The summer months are here. The hot weather can create a spot of bother for your pet cat. Your cat will not just feel hot and bothered but it will also increase the risk of dehydration and heatstroke.
Here are some simple and smart ways to keep your pet cat cool this hot summer.
- Plenty of Fresh Water
Always ensure that your pet cat has access to plenty of fresh water. Replace the water a few times during the day. This will encourage the cat to drink.
Place many bowls of water both inside and outside the house. This will ensure that the cat has access to water wherever it goes. On very hot days, you can drop a few ice cubes in the water bowl. This will help keep the water cool even in hot weather.
- Ample Shade
Cats love to snooze during the day. A cool spot with ample shade will help them keep cool when it gets too hot. If your pet cat stays indoors, you can draw the curtains of the windows to provide shade and keep cool.
If there are no natural shady spots in your garden, you can create one by placing a cardboard or cloth over the area. This will help keep the sun out.
If the cat has long fur, brush it often. A well-groomed coat will help keep cool. Daily grooming will help get rid of dead hair. This will make the cat feel cool and comfortable.
Use damp towels to gently stroke the pads of the paws, the tummy, chin, and outside the ears. You can do this at least a couple of times each day to keep your pet cool in the sweltering summer heat.
- Air Circulation in House
Keep the windows open to let in the breeze. This will help circulate the air inside your home. Place a small fan near the window or on the floor so that the cat gets cool air. If you have an air conditioner, you can switch it on for some time to cool the room. You can choose to switch the air conditioner on for especially hot days.
- Learn the Signs of Heatstroke
When exposed to excessive summer heat pets can get overheated and suffer from heatstroke. Your pet cat is at considerable risk of getting heatstroke in summer as it cannot cool itself.
Gain knowledge about the signs of heatstroke. The symptoms include high fever, excessive panting, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, drooling, and unconsciousness. If you see any of these symptoms it is best to contact the vet immediately.
- Avoid Exercise and Excessive Playtime
On warm days it is best to avoid any kind of exercise or excessive playtime. Play with your pet cat only during the coolest part of the day. Early morning or late evening is the best time to play and relax with your cat.
Pay extra attention to your pet cat during summers. If you see them show any sign of heatstroke or dehydration, you should contact the vet immediately. This can help save their lives.