the neck down, towards their back.
Keep Your Cat Calm
A cat who is active and tends to run around during hot days will become exhausted and dehydrated pretty fast. Therefore, as a cat owner, you should try and encourage your cat to relax when the outside temperatures are scorching hot.
Create A Retreat
When it comes to comfort, cats are very clever; they will look for places to keep themselves cool, such as the sink or bath, when the outside temperatures are high.
You might as well consider creating a cool and darkened indoor retreat that will help in keeping them safe and relaxed. You might consider using a cardboard box on its side, and then position it in a cool and quiet area in your house, such as on a wooden floor or behind the chair.
In addition to that, you should line it with a breathable, natural fabric like a cotton towel. You could also put cooling products underneath, like freezer gel packs, but you would need additional layers of cloth in between.
Try To Keep Your Cat Indoors
With the temperatures scorching hot during the summer, it will be best for you to have your cat inside, especially the hottest hours of the day.
Take Care Of Your Cat While In The Car
Unlike dogs, it is less common for cats to travel in cars; however, they are susceptible to the risk of high temperatures, just like dogs. When taking your cat to the vet, or a cat show, for instance, you should never leave them unattended in the car.
You should always ensure that their carriers are secure, allows for air circulation, and is well shaded. The preferable design is a plastic box with a wire mesh door that is correctly secured.
Summertime can be stressful for cats when they are not taken good care of. Therefore, as a cat owner, you should consider practicing these tips to keep your cat safe from heatstroke, or potential death.