5 Tips to Keep Your Cat Cool This Summer
Keeping your cat cool in the summer can be a challenge, especially during heat waves. Cats, similar to humans, prefer temperatures between 65-75 degrees F (18-24 degrees C). Anything above that range can cause them to become uncomfortable and even lead to serious medical issues, such as heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
Cat owners can help keep their cats cool with a few key actions. Here are five tips for cooling off your feline this summer.
From fans circulating air to fresh water, there are several simple ways to make your cat more comfortable during the warmer weather.
1. Keep Your Cat Indoors
If you have a cat that ventures outdoors from time to time, consider keeping them indoors during the especially hot periods of summer. When taking this approach, it’s important to keep them entertained with activities, such as chasing toy mice or dangling string toys in front of them. This not only helps maintain physical activity levels but can also reduce stress levels for both you and your cat.
There are additional benefits to keeping your cat inside. Outdoor hazards, such as parasites, predators, traffic, and other cats, can all be avoided.
Read more here about bringing your outdoor cat indoors.
2. Close Curtain and Blinds
If you have large windows, you know how the sun’s strong rays can impact your indoor space. Close up during the sunniest times to keep your rooms from overheating. You may want to leave a bit of space if your cat regularly climbs up onto the windowsill to gaze outside. Later at night, you can crack the window to give you and your cat a nice cool breeze.
3. Use Fans to Circulate Cool Air
Fans can have a great cooling effect, especially on hot days. Place one in the room where your cat’s bed is so they can sleep comfortably.
4. Provide Access to Cold Surfaces
Get creative when thinking about the cold surfaces in your home. In addition to fan placement, you can put an ice pack inside your cat’s bed or encourage them to lay on the chilly tile floor.
5. Provide Fresh Water at All Times
Providing a fresh source of hydration throughout the day reduces the risk of your cat overheating. You can add some ice cubes to their water bowl or consider getting frozen cat treats for your cat to try.
What To Do if Your Cat Is Too Hot
How do you know if your cat is uncomfortable in the summer heat? Overheated cats may show the following signs:
If you notice any symptoms of overheating, contact your veterinarian immediately. In the meantime, move your cat to a cool, shady area. You can also wet a cloth and gently wipe your cat with it, especially on the belly and armpits. Never pour cold water over your cat or submerge them to cool them down.
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