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
- Stumbling, staggering gait
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?