As we all get ready for tank top and flip flop season, it is extremely important to remember that we aren’t the only ones who experience overheating as temperatures rise.
Our precious fur-babies can also experience the side effects of the heat and unlike humans, dogs and cats don’t have the ability to sweat. That means that it takes a lot more to keep their bodies cool during the summer months.
Our cats are totally able to get overheated which can lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal.
There are various things you can do to ensure your indoor or outdoor cat remains safe from exposure to severe heat.
Here are 5 tips you can put to use as soon as temperatures start to climb.
1. Keep your kitty hydrated
Dehydration is one of the very first signs of overheating. When hot, a cat’s blood temperature rises and they can begin panting heavily in order to cool their bodies off but that isn’t always enough. You can help with their cooling-off process by making fresh, cool water available all at all times. If your cat goes outdoors, it’s a great idea to have multiple drinking bowls in and around your home including the garden and porch. Since cats truly love and enjoy running water, introducing them to a cat drinking fountain could do wonders.
2. Keep the temperatures cool indoors
There are a lot of people like to reduce their energy usage and costs by shutting off air conditioners and fans when they’re not home, but this is a dangerous practice for pet owners. The temperature inside your house will soar right along with the outside which means your pet is likely to be trapped in a warm house with no cooling options. So before you leave your home for any reason, make sure you you have a few windows open at the very least to create a cross breeze.
3. Make your home’s ‘cool spots’ more accessible
Your kitty will automatically seek out the cooler spots throughout your home as the weather warms up. Shady rooms, areas with tiles, under furniture and boxes are much more likely to be your cat’s go-to, so you should always make sure they’re clean, clutter-free and easily accessible.
4. Limit your kitty’s playtime hours
The heat is bound to take a toll on your cat’s energy levels, so it is wise to designate early mornings and evenings as playtime hours. This is particularly important for kittens and and also senior cats who tend to be at higher risk for heatstroke.
5. Groom your cat often
Brushing your cat daily is extremely important for preventing their fur from becoming matted and trapping even more heat -especially in cats who are long-haired cats. A well-groomed coat actually increases the airflow which is crucial for your cat’s health.