6 Tips to keep your cat cool this summer.

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With the British weather finally warming up it’s important to make sure that you  keep your cat cool and comfortable indoors as well as out.

 If a cat becomes overheated they can start exhibiting these symptoms:

  • Restless behaviour as your cat tries to find a cool spot
  • Panting, sweaty feet, drooling, excessive grooming in an effort to cool off
  • Rapid pulse and breathing
  • Redness of the tongue and mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Stumbling, staggering gait
  • Collapsing
  • Coma

As heatstroke is very serious and can lead to death it’s extremely important if your cat starts to show any of this behaviour that you to take them to a vet asap.

Fortunately heat stroke is something that can be mostly be avoided using  little tricks to keep your cat cool.

As my cat Sharma is an indoor cat these are the things I do to avoid her becoming   overheated inside on a hot day.

1.Ice

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Keeping fresh, cold water always available for your cat is vital but I also like to add one or two ice cubes to my cat’s water to keep  it extra refreshing. Just like we opt for a cold drink with plenty of ice cubes  to keep us cool in summer cats also benefit from this.

2.Limit play time.

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Especially if you have a cat that becomes pretty active when playing.  I try not to encourage to much active playing when it’s very hot as my cat  is very lively when playing and will often run round the house like supercat  which obviously is going to increase her body temperature, just like us when  we exercise. Stimulation is important for cats, especially if they live indoors  so the best option would be for a short play when the weather is at the  coolest point of the day and not during the hottest times of the day.

                                                                3.Access to cold floors.

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If you have laminated flooring anywhere in your house it’s a good idea to give your  cat access to this room as cats will often like to lie on a cold surface to cool  themselves down.

4.Keeping your cat’s sleeping area cool.

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Most cat’s usually have their favourite place to sleep and keeping that spot cool  can be very helpful.  I put hard plastic freezer packs ( the kind that are used to keep your food and drinks cold)  under a piece of cloth or towel that my cat can then lie on.  I’d recommend not using the soft ice packs as these can easily be ripped open  and may be toxic to your cat.

5.Keeping rooms cool.

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Most of us will be trying to keep our rooms cool and bearable when were indoors  on hot days- windows open, air conditioning fans etc but it’s important to remember  to keep the room cool for your cat when you leave.  Although I wouldn’t suggest leaving your window open, keep your fan  on if it’s safe for your cat unsupervised and close the curtains as this  also keeps the room cooler.

6.Keep your cat groomed

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Cat’s will usually start moulting during springtime and it’s a good idea to brush  off any access hair to keep your cat more comfortable. If your cat’s anything like  mine they will love a good brush and it’s a great way to bond with your cat.

Also don’t forget to make sure your cat’s wet food isn’t left out too long in the  summer as it goes off much quicker and attracts flies

 

Do you have any tips on keeping your cat cool during summer?

 

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “6 Tips to keep your cat cool this summer.

    1. Thanks :). They seem to be doing ok, one of them had a little limp the other week but that seems to have gone now, which I’m so glad about because getting the RSPCA to actually come out to those foxes is a losing battle x

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      1. Have they,they are lovely though it’s always so nice to see them up close. I still need to get a pic of the little beauties. x

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      2. You know it sounds silly but I think they are really special. It’s strange if I go out really late at night one fox walks with me close by but not too close. One night I went to the shop on my own about 3 in the morning and he walked me up and waited for me around the corner until a group of people came. That’s the fox I told you I called Little Red, that’s been around since a cub. I feel like he was protecting me as silly as that sounds. I don’t know if you believe in this but I think if you look after an animal they will look out for you- wildlife included. x

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