FELINE THE HEAT? HOW TO KEEP YOUR CAT COOL

With temperatures across the UK soaring we’ve been looking for ways to beat the heat here at Natusan HQ. 

So we asked our resident vet and star of This Morning and Vet on the Hill Dr. Scott Miller for his advice on keeping our kitties cool.

 

As the weather gets warmer, it is important to take extra steps to keep your furry friends safe and comfortable.

In a recent survey by the British Veterinary Association, 64% of vets reported treating animals that were affected by heat-related conditions during the summer’s record-breaking heat, with over half being treated for heat stroke.

The majority of cats have thick coats and produce very little sweat, and although some cats are able to tolerate the heat more than others, here are some tips to help you prevent your cat from overheating and stay hydrated.

 

MAKE A "KITTY COOLER”

Use a cardboard box to create a mini cave for your cat to take refuge from the heat in!
Pop in some frozen water bottles wrapped in towels to provide something cool (but dry) for them to snuggle against.

 

GET A BREEZE GOING

If you don't have air conditioning, and prefer not to leave fans running, leave all your windows open with screens in place so your cat doesn't pop out for an impromptu sunbathing session.

 

ICE IS NICE

You can give your cat ice in their water to cool down, and it can make for a fun game batting around an ice cube (not so great for the kitchen floor, however)

Alternatively, try making some frozen treats from something your cat likes, such as this recipe for tuna lollies from Battersea Cats & Dogs Home.

 

STAY HYDRATED

Make sure your cat's water bowl is topped up regularly. Some cats prefer running water, so perhaps invest in a kitty water fountain (your water bill may thank you)

 

LIMIT ACTIVITY

This goes for everyone, really… The more you move, the hotter you get, so maybe keep playtimes in the morning or evening, when it isn't so hot! 

 

You may have already noticed a decrease in your cat’s daily activity and their eating habits, be sure to look for the signs of overheating in cats, this includes:

 

  • Appearing restless, agitated or in distress
  • A large amount of saliva coming from the mouth or nose
  • Being unsteady on their feet or staggering as if dizzy
  • A very bright red tongue
  • Muscle tremors or seizures
  • Not going to the toilet, or going too much and showing signs of diarrhoea
    • Panting - this is a real warning sign that a feline is under heat stress!

     

    If any of these symptoms occur, get in touch with your vet right away!

    And one last thing, don’t forget the sunscreen!

    This is especially important with pale cats, as they are particularly vulnerable to sun damage.

     

    Keeping your cat indoors is the best way to combat the heat, make sure to provide them with plenty of water, a cool spot in your home, and don't forget the litter if your cat usually goes outside! 

     

    What are you doing to keep your cats cool, let us know on social media!

    14/08/2020 by NatuTeam

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