How To Keep Your Cat Cool This Summer

Are the temperatures up in your area?

Record breaking heat has swept across the US this summer and its been hot out there.

If its hot for us can you imagine what our best friends covered in fur are feeling like? 

While cats generally tolerate the heat better than us, they can suffer on hot days...

Here are a few ways to make your feline companion more comfortable - both before and during a heatwave:

  1. Keep your cat well groomed

    A tangle-free coat will help keep your cat cool, so brush your cat often over the summer months.

  2. Stroke your cat with a damp washcloth

    On hot days, gently stroking your cat with a damp washcloth or paper towel can help them cool down.

  3. Use a small box fan

    To create a lovely breeze for your cat, place a small box fan on the floor near an air conditioner or open window.

  4. Leave fresh water around the house

    Leaving bowls of fresh water dotted around the house will prompt them to drink more often. Remember to change the water daily. 

  5. Close curtains and blinds during the day

    Close all window coverings to keep the house cool. Not only will it keep your kitty happy, it’ll save you money on air-conditioning bills as well.

  6. Keep cool flooring uncovered

    Don’t be surprised to find your cat stretched out on the kitchen or bathroom floor. Cats naturally gravitate to cool surfaces in the heat, so consider rolling away the rug or bath mat

  7. Elevate your cat’s bed

    Ventilation is key, so consider investing in a cloth-covered cat bed with short plastic or metal legs. The air passing under the bed will help keep your cat cool.

  8. Make a ‘cool water bottle’ for your cat

    To transform your cat’s favourite lounging spot to a chilled oasis, fill a drink bottle with cold water and leave it in the freezer overnight. In the morning, wrap the bottle in a towel and place it in position, ready for a relaxing cat-nap.

Some final heat safety tips

Pay attention to your cat's feet as they have sweat glands on their paws. If your cat is leaving wet paw prints, it’s a sign of sweating, so you’ll need to replenish her fluids.

Always check sheds and garages before shutting doors. Cats can find their way into all sorts of hidey holes, particularly if they’re looking for a shady spot to cool down in.

Watch for symptoms of heatstroke. These include excessive panting, lethargy, drooling, fever, vomiting, collapse or unconsciousness. If you’re worried about your cat, call your vet immediately.