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Baby it's ... HOT outside!

Winter is long gone and the hot summer days are upon us. Unlike us humans, staying cool is not as easy for our furry family members. Fortunately, there are still some things you can do to help ease the heat for your feline companion.

Cool Your Cat Down with Ice

Add ice cubes to your kitty’s bowl to cool her down.

If you’re going to be away all day and you know it’s going to get warm in the afternoon, drop three or four cubes into kitty’s water bowl before you head out.

Keep Your Cat Cool with Some Homemade Air-Conditioning

Fill a small water bottle with cold water and leave it in the freezer overnight. In the morning, wrap the bottle in a towel and put it in your cat’s favorite lounging spot. If she gets overheated, she’ll appreciate the kitty cooling room. Don’t fill the bottle to the top: Water expands when it freezes, and you could have a mess on your hands if you don’t leave some air space.

Elevate the Bed

A nice elevated bed will allow your cat to sleep in comfort during hot weather, and the air passing under her bed will help to keep her cool.

Give Your Cat a Fan

Give your cat a small box fan to stave off summer heat.

Get a small box fan and set it on the floor near your air conditioner or an open window. If your kitty gets too hot, she’ll appreciate the breeze blowing through her fur to keep her cool. For extra cooling power during summer heat, put one of those frozen water bottles in front of the fan.

Pet Your Cat with a Wet Cloth

Take a damp washcloth or paper towel and stroke your cat with it. Most cats don’t mind a little bit of moisture on their fur, especially when they notice how it can cool them off. In fact, one of the ways cats cool themselves down is by grooming, which is nothing more than wetting their fur with saliva rather than water.

Close the Curtains

Close the curtains or blinds in your south- or west-facing windows. Not only will it keep your kitty cooler, it’ll save you money on your a/c bills as well.

Avoid Cooling Gel Packs

Although gel cold packs are made with ingredients that are considered nontoxic for humans, the gel could be harmful to your cat if she happens to poke a hole in the plastic with her claw and ingest it.

Postpone Playtime with Your Cat

Even if your cat loves a rousing game of Chase the Mousie, it’s best to wait until the end of the day, when it’s cooler. Cats can get overheated pretty quickly by strenuous exercise on hot days.

Never, Never, Never Leave Your Cat in Your Car

Not even for a quick errand. A closed car can reach temperatures well over 100 degrees in a frighteningly short time.

If your cat starts panting, drooling or having trouble breathing, or she seems to be losing consciousness, get to your vet or the nearest emergency clinic right away. These are symptoms of heatstroke, and if left untreated, your cat could suffer from kidney damage, heart dysfunction or other potentially fatal problems.

Author: Jane A Kelley


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