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 help them stay hydrated.
Make a “Kitty Cooler”Using every cat’s favourite toy, a cardboard box, you can create a mini cave for your cat to take refuge from the heat! You can pop some water bottles in the freezer and then wrap the frozen water bottles in towels to give your cats something cool (but dry!) to snuggle against.
Get a breeze goingIf you don't have air conditioning at home and prefer not to leave fans running when you’re out of the house, try leaving 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 it down, and batting around an ice cube can make for a fun game—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.
Keep them hydratedMake sure your cat's water bowl is topped up regularly, and if your cats prefer running water, consider investing in a kitty water fountain—your water bill may thank you!
This advice goes for everyone, really… The more you move, the hotter you get, so maybe reserve playtime for the morning or evening, when it isn't so hot!
You may have already noticed a reduction in your cat’s daily activity levels and their eating habits. Be sure to look for the signs of overheating in cats, which include:
- 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 there’s one last thing to keep in mind: 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 you provide them with plenty of water, a cool spot in your home, and don't forget the cat litter if your cat usually goes outside!
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15/06/2022 by NatuTeam