While you might be having fun in the sun, it’s an entirely different story for our cats with their full furry coats. As the sunshine is set to continue, no doubt you’ll be keen to keep your cat cool. And thankfully, we’re here to help. Armed with these top tips, ensuring your feline friend is chilled won’t be a problem this summer!
1. WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE
Undoubtedly, the most important tip is to make sure your kitty has access to fresh, cool water, everyday. Even if your cat doesn’t usually make a habit of heading for the water bowl, with the rise in temperature, they’ll be keen to quench their thirst.
Top tip: if you’ll be out during the day, pop a couple of ice cubes into the bowl to keep it extra chilled.
2. THROW SHADE
Just as humans are warned to avoid the sun during its hottest hours of 11am to 4pm, your cat too should avoid it. If your kitty must be outdoors during the day, make sure they have access to a covered over area. Leafy trees or hedges are perfect. Alternatively, place a hooded bed outside such as this one, so that they can seek respite from the sun. Furthermore, leave a bowl of cold water in the shade.
3. UP YOUR GROOMING GAME
Brushing your cat has never been more important. With the rise in temperature, our cats shed their fur more freely, meaning dead skin builds up. Regular grooming is key as matted hair traps heat. This is especially important for long-haired varieties such as the marvellous Maine Coon. Not sure where to start? Check out 5 of the best cat grooming tools to have at home.
4. AVOID GREENHOUSES AND CONSERVATORIES
Unsurprisingly, these are a heat trap. With temperatures exceeding outside, they’re hot, stuffy and uncomfortable and therefore best avoided.
5. COLD COMPRESS
Although cats are renowned for having a distaste for water, a cold compress will definitely cool them down. The next time they’re sleeping, run a cold cloth over their fur for an instant cooling effect.
6. COOL AREAS IN THE HOME
Having a wealth of cold spots in your home that your cat can retreat to is a sure way to keep their temperature down. You may find your kitty naturally gravitates to areas such as the back of wardrobes, under the beds etc.
7. TAKE CARE IN THE CAR
If you’re travelling in the car with your cat, check out our post here for top tips on how to make it a safe and stress-free journey. Remember, you’ll need to keep the car well ventilated and your kitty should never, ever be left unattended.
8. COOL PLAY
Keep playtime with your cat to the coldest hours of the day, such as first thing in the morning or in the evening, as encouraging play during the hottest part of the day may lead to overheating and lethargy.
9. CLOSE CURTAINS AND BLINDS
An easy way to keep your home cool, is to prevent as much sunshine penetrating it as possible. This can be achieved by keeping blinds and curtains closed to encourage lower temperatures. Keep windows open to allow the flow of cool air.
10. KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEATSTROKE
Cats can suffer from heatstroke too so recognising the symptoms is vital. Signs of heatstroke can include any or all of the following: agitation, rapid breathing, distress, hot to the touch, glazed eyes, drooling and vomiting. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek the help of a vet as soon as possible.
11. CIRCULATE COOL AIR
Having a fan blasting or the aircon on where possible will definitely keep temperatures down. We’ve also been known to open the fridge and freezer doors, which our cat loves, for an instant blast of cool air.
12. BE AWARE OF SUNBURN
Believe it or not, despite all that fur, cats too can get sunburnt, particularly on those hairless areas such as the nose or ears. Cat sun cream is a real thing and we definitely advocate applying it to your kitty before she sets off out into the sun.
Do you have any top tips for keeping your kitty cool? Tell us in the comments below.