Many of us love the warm and sunny weather, but with temperatures soaring - our cats can become uncomfortable. Even our hair free, carefree sphynx furriends could do with a bit of cooling down.
With temperatures in the UK (and globally!) soaring to record highs, we thought we’d put together some top tips to keep your cat HAPPY and HEALTHY during the hot summer months.
1. WATER - fresh water is vital, and lots of it!
2. COOL & SHADY
Ensure your cat has a few cool and shady spots to retreat to around the house/ garden.
Brush your cat often, as clean, unmatted fur will help them keep cool. You can even take a damp cloth to lightly dampen their fur.
3. COOL AIR
The summer months for indoor cats can be particularly challenging. Make sure you open your windows just a crack- to let some cool air breeze through, or buy a small box fan and place it at floor/chair level.
You can even recreate air conditioning, by placing a frozen water bottle in front of the fan. Your cat will love the breeze blowing through their fur.
Another idea is to elevate your cat’s bed, so the cool air under the bed keeps them feline cooool.
If you’re out all day, place 2 or 3 ice cubes in your cat’s water bowl before you head out.
5. Double-check your cat is safe
During hot days (well, any days!), cats can have tend a tendency to wander into garages, cupboards, lofts, sheds... in desperate search of shade. Make sure you double-check any enclosed spaces before you shut the door - to avoid dehydration and heatstroke of your cat.
Symptoms of heatstroke include:
Excessive panting; lethargy; drooling; fever; vomiting; collapse or unconsciousness. If you are worried about your cat or suspect they are suffering from heatstroke, call your local vet immediately.